Company: AFM Release: 2014 Genre: Power Reviewer: Eric Compton
Sounds more youthful and energized
This German icon has been prevalent through the course of history with creating the same album again and again. The typical U.D.O offering references his Accept discography, those songs fabricated using the familiar pattern of verse, verse, bridge, huge harmonized chorus, repeat it all once more, cue solo and repeat chorus two more times. It literally makes up 99.9% of the entire back catalog. Seriously. With that familiarity, I typically have strayed from the man's creations for the last fifteen years. Yet somehow 'Decadent' found its way into my stack…and I'll be damned if it isn't one of the better U.D.O albums of his career. The biggest improvement is the stout production on the guitars. Gone is the higher string treble, a synthesized sound that has permeated and plagued the band for years. Thankfully this production focuses on slightly more muffled and down-tuned strings, creating a heavier and spaced-out sound comparatively speaking. The songs are written and arranged in the typical paint by numbers fashion, yet the pace has quickened and Udo just sounds more youthful and energized. Maybe he found the previous albums dull and uninspired…or the label wanted a bit more power behind this offering. Nevertheless the end result places this one alongside 'Holy', 'Animal House' and 'Solid' as top four material.
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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