Udo Dirkschneider is best-known as the screeching frontman for acclaimed German speed metal outfit Accept in the 1980s, but he’s spent the better portion of the last 30 years fronting his own band U.D.O. The high-octane “Decadent” is U.D.O.’s 15th studio effort since 1987 and the 62-year-old Dirkschneider shows no signs of slowing down.
“Decadent behavior by privileged society exists in the whole world in completely different shades,” Dirkschneider says. “Decadence is almost like a universal language. What bothers me the most is the egocentrism that goes along with that. People whohave everything seem not to really care about the world around them anymore.”
As such, “Decadent” is an album of social criticism as U.D.O. shine a light on the differences between the haves and the have-nots. The title track is the highlight of the 12-tune set, with Dirkschneider and his mates also effective on “Mystery,” “Meaning of Life,” “Untouchable” and “Words in Flame.” Keep on rocking. (Jeffrey Sisk)