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U.D.O. – Infected E.P. (2009, AFM Records)

  1. Infected
  2. Systematic Madness (non-album track)
  3. Bodyworld (non-album track)
  4. Plachet Soldat (non-album track/remix version in Russian)
  5. Poezd Po Rossii (non-album track/live in 2008)

Band Lineup:
Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Igor Gianola – Guitars
Stefan Kaufmann – Guitars
Fitty Wienhold – Bass
Francesco Jovino – Drums

Producer: Stefan Kaufmann

Country: Germany

Total Time = 24:18

U.D.O.
U.D.O. MySpace page
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In the last five years, U.D.O. has released three EPs to announce the coming of the band’s new full-length album. MISSION NO. X (2005) had the 24/7 E.P., MASTERCUTOR (2007) had THE WRONG SIDE OF MIDNIGHT E.P. and now the new DOMINATOR (2009) has INFECTED. The cool thing about all these EPs is that there are a lot of non-album tracks, remixes and/or bonus tracks from previous releases…..this makes the CD special for collectors and diehard fans. Now the last couple of albums I bought but I missed out on the EPs, especially THE WRONG SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, an E.P. I am still trying to track down for all the non-album tracks. INFECTED became a top priority especially when AFM Records announced that the release would be limited to 2,222 copies worldwide!

The title track is also going to be on DOMINATOR and it is a heavy as hell, speed track that sounds like classic Accept around the METAL HEART era in 1985. The whole U.D.O. sound is classic Accept so you kind of get the idea of what you’re getting. The first of two non-album (and E.P. exclusive) tracks is ‘Systematic Madness’, another song that sounds like classic Accept and/or early U.D.O. Great guitar work here and pounding drums, the song really has that fast and loud Metal sound. The second non-album track is ‘Bodyworld’, another cruncher of a song but the chorus really doesn’t fit the intensity of the music. It’s a solid modern U.D.O. song, if the rest of DOMINATOR follows these first 3 songs then it will be one of the best records of 2009!

‘Plachet Soldat’ is the Russian language version of ‘Cry Soldier Cry’ from MISSION NO. X (2005), it originally appeared in 2007 on THE WRONG SIDE OF MIDNIGHT E.P. and the Russian pressing of MASTERCUTOR but this version is a remix so it’s the 3rd version of the original song. ‘Poezd Po Rossii’ is another Russian language version of a previously recorded song, ‘Train Ride In Russia’ from 2004′s THUNDERBALL, but recorded live. It was recorded live in Russia on the Mastercutor Tour so I wonder if there are more livetracks that didn’t make last year’s live record MASTERCUTOR ALIVE.

Bottom Line:
Udo Dirkscheider decided to stay with U.D.O. rather than do an Accept reunion and I can’t say I blame him. Listening to the three new tracks on INFECTED shows that the sound of Accept is/was Udo and that some of the best Accept-style material is still flowing from U.D.O. Definitely a solid E.P. with 4 cool bonus tracks…..now we need the new record, DOMINATOR, in August to kick everything into high gear!

Favorite Songs:
I like all five songs…..the three new songs are excellent and the Russian remakes are very good.

Sadly all good things must come to and end…..and so must my vacation. It’s been a great week off from work: I spent time with the family, listened to a lot of music and did a lot of things I can’t do because work gets in the way…..like sleep! I have to go back to work today at 4pm so I decided to relax in the music room and shuffle the iPod one last time to see what comes out…..

  1. Queen – ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ (1986)
  2. Starz – ‘Violation’ (1977)
  3. Dokken – ‘The Hunter’ (1985)
  4. Autograph – ‘Send Her To Me’ (1984)
  5. Journey – ‘Send Her My Love’ (1983)
  6. Judas Priest – ‘Hard As Iron’ (1988)
  7. Accept – ‘Do It’ (1980)
  8. Judas Priest – ‘Solar Angels’ (1981)
  9. Quiet Riot – ‘Twilight Hotel’ (1986)
  10. Sammy Hagar – ‘Mas Tequila’ (1999)
  11. .38 Special – ‘Wild Eyed Southern Boys’ (1981)
  12. KISS – ‘Room Service’ (1975)
  13. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘No Bone Movies’ (1980)
  14. Manowar – ‘Fighting The World’ (1987)
  15. KISS - ‘Exciter’ (1983)
  16. Tim Owens – ‘Believe’ (2009)
  17. ZZ Top – ‘T.V. Dinners’ (1983)
  18. Motley Crue – ‘Hollywood Ending’ (2000)
  19. U.D.O. – ‘Infected’ (2009)
  20. Aerosmith – ‘Last Child’ (1977)

Bonus Track: UFO – ‘Diesel In the Dust’ (1983)

    It’s been a long week with work getting busier while school and baseball is winding down for my daughters. There hasn’t been much time to listen to much of anything except the new Iron Maiden – Flight 666 live album soundtrack…..along with watching the double DVD! I decided that I would pass up the Sunday overtime and take a much needed day off from work and spend Father’s Day with the family and hopefully listen to some music…..

