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U.D.O.: Steelfactory

It’s been said there are two things you can count on in life is Death and Taxes. I’d like to amend that list to three things: Death, Taxes and UDO. Forty years later, four minutes later UDO is the most reliable metal in your face rocking roller there ever was. Bar none. Steelfactory opens with a typical UDO blazing song “Tongue Reaper” straight out of the head crusher catalog. Guitarist pulls off the cat’s tail on the first track. What a way to start this metal festival but not surprised because he needs no frills or keyboard introduction. Just point the way and the target is destroyed.

The next track “Make the Move” has more crunches than Rice Krispies and tastes a lot better too. A heavy tale of manhood mixed with melodic power metal and superior drum skills. Love this number. “Keeper of My Soul” is a mystically-themed song replete with mysterious sounds and cool backup anthem. If you like your spirituality plugged into a stack of Marshalls then welcome to the Church of UDO.

“Blood on Fire” is probably the most Accept-like song on the album. Guess it’s bound to happen but its still a rousing rocker with enough phlegm to cover the Statue of Liberty. “Hungry and Angry” is likely the soundtrack of my little sons. I can just see them pounding their tiny fists on the stage yelling at UDO for some darn chicken nuggets. This song like it’s amusing title is full of hungry fun and hellfire.

Towards the end of this steelfactory fury is “A Bite of Evil” with UDO aping some Type O Negative and coming out shouting down the love shacks of tomorrow. Guitar work phenomenal on this track. Wow this guitarist shoots the prisoners and then proceeds to solo on their dead bodies. The final song “The Way” is opens with a classical guitar and UDO taking his time on a semi-ballad. This isn’t Russian Roulette. He actually pulls off this ballad. Thank God. And Thank God for UDO not changing with the times but rather improving within his own dignified framework.

See more about this release on our recent YouTube show!

Track List
1. Tongue Reaper 4:26
2. Make the Move 4:04
3. Keeper of My Soul 4:02
4. In the Heat of the Night 4:52
5. Raise the Game 4:12
6. Blood on Fire 4:42
7. Rising High 4:10
8. Hungry and Angry 4:37
9. One Heart One Soul 4:57
10. A Bite of Evil 5:11
11. Eraser 4:00
12. Rose in the Desert 4:12
13. The Way 4:47

Added: September 9th 2018
Reviewer: Mark Antony Rossi
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2001
Language: english

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U.D.O.: Steelfactory
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2018-09-09 13:04:59
My Score:

As my colleague Mark has so eloquently stated above, legendary vocalist Udo Dirkschneider is one of those singers you can always count on, whether it be with his former band Accept or his solo act U.D.O., the consistency of the material he has been a part of since the early '80s is undeniable. Steelfactory is the latest slab of heavy metal from the tiny terror, a snarling, pounding collection of 15 tracks that just scream classic metal all the way. Produced by none other than Jacob Hansen, Steelfactory sounds huge and in your face, the guitars super crisp n crunchy, the drumming potent, and of course Udo himself in fine form as always with his gravelly roar. Tracks like "Tongue Reaper", "Raise the Game", "Blood On Fire", and "Rising High" are thunderous power metal rippers, while the more anthemic "Make the Move" and "The Devil Is An Angel" could have easily been leftovers from Balls to the Wall era Accept with their memorable, sing-along choruses and catchy riffs.

If anything, Steelfactory suffers slightly due to a little bloat, as with 15 songs and over an hour in length, the album can be a chore for those who prefer more compact releases these days, but it's all high quality metal as only Udo and his hot band can deliver. Recommended.

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U.D.O.: Steelfactory
Posted by Michael Gibson on 2018-10-07 02:23:51
My Score:

This is another great heavy metal album by UDO. If this was 1980, he would be headlining. Instead, he'll be playing to crowds of hundreds and perhaps thousands in some cases. It's hard to understand how he has literally dozens of excellent songs in his solo catalog but, few could name one song of his. That as Iron Maiden continues to sellout 50-thousand seat stadiums and 12-thousand seat arenas based only on their 1980's songs. Anyway, Tongue Reaper, Raise the Game, Blood on Fire, The Devil is an Angel, Hungry and Angry are my favorites. I can't wait for UDO to tour the U.S. I hope they can get with Judas Priest for a real metal fest. I also hope more people will start listening to this album and UDO's past work. If you haven't listened to his stuff you are absolutely going to love it when you check it out.

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