U.D.O. – Rev-Raptor

U.D.O. - Rev-Raptor
  • 9.5/10
    U.D.O. - Rev-Raptor - 9.5/10


AFM Records
Release date: May 20, 2011

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U.D.O. is set to release their 18th effort in 24 years, entitled Rev-Raptor, and it might well be critically acclaimed before it even gets out of the gate. U.D.O., noted widely for Udo Dirkschneider’s previous affiliation with the band Accept, has a fan base that is far reaching and vast. The album surely has been greatly anticipated and will not disappoint! Thirteen tracks, each uniquely individual, but definitely classic U.D.O. There’s just no mistaking this sound.

The title song, “Rev-Raptor”, has awesome guitar work and catchy riffs that listeners will still hear long after the song ends. Guitarists Igor Gianola and Stefan Kaufmann are responsible for this. Udo’s voice is stronger than ever and showcases well on this first track, leaving the listener wanting more (naturally). The next track, “Leatherhead”, might be the standout among the rest because it has power, yet it’s melodic, so it will appeal to a wider array of fans than maybe their heavier hitters.  Additionally, the drums on this track are killer good thanks to Francesco Jovino. Rounding out this band on bass is Fitty Wienhold who lends that wonderful euphoric sound that will make you feel it deep in your chest when played loud, and it should be played loud!

“Renegade”, “Dr. Death”, and “Terrorvision” are also very clearly U.D.O and in an awesome way. These are superb musicians who have honed their skills so well that they make it seem effortless. “Underworld” and “I Give As Good As I Get” display a cleaner guitar sound in parts, which is a nice diversion from the riff-driven music that is so wonderfully put together. It is apparent that this band has had time together to make it all mesh and to be U.D.O.; The Magnificent.


  • Justine Bevan

    Justin was a reviewer and interviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based in New Jersey, USA. She loves KISS and became a KISS Army member at the age of 6. She started playing drums when she was 13 and taught herself by ear, then later learned how to read music. Her musical tastes expanded even further after she started playing drums and began listening to everything from Metallica to Queensrÿche to 70s based Southern Rock. She is also a big fan of what are known as "hair bands", or Melodic Rock/Melodic Metal. She was a music major in college (the first time around). Justin wrote for several publications in the 80s and 90s, including Hit Parader and Faces.

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