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Review: U.D.O. - Live From Russia
Live From Russia

Label: SPV
Year released: 2001
Duration: 132:47
Tracks: 26
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: March 15, 2002
Reviewed by: Pierre Bégin
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Rated 4.31/5 (86.15%) (13 Votes)

This album contains more than two hours of U.D.O. mania recorded live in Russia during their 2001 tour. The band selected songs from the U.D.O. and Accept catalogues for this two discs release. The band has two former Accept members within its ranks, singer Udo Dirkschneider and guitarist Stefan Kaufmann (he was previously a drummer in Accept, but changed instrument due to problems with his back). There are 26 tracks on this release including a drum solo (14 U.D.O. songs and 11 Accept songs).

For me, the band U.D.O. is the continuation of the Accept sound, since Accept no longer exists, and this is also the way Udo wants it. The band selected songs that Accept never released in live format, so this album is a great completion of Accept's two live releases. Much to my pleasure, they play three songs off Russian Roulette (they are in Russia after all (-:), an album that Accept never released a live track from. These songs are T.V. War, Monster Man and Heaven Is Hell. Like Accept's Staying A Life and The Final Chapter, this live album has a remarkable sound with also the tight German precision of the musicians, particularly the drummer Lorenzo Milani, who is outstanding. Accept has always been famous for their live sound and their tight precision and the U.D.O. team carries on the legacy. The Accept songs are played very well, even the lead guitar solos are very similar and often identical to how Wolf Hoffmann played them in Accept. They also play some very old Accept tunes (pre-Restless & Wild) like I'm A Rebel, Run If You Can and Midnight Highway.

The U.D.O. stuff is also nice. They play five songs off their excellent album Holy, their latest opus. The rest of the songs is from their previous albums like for example No Limits and Heart of Gold, both of which are superb. The gig ends with They Want War, an excellent song off Animal House, their first release in 1988.

Like Accept, the band interacts very well with the crowd. For instance, in the middle of Living in the Frontline, they play some Russian theme songs, to which the crowd responds by singing loudly. A great moment. Udo's voice is overall very good except on the chorus of Turn Me On (the studio version is much higher). It's very hard for me to choose my favourite tracks because the two discs are great with no bad tunes, really. There is also a very good looking booklet with many live pictures of U.D.O. on tour.

So, if you are a fan of good traditional heavy metal music, this CD is for you, especially if you were an Accept freak like me! This live album is not a farewell by the band, they will release a new studio album soon called Man and Machine. Thanks to Udo, Stephan and their bandmates, the amazing Accept legacy is still alive and well in 2002!

Track listing:

Disc 1:

01. Holy (5:20)
02. Raiders Of Beyond (4:15)
03. Midnight Mover (3:14)
04. Independence Day (5:53)
05. Metal Eater (4:15)
06. Protectors Of Terror (4:31)
07. Animal House (3:57)
08. Turn Me On (5:34)
09. Drum Solo (2:28)
10. T.V. War (3:39)
11. No Limits (4:11)
12. Run If You Can (5:23)
13. Winter Dreams (5:26)
14. In The Darkness (6:05)

Disc 2:

1. Like A Loaded Gun (4:45)
2. Recall The Sin (5:03)
3. Break The Rules (4:00)
4. Midnight Highway (4:11)
5. Heaven Is Hell (7:15)
6. Monster Man (3:09)
7. Living On A Frontline (11:47)
8. Heart Of Gold (4:57)
9. Shout It Out (8:32)
10. Cut Me Out (4:59)
11. I'm A Rebel (3:39)
12. They Want War (6:19)

Additional Information

- Duration: 132:47 (disc 1 : 64:11, disc 2 : 68:36)
- Tracks: 26 (disc 1 : 14, disc 2 : 12)

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