U.D.O. - 'Decadent'

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THE BAND:

Udo Dirkschneider - vocals
Fitty Wienhold - bass
Francesco Jovino - drums
Andrey Smirnov - guitar
Kasperi Heikkinen - guitar
***Not long after the recording of this CD drummer Francesco Jovino left the band. ***

 

 


TRACK LISTING:
1.) "Speeder" -  This track opens with a bass effect that was done with what  believe to be the mixing board.  The main intro consisted of the entire band playing a musical arrangement.  Over the top of the intro instead of a minor lead guitar solo, the lead guitarist played several lead guitar licks.  After the lead guitar licks, the one of the guitarists played a whole-note over the top of the bass and drum line. To connect the musical intro with the musical verse there was a snare drum fill.  Over the top of the drum fill both of the guitarists along with the bassists played the same notes.  There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse.  Vocally it is very hard to believe that Dirkschneider is almost sixty-three years old.  Underneath Dirkschneider's vocal line the rhythm, guitar players are playing one hell of a guitar arrangement.  Instead of completely changing the rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical chorus Andrey and Kasperi just tweaked it a little.  To connect the first musical chorus with the second musical verse one of the guitarist played the same lead guitar licks that was over the top of the intro section.  After the second chorus, there was a twin lead guitar solo.  The solo started slow then built up with intensity as it progressed. 
2.) "Decadent" - After opening with a single rhythm guitar riff a second rhythm guitar kicks-in.  The two rhythm guitars are playing two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  Underneath these two rhythms Francesco is playing a time keeping hi-hat rhythm and bass drum pattern.  After the first measure there was a couple lead guitar licks to connect the pre-intro with the main intro section.  For the main intro section Francesco played a double-bass drum pattern.  Underneath the main two rhythm guitar arrangements of the musical intro there was several lead guitar licks.  The rhythm change for the musical verse consisted of the same arrangement as the pre-intro just tweaked a little.  The chorus consisted of a huge U.D.O. hook.  After the chorus there was a twin lead guitar solo to connect the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that consisted of a bass line along with a bass drum kick and hi-hat rhythm.  Over the top of the breakdown Udo has several spoken lyric lines.  After the breakdown there was a second twin lead guitar solo.  This solo section was utterly amazing!!!  There were several lead guitar licks underneath the lyric lines of the musical coda.
3.) "House Of Fake" - This intro consisted of a very intense rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of scattered rhythm guitar riffs and cymbal crashes.  The main intro section consisted of a minor lead guitar solo to connect the intro with the musical verse.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  The way the lyrics were arranged and sang were very reminiscent to early nineties Udo.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first verse with the first chorus.  After the first chorus the band drastically slowed the musical arrangement down.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo section.  This lead guitar solo was done with two of the three guitarists.
4.) "Mystery" - This intro opens with a church organ.  The organ arrangement had a Jon Lord of Deep Purple feel to it.  Over the top of the organ arrangement Udo sings a laughing vocal effect.  This laughing effect connects the musical intro with the musical verse.  The rhythm arrangement had a very simple rhythm guitar arrangement.  The arrangement was very similar to the stuff Metallica was writing on their 'Master Of Puppets' release.  The way Udo arranged the lyric lines of the verse consisted of six spoken vocal lines, then four singing lines, then repeating the arrangement.  For the singing lyric lines Udo used a vocal effect.  There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus.  After the chorus there was a strange musical effect connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a short strange breakdown that lead to the lead guitar solo.  The song ended in a lyric line.
5.) "Pain" - There was a hi-hat rhythm underneath the top of a minor lead guitar solo.  The main intro section consisted of a second minor lead guitar solo over the top of two rhythm guitar arrangements.  The two rhythm riffs had a huge hook attached to them.  The minor lead guitar solo connected the musical intro with the musical verse.  The band used basically the same rhythm guitar riffs of the verse as the one they used for the musical chorus.  Udo's vocals for the chorus were amazing!!!!  After the chorus there was a small drum fill that lead to a minor lead guitar solo. After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo.  After the first section of the solo there was a twin lead guitar solo.  After the solo section there was a drastic musical breakdown section.  Over the top of the breakdown there was a spoken vocal line.  Over the top of the coda there was a minor lead guitar solo.
6.) "Secrets In Paradise" - This intro consisted of two acoustic guitars one atop of the other.  The acoustic guitars continue underneath the lead vocal lines.  Udo overdubbed the fourth lyric line of the lyrical pre-verse.  To connect the pre-verse with the verse there is a spoken vocal line.  For the verse instead of overdubbing the eighth lyric line they added a small echo to Udo's vocals.  After the verse there was a minor twin electric lead guitar solo.  There was a drastic musical change for the musical chorus.  There was a major lead guitar solo after the first chorus.  After the chorus the band drastically changed the musical arrangement.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the lyric lines of the fourth chorus and coda.
7.) "Meaning Of Life" - Outside of the amazing lead guitar work this track was a typical U.D.O style song.
8.) "Breathless" - This track opens with a standard intro arrangement that consisted of minor lead guitar solo over the top of it.  There was a short rhythm guitar riff connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The band kept the musical verse fairly simple.  There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus.  Udo's vocals had a huge hook attached to them.  After the first chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.  After the second solo there was a major lead guitar solo section.  This solo section was done with two of the three guitarists.  After the solo there was a breakdown section.  Over the top of the breakdown there was a spoken vocal section.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the vocal lines of the chorus of the coda.
9.) "Let Me Out" - This track opens with a very heavy intense intro arrangement. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro. Though there was a rhythm guitar arrangement change for the musical verse the guitarists kept the same intensity as the intro. There was a few lead guitar licks connecting the musical verse with the chorus. After the chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo. The coda consisted of a twin lead guitar solo.
10.) "Untouchable" - This track opens with one hell of a mean riff.  Underneath the arrangement Francesco plays a pattern on his tom-toms.  The guitarist played a half-note to connect the musical intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of a very simple strumming riff underneath a fill-in electric riff.  Udo's vocals are very reminiscent to some of the stuff he sang in the eighties.  There was a backing harmony connecting the musical chorus with the lead vocal lines of the chorus.  After the first half of the chorus there are a couple lead guitar licks connecting the two halves of the chorus.  After the second chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.  After the lead guitar solo there was a small breakdown section.  Underneath the fourth chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.
11.) "Under Your Skin" - (*bonus track digipak, special edition, vinyl) - This was a classic U.D.O. song!!!
12.) "Shadow Eyes"(*bonus track digipak, special edition, vinyl) - This track completely blew me away!!!!

 

     Not long after the release of Accept's 'Russian Roulette' (released on April 21, 1986) original lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider made the decision to leave the band. On November 3, 1987, less than nineteen months after forming Udo's new band, simply titled U.D.O., they released their first CD titled 'Animal House'.
     Anytime an original band member leaves, especially a lead vocalist, it really screws with the band's chemistry. That is what I thought was going to happen here. Over the years Accept has done better than okay. However, the first time I heard "They Want War" taken off U.D.O.'s first solo CD 'Animal House' I knew U.D.O. was going places!
     Not including live or compilation CD's 'Decadent' is U.D.O.'s fifteen studio CD. Including twelve tracks 'Decadent' just may be the best CD U.D.O. has released to date.  'Decadent' has some of the best lyrics Udo has written.  This may be some of the greatest musician's to play on one of his CD's as well.  As far as Blast Magazine is concerned this is a masterpiece!