It is a passion I think I share with lots of people. Thankfully, experienced labels like Pseudonym Records share the same passion and release anthology box sets from artists that contain the original albums in remastered form, with detailed information, storytelling liner notes and much sought after demo material.
The affordable price, makes it a must-have for any fan of the band involved. Their latest box set covers one of the first metal bands to emerge from Holland, Bodine. Before anyone raises an eyebrow as to why do a review on a box set by a relatively unknown Dutch metal band, let me pitch two unique selling points. The major first one is the fact that it sees one of the first ever footsteps in the music business by Arjen Lucassen, known today from Ayreon and his many other escapades.
The second one sold the box set to me right away, as there's a personal aspect that's been following me ever since I engaged with Bodine.
For this we have to go back to aroundwhen I worked at a liquor store in Bussum. Here visitors could catch sounds of my favourite music in the back of the store, Hard Times - Bodine - Three Times Running (Cassette I listened to all sorts of progressive rock, AOR and heavier stuff. One day, while Cities On Flame by Blue Oyster Cult played in the background, a humble, introverted regular costumer walked in and upon Hard Times - Bodine - Three Times Running (Cassette the riff, surprisingly stated that he had seen the band at the Paradiso, Amsterdam in Needless to say we hit it off and talked quite a bit on the topic of music, after which he left without saying his name.
Several visits later I had deducted that he worked as an illustrator and some entertaining conversations later he, almost apologetically, confessed to having played in a hard rock band going by the name of Bodine. His name was Axel Langemeijer. Dumbstruck, for I didn't make the link at all before, our conversations from then on went all over the place. Our bond became stronger when one day he walked in, and out of the blue explained that for the first time he had tried his hand at a comic strip called "De Swingende Slijter" "The Swinging Liquor Salesman"inspired by our conversations, and to my amazement handed it over to me.
From that moment on, different rocking comic strips and special drawings came my way, nowadays carefully framed and tucked away. A fond and precious memento, which I still hold dear. Some five years later, on the 19th of MarchAxel passed away far too quickly at the age of So in memoriam to him, all the more reason to embrace the music, now that it's been so carefully restored by Pseudonym Records. For Album) review of Album) box, I started with the information about the box here, but I will review the albums inside the box separately below.
Bodine started under a different name inwhen drummer Gerard Haitsma met up with Rene Rijsdijk guitars. With the addition of Armand van der Hoff bass two years later, the now stable formation changed their name towards "Doreen" and started looking for a singer. In the UK Bodine are a band that seldom gets mentioned in the story of Heavy Metal, however, in Dutch circles, they are rightly seen as a band that stood on the edge of greatness.
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