Nima : Udo Dirkschneider and his U.D.O. are fortunately one of those bands that can't sit still and constantly report to the metal front with new releases. And so after the release of 'Mastercutor' and the 'The Wrong Side Of Midnight' EP (both from 2007), we could also enjoy the live CD and DVD 'Mastercutor Alive' and hardly a year later the band has already another album ready for us!
At the end of June the 'Infected' EP already gave us a taste of what we were about to get and as you can read in my review it was all very promising. Well now, as soon as the band welcomes itself out of the speakers with the powerful rocker 'The Bogeyman' followed by the even more powerful title track I can hardly control myself and fanatically start to bang my head… time and time again. These tracks have a similar sound and are of the same quality as the works on 'Mastercutor'. After that however, Udo and his mates bring us back in time a bit and deliver an Accept-like rocker with 'Black And White'. Before you know it you have your fist in the air and are shouting the chorus out loud.
This album contains a lot of references to the master's musical career in general. Listen for example to the groovy sing-along track 'Heavy Metal Heaven', which could have easily fitted on 'man And Machine' and the fast heavy metal machine 'Speed Demon' that takes you back to the 'Animal House' and 'Timebomb' albums. Or what to think of the beautiful semi-ballad 'Stillness Of Time' that reminds me of the more ore less orchestral approach of 'Faceless World' and delivers the necessary portion of Goosebumps. A somewhat different song is without doubt 'Devil's Rendezvous'. This song does not only sound funny (in the most positive sense of the word), but the joyful melodies and the sing-along chorus instantly puts you in a party-mood and set your whole body in motion.
Although generally put 'Dominator' has become more melodic than its predecessor, the ten songs presented on the album are not only powerful and varied but also highly recognizable. And that's one the things I like about U.D.O. who after all these years do not feel the need to slow down and just keep rocking, stay updated and more importantly keeps showing quality. So in short; an album that you can purchase without a second thought.