U.D.O. are back with their new studio album “Thunderball”, the tenth overall and the first for AFM Records. They could not top off the previous album “Man And Machine“, but the band is known for their good work in any way. So it is not surprising that the new long player is more than solid.
Pure, direct Heavy Metal from the first to the last second. What should Udo Dirkschneider do otherwise anyway, eh? Udo sings, screams, sweats and ploughs through the songs that it’s pure bliss. Besides the earthy rhythm work the guitars shine with damn cool solos. On “Trainride To Russia“ we even get the accordion, let’s swing! Additionally it has some Russian lines, got something! Also really good is “Pull The Trigger“, a fat Rocker in best “Russian Roulette“ tradition, with a great chorus, which is predestined for live action.
More enthusiasm through “The Land Of The Midnight Sun“, a dramatically starting stomper in best “Heaven And Hell“ (BLACK SABBATH) fashion. And also the rather relaxed “The Magic Mirror” has a great chorus. Altogether a very cohesive album, which leaves little to be desired. Maybe lacking a speedy element, but that’s just a matter of taste. The first edition contains a bonus CD with a video, a bonus track and multimedia extras. (Online May 8, 2004)