U.D.O. – Steelfactory
U.D.O. (with legendary Udo Dirkschneider ex. Accept on vocals) is a band I have been listening to a lot and I have been a fan since I heard “Faceless world” for the first time. But to be honest I have been concerned, the last album that I classify as more than good is “Dominator” (2009).
The album opens up with “Tounge Reaper”, a Typical U.D.O.-song that starts off with melodic guitars and then continues with a great melodic bridge which is the highlight of the song and then a more simple chorus.
After the solo they choose to skip the bridge and instead jump right into the chorus, that is a shame and so typical this band. I don’t know why they keep doing this year after year, it’s still a good song anyway.
The next one, “Make the Move” is a great rifforiented song that is simular to “Living For Tonite” (Accept) with some cool guitarstuff that reminds me of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck. “Keeper of My Soul” is more epic and midtempo. “In the Heat of the Night” is melodic metal in its prime, the best U.D.O.-song in years. “Raise the Game” is a varied song with some epic parts but with a classic U.D.O-chorus.
They are more focused on melodies than speed and heaviness this time, it’s notable. “Blood of Fire” is another song that goes in that direction, it is a highlight of the album, a brilliant track with great melodies.
“Rising High” the first single from the album is a speedier track, a real headbanger!
You can find the first filler after eight tracks, “Hungry and Angry”. “One Heart One Soul” is the second released video from the album, another midtempo song with a big chorus and I love it.
“A Bite of Evil” and “Erasure” are another two good songs before the next highlight “Rose in the Desert”, which is another melodic hit. The album ends with a beautiful ballad (“The Way”).
This album really surprises me, the songwriting is far better than I hoped and there are less fillers here since “Faceless World” (1990)!
Things that not surprises me though is that Udo still sounds good and that the production is good, this album sounds fresh.
This is a great melodic heavy metal album but the heaviness is still there!
Label: AFM Records
Date of release: 31/8-18
Time: 58 minutes
Stand out tracks: Blood of Fire, In the Heat of the Night