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Review: U.D.O. - Rev-Raptor

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 52:43
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: September 23, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.68/5 (73.68%) (19 Votes)

Say what you want about U.D.O., but this has been a pretty consistent band for nearly 25 years, and pretty active, releasing an album every two years since 1997. Unsurprisingly for some, disappointingly for others, Rev-Raptor is just the kind of album we've come to expect from the band in the past few years: A mix of good rocking, catchy Heavy Metal and ballads and "semi-ballads" with a solemn, almost folky feel at times (a bit of a Russian vibe here and there – that's been going on for a few albums.) Rev-Raptor is a bit on the mellow side in that it contains much of the latter, and sometimes you almost forget that the album was rocking your ass off just a couple of minutes earlier – that's both good and bad: The slow songs really grab you, but at the same time you can't help but think "damn, this album is way too mellow." It took me a while to snap out of it – the album is a bit of a grower.

There's really nothing here in terms of style that you haven't heard from the band before. It rocks hard when it has to, it's melodic and catchy as hell, and Udo is in top form although if you've never liked his voice or even the band's music, it's highly unlikely that this album will change your mind. This is kind of a slightly mellower version of old Accept (definitely nowhere near as fast or heavy as Accept's latest album), and that's what the fans expect. Consider me satisfied.

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