In a world of made up bands where Andy Warhol’s fifteen minutes of fame comes far too easy to many without any discernable talent, it's great to see artists such as Udo Dirkschneider still standing strong against the tide and showing the rest of the world that Heavy Metal is still force to be reckoned with, and that longevity in the business is still achievable if you stay true to what you believe in and truly believe with all your being in what you're doing.
mighty Mr Dirkschneider has recently celebrated his 60th birthday, but
more significantly he also celebrates over 25 years at the top of the
Heavy Metal hierarchy, fronting his own namesake band U.D.O. for over 25
years. The band he formed in 1987 after leaving the legendary
Accept. At that time who could have dreamed in doing so he would
create an equally legendary metal band for the legions of metal-heads
around the world to worship.
is quite simply, a double album crammed full of unreleased tracks,
B-sides, bonus tracks and forgotten pearls, which are all brought
together to celebrate this man and his music. This compilation is the
first part of the celebrations dedicated to both Udo the man and U.D.O.
the band, and in August it will be followed up with a brand new live
recording of the successful 'Rev-Raptor' tour on both DVD and CD.
is twenty-five slice of pure Dirkschneider, with some great renditions
of some classics, together with a few surprises along the way. The
versatility this man has brought to the world of metal over the years
has been truly breathtaking as songs such as 'Dancing With An Angel'
showcases perfectly. Udo might be metal to the very core, but
underneath it all he also has his softer more heartfelt moments, with
this song being one of them. I'm so pleased this was included in
this selection as it's a gorgeous song that calms even the most savage
of the many delights you will find on this album is the superb piano
version of ‘Balls To The Wall’ and the superb orchestral version of
‘Tears Of A Clown’. Then we have the excellent ‘Born To Be
Wild’ featuring Raven (I’d forgotten how good this one is!) and the
Judas Priest cover ‘Metal Gods’. Not forgetting the truly
evocative ‘Planchet Soldat’, featuring Faktor 2 and the
fantastically rousing 'They Only Come Out At Night’, featuring Lordi and ‘Head Over Heals’ with Hammerfall, being just a small
sample of the many highlights of a career spanning a quarter of a
century and long may it continue!
Tears Of A Clown
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