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U.D.O. - Mastercutor (7,5/10) - Germany - 2007

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: AFM Records
Playing time: 50:32
Band homepage: U.D.O.

Tracklist:

  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 Distaster
  8. Tears Of A Clown
  9. Vendetta
  10. The Devil Walks Alone
  11. Dead Man’s Eyes
  12. Crash Band Crash
U.D.O. - Mastercutor

Very weird, circus-like intro…made me think I was listening to the wrong promo. But nope, there’re Udo Dirkschneider’s trademark vocals, this is U.D.O. alright. But from the get-go, something is different this time. There are still undeniable head-nods to ACCEPT, but those are to be unexpected. But unlike U.D.O.’s last album, “Mission No. X”, which was a by-the-numbers exercise (chore) in Teutonic Heavy Metal, “Mastercutor” (dumb name, I think) simply sounds more inspired. Take the first, self-titled track for example: It sounds similar to modern GRAVE DIGGER, and that band rips.

 

Starting with “The Wrong Side Of Midnight”, U.D.O. locks into a groove and, with the exception of the enjoyable ballads, sticks in for the better part of “Mastercutor”. Occasional points of reference are the previously mentioned title track (sans the intro part); the fast and ripping “Master Of Distaster”, with it’s ‘epic’ pre-chorus; and the stomping, pissed groove of “Vendetta”. It’s unfortunate that the album ends on its weakest track, “Crash Bang Crash”, with its laughable (read: terrible) lyrics, as it adds a negative mark to an otherwise enjoyable album.

 

U.D.O. has been around the block a time or two (a lot more than that, actually), and knows how to make a sonically great recording, so the production is near to perfection. It’s also nice to hear that after so long U.D.O. isn’t content to simply rest on its laurels (like on “Mission No. X”), but is still capable of pounding out heavy and straight forward Metal, hopefully teaching some of the young-guns how to do it along the way.

(Online August 7, 2007)

Eric Vieth



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