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Review: U.D.O. - Game Over
Game Over

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 1:08:57
Tracks: 16
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: September 26, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.21/5 (84.21%) (19 Votes)

It's been about 34 years since U.D.O.'s first album and Game Over shows no sign of the band being past its prime, which is pretty fucking cool. 2021 already saw the band releasing the excellent live CD/DVD, Live in Bulgaria: Pandemic Survival Show, filmed in Bulgaria in September 2020, Anno Fuckery. A new studio album on top of that? Oh yeah. Well, you never know. While I wouldn't say the band has released any "bad" albums, some are kind of so-so compared to the others. Rejoice, peasants, for Game Over is way up there amongst some of the best U.D.O. albums.

Game Over clocks in at over one hour and 16 tracks, but it really doesn't feel like it. From the get-go, the album goes into the fast, catchy and melodic yet crunchy heavy metal the band has accustomed us to, and it's like that all through the end. Udo's vocals show no sign of him slowing down, which is pretty amazing (he wasn't exactly born yesterday—the guy is closing in on 70 as I write this), and there are tons of singalong moments to be found throughout the album or, at the very least, a lot of those vocal lines will stick in your head after the first listen. The music follows along, lots of insanely catchy melodies and some really cool, crunchy solos that just call for the listener to break out the air guitar. Speed, melody, heaviness, crunchy guitars, catchiness, Game Over is U.D.O. at their best, and it gets better with every listen. The band needs to introduction and it's pretty simple: If you like the band's past work or anything in the vein of Udo's first band (that's Accept, right?) ;)), then you're bound to find something to like here. U.D.O. have been keeping the ship steady since the beginning, but Game Over is one of their best.

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