Live review – Sabaton Open Air 2019: U.D.O.
The little angry man from Germany, also known as Udo Dirkschneider, never stops to amaze me. While he might move like the 67-year old he is, his voice hasn’t stop ageing since his mid twentys. The level off showmanship he brings out is just amazing and the whole band sets a ridiculous standard and right from the opening song “Tongue Reaper” we understand that this is going to be one heavy night. The following “Make The Move” gets the crowd going and is a full blown metal punch in the stomach.
With “24/7”, “Mastercutor” and “Cry Of a Nation” the somewhat slow audience starts to warm up, raising their hands and sing along. It is somewhere right here i first starts to really appreciate the monsteorus groove the drummer, Sven Dirkschneider, displays. With no apparent effort at all he hits harder, cleaner and groovier then most drummers out there!
Almost exactly when they start playing “Independence Day” the sky is opening and the rain starts to pour down on us and sadly, and a bit understandingly, a lot of people decides to head for shelter and leaves the show. But it’s their loss, because it is almost like U.D.O feeds of it and gets even more hungry and angrier. The classic guitar poses gets a bit higher, Andrey Smirnovs solos wilder, Udos screams a bit more sharp and the overall intencity increases especially in “Vendetta” and “Metal Machine”!
In classic -80’s metal style we get the individual solo parts and first up is Dee Dammers who delivers a acoustic solo which seamlessly goes in to “In The Darkness”, where Udo stands alone and almost pleads to the thinning crowd: “..please dont leave me alone.. In the darkness!” and it is such a beutiful moment that i almost run down front row to scream out my love for him. Next up is the crushing semi-ballad “I Give As Good As I Get”, but it is sadly a bit mis placed in the set because it slows the energy down a bit to have two such slow songs in a row. But they immediatly compensates it with “Time Bomb”, a track that mauls you down in the ground!
Next up in the solo bits is Sven and his excellent stick handeling. He is joined efter a short and perfectly executed solo, by bass player Tilen Hudrap who starts to chant with the crowd before exploding in to “Hungry And Angry”. The finishing “Heart Of Gold” and especially “One Heart One Soul” sends chills down my spine due to the ridicoulus beauty of the songs.
The first encore “Man & Machine” is followed by “They Want War” and in the second encore we get “Holy” and “Animal House” which is as good as it gets and simply cements the set as one of his best and the band as one of the heaviest around.
U.D.O doesnt fuck around. They are here to give us ballcrushing, facepunching heavy metal! They also doesnt need a big stage dekore or big pyro show. It simply is a back drop and a small podium for the drums. Not even a vissible speaker. This is a show where the music gets to speak for it self and it doesnt just speak. It screams!
Where: Sabaton Open Air Festival
Stand Out Track: Heart Of Gold