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U.D.O. Talks Rev-Raptor; Comments On ACCEPT's Blood Of The Nations Album




By Martin Popoff


With Mark Tornillo grabbing hold of vocals and more than upholding
the reputation of a legendary band called ACCEPT, a very important past
singer for that band responds in kind, turning in his 13th opus of
high-spirited Germanic power metal, monikered, oddly, Rev-Raptor. That
throat of terror, one Udo Dirkschneider, explains at least
semi-helpfully, “It’s another English word for rebel, and raptor is a
bird, so it means rebel bird, if you want to translate it one to one. It
means, in a way, he is a rebel.”





“Don’t get me wrong, we were writing new songs,” continues Udo, the
metal heart of a band called U.D.O., when asked what the personality of
the new album versus recent well-regarded triumphs such as Mastercutor
and Dominator. “And yeah, what we were trying to do with this album was
to make as many different songs as we can, and not in the same style. We
have really fast songs, slow songs, it’s a very good mix of songs,
which was the first thing we brought to the new album, and also we were
going a little bit back with the twin solos, more melody, a little more
quiet stuff, and a little bit different arranging too. That was the
thinking of the new album.”


One of the obvious traits of this band, which hasn’t changed much
frankly, through its run, is this idea that what one is listening to is a
high-octane, highly polished version of Accept. ‘Renegade’, ‘Dr.
Death’, ‘Terrorvision’… cross Painkiller with Russian Roulette and
that’s U.D.O. – Teutonic headbanging meets blinding, cold steel
production.


“Yeah, the producer is again Stefan Kaufmann and with the new album,
it’s like we stay to our roots, music-wise, the basics, but what we
tried to put on is a little bit more modern sounds. A lot of people say
well, the guitars aren’t the same as they were in ‘81, but we are not in
’81 - it’s 2011 (laughs). So we try to put two things together: the
music is still back to the roots, but we try to mix in sounds that are
more modern. That’s the philosophy of the production of the album.”





You seem to like a lot of edge and brightness and definition to the
drums… “Yeah, I mean, the drums, are really played, but in the old days
you would have a tape machine, analog, but now – I’m not really a
technical guy (laughs) – but now, you play the drums directly into the
computer, so that means the producer, Stefan Kaufmann, there are things
that he can change after the drums have already been played; he can work
with the drums and say, ‘Okay, I can make this break a bit different,’
stuff like that. That’s how we do it.”


“This is a family; we’re very close together,” continues
Dirkschneider, asked if he could articulate how U.D.O. differs from its
close brethren, Accept. “The whole chemistry is completely right, which
reminds me a little bit of the old Accept times. And of course, I have
Stefan Kaufmann with me, who was the drummer in Accept and now he’s the
guitarist in U.D.O.. You can also hear the roots of Accept, because the
voice is always there. As well, Igor, the other guitar player, and
Fitty, the bass player, they are getting more and more into the
songwriting. Fitty, he was doing most of the music on the title song,
‘Rev-Raptor’, and ‘I Give As Good As I Get’, and Igor was doing most of
the music for ‘Pain Man’ and ‘Fairy Tales Of Victory’. And they are also
working on arrangements and things like that, which is also very cool.
But still you can say that the main songwriters are Stefan and me.”


All songs more than solid, but pretty steadfast to rule. I wondered
if the general and his soldiers ever felt a sense of unease that they
might run out of ideas. “No,’ laughs Udo. “I think we’re lucky. What can
I say? It’s crazy. We’ve never been in a situation to sit there and
say, ‘Okay, we don’t have any ideas for the next album.’ Maybe it’s also
because of the way we are writing songs. We don’t start with the music.
We always start with lyrics. And when you have the lyrics and you have
the story, in a way, you know what kind of atmosphere these lyrics need,
music-wise. In a way, it’s much easier than the other way around.”


In closing, Udo professes quite good-naturedly to keeping a curious
eye on what his past charges have been up to, given Accept’s kick-ass
Blood Of The Nations album and tour legs. “Yeah, of course! I’ve heard
the album; it’s a good album. You can’t have 15 years time to write an
album without it being good, of course. What do you expect? It will be a
good album (laughs). And I think the singer is good. And they did a
very good European tour. I don’t know about the tour in America. I mean,
I don’t have any problems with that. Let’s see what they’re doing in
the future; let’s see how long it goes. I don’t know. We’re not in
contact anymore, but yeah, I wish them good luck.”
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