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U.D.O. - Steelhammer Award winner

by Tomer "Tommy-Foxx" Darmon at 13 May 2013, 6:00 PM

So Udo Dirkschneider is back again, punching the clock, with a new album. I didn't know what to expect as his recently albums went to different directions that were surprisingly different from the old school Metal ways of his past. Prior to this release, I listened to the single, "Metal Machine", which gave me hopes that Dirkschneider is back to make some noise like in the good old days, and the confidence that this is about to be a Heavy Metal experience.

Basically, "Steelhammer" is a combination between the guy's first releases like "Animal House" to his work with ACCEPT as "Metal Heart". "SteelHammer" and "A Cry Of A Nation" opening the album, providing a Heavy Metal supply as it should be: strong, fast and heavy. Dirkschneider sounded rather natural without all the effects expunging his voice like on his last works. "Basta Ya" is a surprise, a song which Dirkschneider sings in Spanish, sounds as if it was taken from the mid-80s, very heavy and has the right spirit of what Heavy Metal is all about. What I like about Dirkschneider is that he knows to write Metal anthems, songs that are easy to sing along and that sticks to your mind forever. "Devil's Bite" is a good example, a very unique track with an oriental blink within the guitar solo.

"Death Ride", a very fast track and bombing drums, the band assumes a stance of fabulous Speed Metal reminder of the old days of "Fast As A Shark".

There isn't a better riff on the album that can describe the UDO familiar signature other than "Timekeeper", heavy as it can be, like a military marsh, has a little bit of the electronic vibe but Metal screams out of the song. The main riff is very typical to early UDO creations, and the chorus is a sing along, built straight for live presentations.

"Never Cross My Way" is one of my favorite songs, smartly composed, soft intro with a build up into a heavy hitter, very melodic, pretty addictive. "Take My Medicine" and "Stay True" are additional overdoses of heaviness and razor back riffing that will slice you to pieces. fast Heavy Metal with tons of energy.

"Steelhammer" is a way back to the roots of the true Metal, it combines all what made U.D.O to be one of the greatest German Metal artists. If you are looking for an album with balls that will have a huge impact on Heavy Metal these days – "Steelhammer" is the right one.

4 Star Rating

1. Steelhammer
2. A Cry Of a Nation
3. Metal Machine
4. Basta Ya
5. Heavy Rain
6. Devil's Bite
7. Death Ride
8. King Of Mean
9. Time Keeper
10. Never Cross My Way
11. Take My Medicine
12. Stay True
13. When Loves Becomes a Lie
14. Book of Faith
Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Kasperi Heikkinen – Guitar
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Fitty Wienhold – Bass
Andrey Smimov – Guitar
Record Label: AFM Records


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