CD review U.D.O. ‘We Are One’

It’s not the first time that German metal pioneer Udo Dirkscheider cooperates with the official Concert Band of the German Armed Forces, but it is the first time that things end up on an album that includes new songs.

‘We Are One’ is the title of a collaboration that shows its fruitful result in 15 songs. There are already bands that took the challenge of cooperating with a classic orchestra, some better and some worse with ‘We Are One’ belonging definitely to the earlier. This U.D.O. album features songs that are 100% U.D.O. with the concert band being more of a contributor, making each of the songs more powerful by also adding extra density to the album. Instead of walking on worn out paths, Udo Dirkschneider stretches with this album the frames of the typical U.D.O. trademark without jeopardizing the typical sound of the iconic singer.

It’s this musical stretch that differentiates ‘We Are One’ from being ‘just a next’ U.D.O. album. Listening to thundering ‘Love and Sin’, the bombastic ‘Mother Earth’ and the cinematic instrumental ‘Natural Forces’, it all reflects U.D.O. from start to finish. The cinematic ‘Beyond Gravity’ with a Celtic mood adds some new to the context, before with ‘Here We Go Again’ a next pounding song, incl. a brass section, follows. With ‘Strike Back’ tempo increases drastically before ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ finishes an album that might feel at first sight like a bit of a stranger in the U.D.O. discography. But hej, there are so many ‘normal’ U.D.O. records already released that such a stretch is certainly an entertaining twist and surely not the same thing only different.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Pandemonium
  2. We Are One
  3. Love and Sin
  4. Future is the Reason Why
  5. Children of the World
  6. Blindfold (The Last Defender)
  7. Blackout
  8. Mother Earth
  9. Rebel Town
  10. Natrural Force
  11. Neon Diamond
  12. Beyond Gravity
  13. Here We Go Again
  14. We Strike Back
  15. Beyond Good and Evil

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal (with orchestra)

Release Date EU: July 17th, 2020

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