(9/10) German rockers from Donots have already 21 years of band history they can look back to. They have played concerts in Germany, Europe and even overseas like in Japan and the US. They also supported band like Billy Talent and Die Toten Hosen. That means that we can conclude that we don't talk about rookies here. The Donots combine experience with passion without becoming boring or tired in more than two decades.
The new album they have now up and running is called "Karacho", which means something like 'speed' or 'fast'. Nomen et omen. The album is a blast.
And what is reflected already in the title is also the big change compared to the former releases. "Karacho" is the first album the band does in German language.
This wasn't something that was planned from the beginning. It happened over time and it obviously felt good for the guys. And I got the impression that the change of languages also brought some extra freshness into the music. No worries, we are still talking about 100% Donots here, but it feels like the guys had even more fun by working on "Karacho". It feels like 'full speed ahead'. "Karacho" in the best meaning of the word.
The album starts with the "Ohohoh' sing-a-long part before the tune turns into a heavy rocker with crunchy guitars and rough vocals from singer Ingo Klnollmann. This is a great start into the album that is full of self-cofidence.
The groove takes over in "Dann ohne mich" before "Junger Mann zum Leiden gesucht", an ironic hymn about self-pity, takes over. "Problem kein Problem" has a cool ska approach and "Du darfst niemals glücklich sein" is a powerful rock song that can become a great live track.
"Kaputt" is one of the heaviest numbers on "Kamikaze". The tune has an angry punk attitude that shows the band in a real 'pissed-off' mode. 2 minutes right to the point. Good thing that with "Weiter" an half acoustic song comes next. It's those changes that makes the album so entertaining.
Via the optimistic "Kopf bleibt oben" the listener gets to "Hier also weg". The last mentioned one was one of the first tracks in German and made it on the album. Good decision. It's one of the best pieces that blows you away. This song can activate the last energy reserves after a long festival day.
"Strassenköter" is a good song that is a bit more average compared to the other ones. "Das Ende der Welt ist längst vorbei" comes with an excellent groove and has a great hookline. If the end of the world sounds that good we don't have to be afraid at all.
"Besser als das" sounds a bit like the Beatsteaks before with "Immer noch" an acoustic song takes over that is the most catchy one on "Kamikaze". The number has a country- / folk touch which works very well. And it continues acoustically. "Hansaring, 2:10" takes the same line.
I think that "Karacho" belongs to the best album the Donots have released so far; if it's not even the best one. It rocks more than the last release "Wake the dogs" and it also got a more powerful production. Very good stuff that you have to check out.
- Ich mach nicht mehr mit
- Dann ohne mich
- Junger Mann zum Mitleiden gesucht
- Problem kein Problem
- Du darfst niemals glücklich sein
- Kopf bleibt oben
- Hier also weg
- Das Ende der Welt ist laengst vorbei
- Besser als das
- Immer noch
- Hansaring, 2:10 Uhr
Label: Vertigo Berlin (Universal Music)