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U.D.O., Decadent (AFM Records)
CD Reviews: March 5, 2015

03/05/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



U.D.O., Decadent (AFM Records)

Presumably weary of receiving backhanded compliments like “a good substitute when you’re waiting for the next AC/DC album,” Udo Dirkschneider left Accept in 1987 to try a more NWOBHM approach, meaning material similar to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. I’m still learning that stuff myself, folks, so you’ll have to pardon the fact that I wrote off the acronym version of the raggedy-falsetto singer as Accept-except-Udo-gets-all-the-money, refusing to put myself through it when, besides, I was getting into darkwave. So that’s my story, but you’d surely rather know about the LP in question here, for whatever reason. Just as surely, you’re aware that in most cases these days, depleted-soil NWOBHM stuff can tend to sound trite, like jack-up music for the “good parts” of teen slasher films, and this one is no exception. I’m an easy mark for faster stuff, you know, like Priest’s “Freewheel Burning,” and thus album opener “Speeder” and “House of Fake” had me at least scanning the guitar sound for coolness, but the title track is a mid-tempo snoozer offering nothing new, while funhouse filler tune “Mystery” is the aural equivalent of your uncle in a Halloween fright wig. Nothing to see here, not that I was expecting anything else. B- 
— Eric W. Saeger





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