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UDO: Rev-Raptor

Who'd have thought that at this stage of his career UDO would be dashing expectations by turning out a jazz record???? Well not me and to be fair not UDO!! As sure as night follows day and that bears would rather relieve themselves in the more wooded areas of the world, UDO 2011 offer up the same brand or brash, in your face metal that they and their unmistakable frontman have become synonymous with since Dirkschneider's time in Accept.

So there are no surprises here and in truth little hope of attracting new fans to the cause. However if you ever spent time banging your head along to the tough, barbed riffs, or ruined your throat gargling along with Udo himself, then there is no doubt that you'll find plenty to get your teeth knocked out by on Rev-Raptor. It is amazing that after all these years, songs like the uncompromising "Dr. Death", or the staccato burst of "Leatherhead" would be as comfortable on Accept's Metal Heart or Russian Roulette albums as they are on this offering. Right down to the snare smack, the stinging guitar solos and the sound of the riffs, there's no possibility of mistaking these songs as anyone other than UDO, or indeed Accept and obviously that is exactly what UDO and their fans want.

The quality across the whole album is way above average and it is to the band's credit that these well worn influences and ideas never sound too tired and over used, but don't expect any surprises at any point. That's not to say that Rev-Raptor isn't a fine release with pure, honest metal delivered by one the men who really set the tone for much of the music that followed over the next couple of decades. The guitars are to the fore at almost all times and UDO is as convincing behind the mic as ever and while things may be a little familiar in places, the themes are never boring or staid.

In these troubled times of uncertainty, it is in a strange way rather comforting to know that some things refuse to change or alter course. Hats off to UDO for staying true to themselves and their fans and making yet another worthy album in the process.

Track Listing
1. Rev-Raptor
2. Leatherhead
3. Renegade
4. I Give As Good As I Get
5. Dr. Death
6. Rock 'n' Roll Soldiers
7. Terrorvision
8. Underworld
9. Pain Man
10. Fairy Tales Of Victory
11. Motor-Borg
12. True Born Winners
13. Days Of Hope And Glory

Added: July 13th 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: UDO Online
Hits: 2540
Language: english

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