by: TJ Fowler
Label: AFM Records
Available: January 23rd, 2015
Udo Dirkschneider has been kicking the metal records out like a Teutonic metal factory for the better part of 25 years as a solo artist. Most metal heads will of course recognize Udo as the voice of Accept through the band’s heyday years of the 80’s and part of the 90’s when he was on and off again with the band. However Udo has been doing solo stuff since the late 80’s and has never really looked back having forged a very successful solo career.
While I will be the first to admit I do not have every Udo solo album I do have several including ‘Thunderball’ which I felt was a fantastic album filled with some great, catchy, metal tunes. And I have some other Udo albums that kind fo left me cold. So it has been a little up and down for me with Udo depending on the album. But now we come to the New Year and Udo is ready to unleash his new album ‘Decadent’ upon us. From the opening track, ‘Speeder’, Udo and Co. make it clear this album is all about the heavy metal riffs and crushing yet catchy songs.
Throughout the album, the songs deliver again and again that great traditional heavy metal which endeared the genre to so many in years past, with Udo’s signature vocals giving the band that extra edge and also its uniqueness. It’s fun, it’s wild and it’s metal. Songs like ‘Speeder’, ‘Mystery’ and ‘Rebels of the Night’ mark some the album’s highlights.
And while ‘Decadent’ is an album filled from top to bottom with ball crushing metal tunes there are a few spots where Udo slows it down a bit as the man does seem to have an affinity to doing ballads and in the case of this album we have ‘Secrets In Paradise’ . While the guitar work in this song is pretty great the song itself doesn’t really stick with me like other tracks on the album do. Also there are a few songs that seem to go on a bit long with many clocking in at around five minutes which for some seemed a little long.
These are minor quibbles though, compared to the album as a whole. ‘Decadent’ marks a milestone in Udo’s career showcasing the man and his band at their best and that after all these years they can still put out some blistering heavy metal. The album epitomizes what traditional heavy metal is about and fans of heavy metal in general will not be disappointed in what is offered here and comes highly recommended.
Rating : 4.25/5