U.D.O. - Dominator

U.D.O. - Dominator

10 songs
45:12 minutes
***** **


Udo Dirkschneider has left his biggest moments already behind, and he should actually be aware of that. Nonetheless this pioneer of German metal has stamina and won’t give up anytime soon, even though he can’t recover the past. Dominator is already the twelfth album of his band U.D.O., and compared to the somewhat insipid predecessor Mastercutor, he managed to achieve a heavier sound once again.

This becomes instantly obvious on the opener Bogeyman which may be a rather simple structured track that is saved by Udo’s unique voice. The title track fares better as a little hymn that has the capacity to become a future classic. Indeed U.D.O. are always best on their faster and nastier material, which can be testified on the up-tempo rocker Infected, already known from the previously released EP. The same goes for Speed Demon which gives its name justice. Two tracks even try something totally different, adding to the album’s variety and zest. There is Devil’s Rendez-Vous which has the band grooving and swinging, demanding some tolerance from the more conservative fanbase. Strong nerves are also needed with Heavy Metal Heaven, a track that due to its incredible pathos nearly sounds ridiculous. An icon like Udo Dirkschneider should be granted the right for such a jest. I am less pleased though when U.D.O. play their slower songs that are often more than five minutes long and have the band risking to lose their red thread. Tracks like Stillness Of Time and Doom Ride should consequently be abandoned in the future.

The improvement to the predecessor is unmistakeable, and there is hope that Udo Dirkschneider has still some trumps up his sleeve. But it must be stated that not every song on Dominator is a winner. If U.D.O. concentrate on their faster and more unusual material, I am sure that a higher rating is still possible.

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