Mastercutor Alive


This is the third live album presented by the living legend of Metal music, Udo […]
By Grigoris Chronis
October 15, 2008
U.D.O. - Mastercutor Alive album cover

This is the third live album presented by the living legend of Metal music, Udo Dirkschneider. The 'personal' band of ACCEPT's frontman runs for 20 yars now. Woa; Udo made it longer in his solo career - even if the myth of ACCEPT shall never be surpassed, I guess. Mastercutor Alive was recorded live at Tuttligen, Germany (mid-2008) and proves to have been a helluva party. Just check the tracklist.
U.D.O. songs: the band - featuring fellow-ACCEPT comrade Stefan Kaufmann, for those who are not aware - selected a sufficient variety of albums to take samples from; we even see two songs from their debut 1987 album, Animal House. Reasonably enough, main portion comes from the latest Mastercutor studio release, with the quintet providing high-energy Heavy Metal in (mostly) mid-pace manners, but with 'lightning strikes' speeders too. Udo's voice shelters no surprise: for those not standing his tone, there's no good news. Admirers of his harsh attitude - on the other hand - will benefit for one more time. The musician's bond is something obvious, in addition. Even if the songs cannot follow some innovative pattern, truth is you will not have the chance to stand still listening to esteemed cuts such as Mastercutor, 24/7, The Wrong Side Of Midnight, Animal House and Holy. Well done, also bearing in mind the solo parts are indeed needed as breaks.
ACCEPT songs: Even if Udo and Co. has enough discography to take over a whole 2-hour set, there's no possibility a U.D.O. gig would feature no ACCEPT songs apart from the obvious reference, we should point out U.D.O.'s career steps enough on the ACCEPT stones in general terms of songwriting/tempos. Hence, a total of eleven songs straight from the Solingen-based famous Metal band's glorious 80s history is served to honor the ideals of a proud metalhead; headbanging, air-guitar playing and dunno-what-else behavior/response. Among expected ACCEPT hymns it's fine to see some long hidden 'diamonds' such as e.g. Winterdreams or Burning in the setlist; full of affection and respect is the band's performance in these songs, while the crowd - cannot get if they're vivid or not by the audio mix - should not complain to the generous offer by Udo's gang.
U.D.O.'s carrying a tradition of 'simply Metal' songs with the unsurpassed voice of Dirkschneider. Don't know how many metalheads are following this habit in our days; still, Mastercutor Alive neatly stands up to its offering. Can live without it if you don't buy it (also out as a double DVD release plus a limited DCD + DVD combo - this you should buy!) but - once you grab it - you will definitely live with it.

"Mastercutor Alive" Track-listing:

Disc 1

They Want War
The Bullet And The Bomb
Midnight Mover
Mission No. X
Midnight Highway
The Wrong Side Of Midnight
Guitar Solo
Princess Of The Dawn
One Lone Voice

Disc 2

Living For Tonite
Drum Solo
Man And Machine
Animal House
Metal Heart
Balls To The Wall
Fast As A Shark
I'm A Rebel

U.D.O. Lineup:

Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals
Igor Gianola - Guitar
Stefan Kaufmann -Guitar
Fitty Wienhold - Bass
Francesco Jovino - Drums

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