Released: 2008, ZYX Music/Goldencore Records/CMM Gmbh
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
It is now time for the little German man with the barbwired voice to sum it all up with this double live disc recorded in Tuttlingen Germany during the Mastercutor World Tour. I don’t think that Udo Dirkschneider is in need of any further introduction. He’s the frontman in the ground breaking German metal icons Accept and has also released numerous solo album. He has incorporated the Accept musical style into his own music and he has also got the old Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann with him on guitar in his solo band today.
MASTERCUTOR ALIVE is jammed with classical German heavy metal and nothing else. Udo has been generous with material and he has featured 26 songs altogether on the two discs, this is a feast for all Udo and Accept lovers.
The first disc kicks off with the intro from the new MASTERCUTOR studio album. Then comes “24/7” which is followed by “They Want War” in which Udo invited the crowd to sing a long with him. It is after this song that Udo speaks for the first time but unfortunately he talks in German so it’s impossible to understand what he’s saying.
Next song on the set list is “The Bullet and the Bomb” which is followed by the first Accept classic “Midnight Mover” and “Vendetta”. “Breaker” is played before Udo goes off stage and leaves place for a longer guitar solo. After the solo it’s time for a personal favorite song, “Princess Of The Dawn” in which the audience sings a long quite heavily. The tempo slows down in the next song which is “One Lone Voice” that continues on in “Winterdreams”. “Winterdreams” closes the first disc. So far MASTERCUTOR ALIVE is the perfect Udo and Accept live album.
Stefan Kaufmann, who has also mixed it together with Frank Stocksdale in Roxx Studio, produces this album. It’s the perfect production, you can hear the audience live and clear and they haven’t done any cuttings in between the songs. You get the true and genuine live feeling.
The second disc opens strongly with the Accept goldie “Living For Tonite” where the audience once again sings a long on the top of their lungs. “Thunderball” continues this amazing double live disc. “Man And Machine” and “Metal Heart” follow before the ordinary playing time is over and the audience starts to scream for encores.
Udo and the band enter the stage again and fire off hits like “Holy” and “Balls to the Wall” before they goe off the stage again. The crowd is determined and once again starts to scream for Udo to go on stage. Which he of course does and kicks off the Accept song “Fast As A Shark”.
MASTERCUTOR ALIVE is a totally brilliant album and will satisfy the need and urge of every U.D.O and Accept fans all over the world. The set list is magical and I can’t think of any song I miss. The band celebrated 20 years this particular evening and what better way of record a live album to celebrate and remember that evening? This live CD ought to be found in every true Accept and U.D.O fan’s Cd-rack. And if you want more of U.D.O is this show is available as a double DVD.