U.D.O. are back, and they may have just released their strongest CD, of their career. There were some questions, about the band, with the departure of longtime bandmate Stefan Kaufman back in 2011. Their first release, post Kaufman, Steelhammer signaled the return of the classic U.D.O. sound. Questions answred! It was a solid release, but not as strong as this new platter. Decadent is chock full of instant classics, that will keep you wanting more.
Decadent starts off strong, with the opener, Speeder, which is an in your face, up tempo rocker, that is sure to be a big hit live. It is melodic and full of killer riffs. The band sound crisp and Udo's vocals sound stronger than ever. It is hard to believe that Udo Dirkschneider has now been fronting his namesake, for almost 30 years. From the opening track, to the final track, Words in Flame, this one is solid. The best thing about this record, is how it blends all facets of Udo's career. From the crushing mid-tempo rocker Untouchable to the more melodic Pain (ala Accept - Metal Heart era) this one gives you the whole enchilada, and more.
Bottom Line: U.D.O. may have stumbled, a bit, over the past few releases, but they have re-established themselves, as a force to be recknoded with. Solid form start to finish. Ok, there's a ballad and ya know.
Standout Tracks: Speeder, Untouchable, Words of Flame, Pain
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