It’s all kicking off on their 16th studio album with a real burst of energy, audible inspiration and drive. Despite the clear influence of eighties classics, such as Maiden’s solos and licks as well as Accept’s well-known rhythms, Dirkschneider and his band mates present a completely modern and fresh sound.
‘Steelfactory’ includes 13 songs. There are also fast, aggressive songs (opening album “Tongue Reaper”, “Rising High”, “Eraser”) and mid-tempo songs with excellent bass Fitty Wienhold (“A Bite Of Evil”, “Make The Move”). Also present are a pair of Hard'n’Heavy songs “Old Timers” (“In The Heat Of The Night” and “Rose In The Desert”) and the album closing ballad “The Way”.
Well, the most prominent thing in the album is “Blood On Fire”. Heavy Metal Tango? Easily! Besides, not just “tango”, but “La Cumparsita”, which everyone heard - that’s certainly the spirit of the old Accept, where Tchaikovsky’s “Slavic March” can be heard at the beginning of the song, and as Beethoven’s “K Elise”. Here, the guitar Andrey Smirnov is simply flawless.
‘Steelfactory’ is no worse than another U.D.O. albums, and in some places even better. Real Teutonic Heavy Metal.
Very Nice New Album from U.D.O.