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U.D.O - 2011 Rev-Raptor

ALBUM: Rev-Raptor
LABEL: AFM Records
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Udo Dirkschenider- vocals * Igor Gianola - guitar * Stefan Kaufmann - guitar * Francesco Jovino - drums * Fitty Weinhold - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rev-Raptor * 02 Leatherhead * 03 Renegade * 04 I Give As Good As I Get * 05 Dr. Death * 06 Rock1N1Roll Soldiers * 07 Terrorvision * 08 Underworld * 09 Pain Man * 10 Fairy Tales Of Victory * 11 Motor-Borg * 12 True Born Winners * 13 Days Of Hope And Glory * 14 Time Dilator (bonus) * 15 Heavy Metal W:O:A (bonus) * 16 I Give As Good As I Get (Video) * 17 Leatherhead (Video)



As much as I didn't want to, I can't help but compare the latest offering from U.D.O. to Accept's excellent 2010 comeback release 'Blood Of The Nations.' There's no denying Udo's status as a metal legend, but I can't help but feel 'Rev-Raptor' pales into insignificance compared to the trail Accept are currently blazing. Udo has saturated the market with albums over the past decade, showing remarkable consistency, but at the same time the music seems to be growing decidedly dull and similar to what preceded it. Usually there's no fault with repeating a winning formula, but Udo seems to be losing that magic touch judging from the results here.

The Songs
There's definitely a large quantity of head-banging material to be found, with aggressive riffs and speed, but somehow the addictive nature of yesteryear isn't there. The melodies and song structures are too predictable, leaving tracks like 'Renegade' and 'Dr Death' faceless in the process. They might as well be from anything the band has recorded since 2002. 'Rock 'N' Roll Soldiers' is similar to 'Balls To The Wall' in places, a typical unifying anthem from Udo. Of course there's room for an atmospheric ballad or two, 'Underworld' fitting that bill mildly, perhaps too heavy, but the arm waving 'Days Of Hope And Glory' goes all the way, coming off as some victorious anthem that was written after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. 'Pain Man' is simply stale, just catch a load of that tired chorus and you'll catch my drift. There's always a fast track, this time the strangely titled 'Motor-Borg' which has Udo singing about some robotic tyrant ruling the motorways. 'True Born Winners' offers nothing new either, yet another semi-fast track with melody lines suited to Germany winning the World Cup.

In Summary
This is a remarkably boring effort by the great man and maybe he needs to take a few years off between albums, like five instead of one or two. However if Udo does this he might be reaching Biff Byford like age when he returns. The problem is Udo has stumbled along this formula which he seems unable to deviate from. It's gotten to the point where you know what the album will sound like before you even hear it. Accept at least have fresh legs with Mark Tornillo. Based on the sounds of 'Rev-Raptor' Udo may have done Accept a favor by not rejoining them. This is utterly forgettable.

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#1 | gdazegod on May 16 2011 22:50:43
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