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U.D.O. - Steelfactory
(AFM Records, 31 Aug 2018)
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 24 Sept 2018
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Has the forefather of German heavy music ever released a crappy album? It's a rhetorical question I think. Mr Dirkschneider has been forging pure metal with his solo act for 30+ years and has always been as dependable as it gets. Consistency is his middle name and with a self-explanatory title like "Steelfactory", you don't need to take a guess at what the new material sounds like. "Tongue Reaper" is a perfect opener, fast and very Accept-ish with the rest of the album being a nice mixture of mostly mid-paced tunes, with acoustic guitars in the slower "In the Heat of the Night", spoken parts and Eastern scales in the more modern-sounding "Raise the Game", a tango-solo in "Blood on Fire" (stolen from a well-known tune "La Cumparsita"), wah-wah soloing in "Rising High" (another tip of the hat to Accept), all so typical of U.D.O.'s music. The echoes of the mastermind's old band are quite audible throughout the entire album with the possible reason for this being the recent "Back to the Roots" tour where he played just the classic Accept material. Andrey Smirnov's lead guitar work requires a special mention here, as it adds this magic ingredient to the music, taking it all to another level, but the entire band's performance oozes quality, as usual. No high-pitched vocals by Udo anymore, as expected, but his hallmark voice that put him on the metal map will always remain one of the most recognisable sounds in heavy music. I could do without some of the songs placed towards the end of the album but all in all it seems that the band may have topped the very strong previous releases "Steelhammer" and "Decadent" here. Whether they have or not, "Steelfactory" is a damn good addition to U.D.O.'s discography.
Rating: 8

Written by Wojtek Gabriel

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Tags: U.D.O., Udo Dirkschneider, heavy metal, Steelfactory
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