    Iron Maiden – Flight 666 DVD (2009): 2 DVDs that take up 3 hours and 35 mins from start to finish…..I’ve watched the whole thing everyday in the past week. I was up early this morning so I put it on and stared at the television watching Maiden conquer the globe again. I saw this tour a year ago and it was cool to re-live the setlist while seeing Maiden mania in different countries around the world. The DVD of the year so far!

    Iron Maiden – Flight 666 (2009): I can’t get enough of Maiden right now so I listened to the double CD today while walking the dog. I got thru the first hour walking the dog and I kept my iPod on around the house to finish it off. Now I have to compare it to the rest of the Maiden live albums…..can you believe this is their 7th live album?!

    Michael Schenker – Thank You (1993): Everyone went out after I listened to FLIGHT 666 so I took the opportunity to seize the quiet time and play something low-key. Michael Schenker is one of my favorite guitarists and I have enjoyed his THANK YOU series of acoustic albums for their excellent musicianship and relaxation. My youngest daughter would only take her afternoon nap if I played THANK YOU or THANK YOU 4 (2003) on a continuous loop! This time my dog took a nap to Schenker’s acoustic guitar while I thumbed through old issues of Metal Forces.

    Manowar – Gods Of War (2007): I like to take a look at my top posts here at HMA, especially the album reviews, to see what people are clicking on. No surprise that Manowar would be in the top 5 of all the album reviews that get read. Seeing that it’s popular among the readers, I decided to listen to it again. Big mistake! I listened and after I was done I remembered why I chose GODS OF WAR as the Worst Album of 2007…..it’s terrible!

    Accept – Balls To The Wall (1984): So I’m listening to the end of the Manowar album and I pulled up the new version of ‘Balls To The Wall’ by the reunited Accept with Mark Tornillo (TT Quick) on vocals…..sorry there’s no one like Udo Dirkschneider. Didn’t the guys try this once with David Reece? I decided to go with the classic album first and then listen to…..

    Accept – Eat The Heat (1989): …..EAT THE HEAT so I could compare Udo to David Reece and hear the difference fresh. It may say Accept on the album cover but it’s not Accept. I can’t fault Reece though because it’s a tough enough job to replace an original singer but, when that singer has a voice so unique, it’s even tougher. EAT THE HEAT isn’t something I listen to often, I think I’ve listened to it twice in the last 5 years.

    By this time I’m looking for something great, something classic. The Manowar album and EAT THE HEAT had negated the greatness of Maiden, Schenker and Accept so I had to find something special, something I haven’t listened to for a long time…..

    Savatage – Sirens (1983): What a way to end the day! I haven’t listened to SIRENS in a very long time…..I remember when this first came out! It’s still one of my favorite albums from 1983, and from Savatage…..they have an awesome catalogue of albums. I remember this record so well, I heard this in a local record store a couple months after it had come out and picked it up on cassette. ‘Holocaust’ is my favorite track.

    Well I finally did it…..I bought an iPod!

    My Dell DJ 30 has served me above and beyond the call of duty and it finally died a noble death. I was listening to my DJ at work last week and the headphone jack fell out of the unit. Turns out the solder that held the actual jack in place had come loose and that’s why I kept thinking my headphones were dying. I was getting volume from one ear on the headphones unless I packed the jack with aluminum foil, a temporary fix. Then it happened…..I pulled the headphones out to put in a little more foil and the entire piece came out! R.I.P. Dell DJ……..

    So I went to Best Buy last Saturday and dropped the $250 for an iPod 120gb and $40 for the 2 yr. warranty (if anything happens to it, I can bring it back and get a fresh one). I’ve been loading albums into iTunes but I don’t have nearly as many as I had in the Dell. Here’s what I have in the iPod because it’s all I’ve listened to…..

    Great White – Rising (2009): I still haven’t given up on this album even though it’s a little too mellow. It’s definitely a grower and I’m beginning to enjoy it more everytime I play it.

    Hammerfall – No Sacrifice, No Victory (2009): Here’s another album that I haven’t given up on yet especially since I kind of knew what to expect. Hammerfall plays straight ahead Power Metal and they don’t stray far from their formula…..that can be either refreshing or redundant depending on the quality of the material. This album gets more refreshing everytime I spin it.

    Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens – Play My Game (2009): This new record comes out next week and I was lucky to get it in the mail Saturday afternoon. I’ve only given it one full spin so far.

    Saxon – Into The Labyrinth (2009): The album of the year for me so far!

