UDO - Rev-Raptor (AFM Records)

The German metal God has come up with an un-acceptably generic metal record for his thirteenth solo full-lengther...
Release Date: 
20 May 2011 (All day)

German vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. What is there to say about a man whose voice has been lending itself to classic heavy metal since before many of us were born? In many ways Herr D has become an institution of AC/DC or Status Quoian proportions. Every eighteen months or so he comes up with another album; not only that, but most of his fans (of which number I definitely consider myself a member) will know exactly what that record is going to sound like. He’s happy, we’re happy – there’s no harm in that, surely?

Rev-Raptor, the man’s thirteenth solo outing ticks every single one of the boxes required to make it classic Udo. There are fast neck snappers (the title track, obviously), there are brooding metal epics (Fairy Tales of Victory is an excellent example of the genre) there are poppy singalong numbers (True Born Winners) and there are heroic ballads (I Give as Good as I Get). There’s even an anthem to a sleepy Surrey commuter town (Leatherhead). It’s all very metal, with an excellent production that keeps the axes high in the mix alongside Dirkschneiders trademark sandpapered growl whilst the drums thunder in accompaniment... so why can’t I get more worked up about this record?

Udo Dirkschneider is a legend, one of the true greats of the genre. But he doesn’t seem to be able to muster a whole lot of inspiration for Rev-Raptor. Were this same album to be released by a no-name German metal band, there’s a strong chance it would disappear without trace (or even be openly laughed at)due to the dearth of truly memorable material within its grooves. But it’s from the house of Dirkschneider, so it’s worthy of respect at least. Have a listen, for sure – you’ll love it, at least the first couple of times you hear it – but think carefully about purchasing, because Rev-Raptor is an album that’s strictly for diehard fans only.