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U.D.O. - Celebrator (Rare Tracks)

Published April 25 2012

=Staff's pick

CD 1:
Stormbreaker (Remix)
Tallyman (Remix)
Run! (Remix)
Free Or Rebellion (Remix)
Bleeding Heart (Remix)
The Silencer
Bodyworld (Remix)
Systematic Madness (Remix)
Head Over Heals (w/ HammerFall)
Balls To The Wall (Piano Version)
They Only Come Out At Night (w/ Lordi)
Streets Of Sin (Remix)*

CD 2:
Tears Of A Clown (Orchestral Version)
Man A King Ruler (Remix)
Hardcore Lover (Remix)*
Scream Killers (Remix)*
Platchet Soldat ((Remix) feat. Faktor 2)
Dancing With An Angel ((Remix) w/ Doro)
X-T-C (Remix)
Azrael (Remix)
The Key (Remix)
Metal Gods
Born To Be Wild (w/ Raven)

Genre Heavy Metal
Udo Dirkschneider
Tracks 25
Stefan Kaufmann
Running time 107 Min.
Igor Gianola
Label AFM Records
Fitty Wienhold
Release 04 May 2012
Francesco Jovino
Country Germany
Producer Stefan Kaufmann
Similar artists Accept

Celebrator is a compilation of unreleased tracks, bonus tracks, cover versions, b-sides, etc.. A couple of bootleg versions featuring many of these songs have been circling around for years and now it's time for a proper release from the heavy metal veterans themselves.

This album is of course nothing revolutionary or groundbreaking, considering almost all songs are in fact b-sides not good enough for the albums; not saying that there could not be any gems on it though. Most songs cover the last decade and there are no songs at all from the early years of U.D.O.'s career, whom in my opinion would be more interesting, because the latest releases have more or less been albums with almost no new ideas and just a stretch down the assembly line.

I can find a couple of good songs on Celebrator, like Hardcore Lover with its cool rhythm, as well as Streets Of Sin and Scream Killers with their straightforward heavy metal. The piano version of Balls To The Wall won't go down in history as something extraordinary, or perhaps it will, because it's more special than good.

This release is something all hardcore U.D.O. fans should get their hands on, but it's nothing for the ordinary listener. Naturally it's hard to rate an album like this, as the intension never was to release their best material. I can't hand out more than three chalices, because the songwriting of most of these b-sides are in fact not especially good. It's not utterly bad, but should only be purchased to complete a collection. If you're not familiar with this band, start with just about anything else.

See also review of: Decadent , Steelhammer , Live In Sofia , Rev-Raptor , Dominator , Infected , Mastercutor , Mission No. X , Thunderball , Man And Machine , Live From Russia , Timebomb , Nailed To Metal








3 chalices of 10 - Tobbe

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