Writing an U.D.O. review is not exactly a daunting task. You pretty much know what you are getting before you get into the album. The U.D.O. formula has not really changed since even the old Accept days. U.D.O. brings it straight at your face with a German metal feel to the music. The riffs are heavy and the choruses are catchy. If you are in the mood for some good, old classic metal, then you could do much worse than popping in any U.D.O. release. Oh, and in case you are new to the party, U.D.O is the German metal band led by former Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider.
With that being said, Rev-Raptor does follow the same, cookie-cutter template that U.D.O. has followed for a while. The opening, title track, Rev-Raptor, comes at you hard and fast with a chanting chorus, which by the end of the song, you are singing along to. From Rev-Raptor on to Leatherhead, which has a different type of sound than a lot of what we are used to, but still follows the format. Honestly, if you are in the right mood, you could listen to U.D.O. all day without regrets. Check out a song like Renegade with solid thrashing riffs and chanting vocals.
Now that I have talked about U.D.O.’s format and cookie-cutter approach, I will say that Rev-Raptor was quite a welcome surprise. I find this one to be better than previous releases and has some true highlights that set itself apart from previous releases.
Longevity, integrity and consistency; these are the hallmarks of German metal kings U.D.O. Formed by two former members of Accept — Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar) — U.D.O. have been flying their triumphant flag since their 1987 formation, but their 2009-released Dominator was a true triumph for the band, as the endless praise from fans and metal critics alike will attest.
Since Dominator’s release, fans have been venomously awaiting the follow-up, and the wait is now over, as their thirteenth studio album, entitled Rev-Raptor, is confirmed for stateside release on May 31! On the thirteen-track album, U.D.O. provide the logical successor to Dominator; its concise rhythms and machine-like grooves are a perfect complement to the traditional and as usual outstanding songwriting of the band, and Dirkschneider’s incisive voice as always triumphantly at the forefront of the action.