    UFO – The Visitor (2009): Another album I was lucky to receive in the mail a full month before it’s release…..all UFO has done since 1995′s WALK ON WATER is release high quality albums and THE VISITOR is no exception.

    Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know (2009): This album was probably one of the most anticpated of 2009 for me next to the new Saxon. I’ve been playing this non-stop but I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet…..probably sometime this week.

    Accept – Predator (1996): Accept’s final studio album and probably their most confusing since EAT THE HEAT (1989). I remember I picked this up the week it came out because I had read about it in a fanzine and Accept were one of my formative bands back in the ’80s. I figured that I was going to get a Metal album but PREDATOR is a mix of different styles, the best track being the first: ‘Hard Attack’. The biggest problem I had was that Udo didn’t sing every song on the album, bassist Peter Baltes sang lead on three tunes and had a primary role on the backing vocals. At the time I loved it save for a couple of tunes…..13 years later I can hear a few more filler tracks but there is some good material too.

    From U.D.O. & Bravewords:

    U.D.O. have announced that their upcoming live set will be titled MASTERCUTOR ALIVE and will be available through ZXY Music on September 26th.

    The following formats will be available:
    - double DVD including bonus material and double CD
    - single DVD without bonus material in digipack
    - double CD

    As previously reported, material feature on MASTERCUTOR ALIVE was filmed on May 3rd in Tuttlingen, Germany.

    The expected tracklist is as follows:

    Disc 1: ‘Mastercutor’, ’24/7′, ‘They Want War’, ‘The Bullet And The Bomb’, ‘Midnight Mover’, ‘Vendetta’, ‘Mission No. X’, ‘Midnight Highway’, ‘The Wrong Side Of Midnight’, ‘Breaker’, – guitar solo -, ‘Princess Of The Dawn’, ‘One Lone Voice’, ‘Winterdreams’

    Disc 2: ‘Living For Tonite’, ‘Thunderball’, – drum solo -, ‘Man And Machine’, ‘Animal House’, ‘Metal Heart’, ‘Holy’, ‘Balls To The Wall’, ‘Fast As A Shark’, ‘Burning’, – outro -, ‘I’m A Rebel’.

    DVD Bonus Material:
    - Russian Tour road movie (15 minutes)
    - South American Tour road movie (15 minutes)
    - Russian concert (30 minutes)

    The DVDs will be issued in 5.1 Surround Sound.

     WANTED

     

    Accept - Objection Overruled (1993)

    Accept – Objection Overruled (1993)

    Holy smoke! I can’t believe I don’t have this one! I am a big Accept and U.D.O. fan and this one has definitely slipped through the cracks.

    I have been taking the time to catalog all of my CDs in my software and I have been also making a comprehensive lists of CDs I need to track down. Along the way, I have been listening to albums I haven’t heard in a long time. I get to Accept, I listen all the way through to EAT THE HEAT (1989) and the next one is DEATH ROW (1994). I couldn’t believe I didn’t have this one because I made a serious effort a few years ago to make sure I had all the Accept and U.D.O. albums in my collection. I know that I am missing a couple of U.D.O. albums but I was convinced that I had OBJECTION OVERRULED.

    I haven’t seen this one in the record stores for a long time. A quick look on Ebay and there are some decent deals on the regular U.S. version and the Japanese version with the bonus track ‘Rich And Famous’. Looks like this could be added within the week!

    A release date for U.D.O.’s new compilation, METALLIZED – 20 YEARS OF METAL, has been confirmed as November 30th through AFM Records. Not sure if this release date is only for Europe or if it’s worldwide, more information as I get it.

    For more information on this release, please click here.

    From Blabbermouth.net:

    U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, has set Metallized – 20 Years Of Metal as the title of its upcoming best-of album, due in December via AFM Records. The CD booklet will be filled with photos from the last 20 years and and will include liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schöwe. The first 12 songs on the collection were chosen by fans via the official U.D.O. web site, while tracks 13 to 16 will consist of two unreleased songs, an acoustic version of the ACCEPT classic Balls to the Wall, and a live version of The Bullet and the Bomb.

    UDO - Metallized: 20 Years Of Metal (2007)

    Metallized – 20 Years Of Metal track listing:

    01. Holy
    02. Heart of Gold
    03. Animal House
    04. Cut Me Out
    05. They Want War
    06. Cry Soldier Cry
    07. In the Darkness
    08. Man and Machine
    09. 24/7
    10. Trainride to Russia
    11. Independence Day
    12. Thunderball
    13. Shadow Maker (prev. unreleased song)
    14. Terror in Paradise (prev. unreleased song)
    15. Balls to the Wall (acoustic version)
    16. Bullet and the Bomb (live from St. Petersburg)