Nima : By his rich musical career and the influence he had on may musicians with Accept, Udo Dirkscheiner can be seen as a living legend. The little giant celebrated reached the age of 55 last month and he who has his birthday should treat. Udo does that with his eleventh studio album 'Mastercutor'. And god damn, it's one of the best treats I've ever had.
During the years U.D.O. released some albums with variable quality en always experimented at some points. The result was not always equally convincing, but each album contained at least a few fantastic rockers. In the first instance 'Mastercutor' sounds very recognizable, which of course has partly to do with Udo's unique, screaming vocals. But the thing is that this is the first time since 'Man And Machine' in 2002 that the band knows to fully convince me. Why? Simply because this CD knows no weak moments.
The album opens with the intro that sounds like the introduction of a game show, during which our host Mastercutor is introduced. From there the title track bursts into the room. Amazing guitar riffs, tight rhythm section and Udo's screams, which is as strong as ever, are represented convincingly and with much youthful enthusiasm. Immediately you can take advantage of yourself and mistreat you cervical muscles. The following 'The Wrong Side Of Midnight' is again a typical rocker. Only this time the band shows a different, more modern sound and experiments a bit with eastern tunes, which are used at exactly the right moment. 'The Instigator' is a first class speed devil, but the beautiful (semi-)ballad 'One Lone Voice' gives you a chance to take a breath. This is also a ballad that only Udo can sing, which is also the case with 'Tears Of A Clown', where cello and piano play the main role. The rest of the in total twelve songs are all of high quality and rock like hell. The magnificent production should not stay unmentioned, because this makes the songs blast even harder.
'Mastercutor' has become a nostalgically good album with a fresh, yet very recognizable sound. A lot of band could learn from this, because when a musician at this age (let's be honest) manages to rock like this and still doesn't seem to be burnt out, deserves a lot of respect. This album is obligatory for all U.D.O. and Accept fans and highly recommendable for fans of good hard rock and heavy metal.