Title: DecadentLabel: AFM Records
it comes to legends in the world of Heavy Metal they don't come
any more legendary than Udo Dirkschneider, the unchallenged
the world seem split between the haves and the have nots,
the gap between the rich and the poor has never been so
dominant and this is the basis behind U.D.O.’s fifteenth studio
twelve tracks of pure Heavy Metal, the man from Wuppertal
shows no sign of relinquishing this Metal crown if this
album is anything to go by.
is no holds barred Metal at its Teutonic best. The album
opens up with the massive guitar driven assault that is
‘Speeder’, which lays down the foundation for the rest of
the album, as the title track ‘Decadent’ is next.
is just such a thunderous ball-breaking slice of Metal, if
seen the hard hitting video that accompanies this one, then I
recommend you do check it out. The shock and awe element hit
the mark as it was no doubt intended to do.
no-nonsense Heavy Metal we expect from U.D.O. continues with
the excellent ‘House of Fake’, a really classy slab of no
holds barred METAL \mm/ \mm/ This is Dirkschneider at his
Teutonic metal is at its rawest with the massive
‘Mystery’, with Dirkschneider displaying a multitude of
vocal styles on this one. Then it's straight shooting, full-force Metal with the excellent riff laden ‘Pain’.
This is Dirkschneider in full Metal attack. His vocals have never
sounded so angsty, while still retaining an air of metal
the years Dirkschneider has delivered some stunning mellower
vocals and on this album he displays this well on the moving
‘Secrets In Paradise’, a real tour-de-force if ever there
back to the full on Heavy Metal with the storming guitars of
‘Meaning Of Life’ and the monstrous back beats of
‘Breathless’, before the rip-snorting, riff-frenzy that is
‘Under Your Skin’. The next song slows down
slightly to bring us back the old school
anthemic Heavy Metal with the blistering
It's heads-down, raise your horns time with the electrifying ‘Rebels Of The Night’, before this Metal Monster of an album closes with the majestic ‘Words In Flame’. Another monstrous slab of metal that closes what is another superb album from the unchallenged king of Heavy Metal Mr Udo Dirkschneider, “Long Live The King”!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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