Reviewed: September 2005
Released: 2005, AFM Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Every fan of genuine heavy metal knows this little man with the very hoarse voice. After Accept split up he has been occupied with his solo career with his own band simply called U.D.O. The new album is already recorded and it’s going to be called MISSION NO X which is due to be released later this year.
Instead of taking the summer of have Udo been out with the reunited Accept and toured through Europe on different festivals and they have also been on a shorter tour in Japan. But according to Udo this reunion is a one time thing and it is not going to happen again.
But now the summer is coming to its end and it’s time to focus on U.D.O. The guys are about to follow up their last studio album from 2004 THUNDERBALL, I guess that most of you already know that the drummer of Accept Stefan Kaufmann now plays guitar in U.D.O.
With U.D.O you know, just like many other older metal acts like Motörhead and Saxon for example, what you’re going to get when you buy an album and this EP is no different. It’s German heavy metal led by Udo’s characteristically hoarse voice. I think that it would be a disaster if Udo broke this sound and tried something new. The only boring thing with releasing albums close to each other like U.D.O does is that the material has a tendency to sound alike, something that could be solved with releasing fewer albums and by that maintaining a higher standard of the songs.
This EP is generous with songs as it includes one song taken from his album and 4 songs that are not included anywhere else besides on this EP. Besides that there is also an enhanced section with multimedia extras as well as lots of extra stuff.
“24/7″, taken from the forthcoming album, an excellent choice for a first single and includes everything you want to hear from U.D.O. and if the other songs on MISSION NO X are of this standard I can guarantee you all that you’ll not gonna be disappointed because it’s Accept oozing German heavy metal at its absolute best. The other 4 songs are also great and if you’re a fan of Udo you ought to buy the EP right away. But I do wonder if the last track “Hardcore lover” maybe are an autobiographical song?.
The EP was produced, recorded and mixed by Stefan Kaufmann in Roxx Studio in Pulheim. This is a standard but great EP from one of my childhood heroes that proves that he’s still going strong after all these years.
Killer tracks are “24/7″, “Mean streets” and of course “Hardcore lover”…
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