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U.D.O. : Mastercutor

It's telling that the one sheet for this release announces that Udo is celebrating 30 years of "quality" metal. There certainly is a quality here, though there should be little debate about what quality it is. The veteran German vocalist doesn't sound like he's aged all that much since he put our collective balls to the wall back in the '80s but the rest of the world has. Hence, the Priest and Saxon-isms evident in the title cut (What is up with that horribly dorky intro?) and others such as "We Do-For You" (yet another dorky intro) or the faux metal balladry of "Master Of Disaster" or the abysmal take on tenderness "Tears Of A Clown" ring as false, tired and beneath someone of Udo's, uh, stature. This stuff is competent, sure, but then so is that Sister Hazel cover band at your local meat rack beer joint.

Dude, leave the '80s in the past and get on to banging our heads with something that feels and sounds like it was unearthed within the last couple of years. Otherwise, all we're doing is wearing the musical equivalent of our tattered Shit Happens t-shirts and that's no fun.

Track Listing
1. Mastercutor
2. The Wrong Side Of Midnight
3. The Instigator
4. One Lone Voice
5. We Do-For You
6. Walker Of The Dark
7. Master Of Disaster
8. Tears Of A Clown
9. Vendetta
10. The Devil Walks Alone
11. Dead Man's Eyes 12. Crash Bang Crash

Added: May 23rd 2007
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
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U.D.O. : Mastercutor
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-05-23 08:24:57
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If anything, Mastercutor shows that the now 55 year old former Accept singer still has plenty of fire left in his gut after all these years. The band churns out plenty of riff-heavy metal mongers here, and the vocalist still can whip out those vile passages that litterally sound like nobody else in metal-it's not quite a growl, not quite a scream, but certainly lethal. There are some solid tracks here that are fairly memorable and crunchy, like "Instigator", "The Wrong Side of Midnight", "Walker of the Dark", and the furious "Master of Disaster". However, there are plenty of clunkers, like the drippy "One Lone Voice", the 80's cliche-ridden "We Do-For You", the boring ballad "Tears of a Clown",and the 'been there, done that' tiredness of "The Devil Walks Alone".

Still, let's give the little terror some credit-any singer who has been in the business some 30 years and can still crank out molten metal like "Vendetta" and "Dead Man's Eyes" deserves some kudos. Despite the fact that you probably won't hear anything new or groundbreaking in this set, there's enough to recommend to Accept and Udo fans who will see that their hero still has what it takes to be a player on the metal scene.

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