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U.D.O
Decadent

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.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for U.D.O.:
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    24/7U.D.O.
    2005
    Eric Compton8/17/2005
    DecadentU.D.O.
    2014
    Eric Compton3/10/2015
    Metallized - Best ofU.D.O.
    2007
    Sinnercorp8/1/2008
    Nailed To Metal--The Missing TracksU.D.O.
    2003
    Ken Pierce6/29/2004
    Rev RaptorU.D.O.
    2011
    Eric Compton10/23/2011
    ThunderballU.D.O.
    2004
    Eric Compton11/29/2004



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