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January 2015
Released: 2015, AFM Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Udo is back with easily the strongest album of his career. I anticipated the release of STEELHAMMER back in 2013 and still love it to this day so when DECADENT was announced I had high expectations for it, and it delivered in every aspect.

Opening up with the appropriately titled “Speeder” we get a high energy song that sets the pace for the majority of the album. The title track is the one that really stood out to me upon first listen with its pronounced bass lines. It has that marching vibe to it that hints at “Balls To The Wall” at times yet in a very subtle manner. Next up is “House Of Fake” which kicks it up a notch tempo-wise. This fast past track is a real headbanging song that just bakes you want to, well..bang your head. This is a real concert song that should go over well live. A song such as “Secrets In Paradise” slows it all down for a few minutes. This ballad is not out of place as Udo has released some great ones over the years especially “Dancing With An Angel” that he did with Doro. A nice mellow interlude amongst an aggressive album.

DECADENT is an album by which I feel I will be judging other releases of this year against. It is the first album of 2015 that I heard and if this is any indication of what we can expect we better break out our wallets because it will get expensive. This is one fantastic album that makes you think.
Track Listing

House Of Fake
Secrets In Paradise
Meaning Of Life
Under Your Skin
Rebels Of The Night
Words In Flame


Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals
Fitty Wienhold - Bass
Andrey Smirnov - Guitar
Kasperi Heikkinen - Guitar
Francesco Jovino- Drums



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