8/17/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
U.D.O - 24/7 - 2005 - AFM Records
Right off the bat that familiar groove strikes down, enveloping everything that this band is known for in one verse. Lead track "24/7" is a ballbreaker number, keeping that Teutonic rock as the mainline while venturing into that "Balls To The Wall" mindset with the chorus chants. The track is somewhat vulgar for Udo, with a lot of profanity thrown in the mix which is....well a welcome change I guess. It is good to see the old timer aggressive and fired up. The profanity seems to help the band deliver the metal 'tude in grand style. Second cut "Mean Streets" is a slower paced slice, really mixing in some modern overtones. Udo uses his raspy croon to rattle the cages early on before exploding into the Y&T styled chorus part. The second half of the EP shows us "Scream Killers" and "Number For A Number", both of which are faster, more streamlined cuts that still retain that big hook and bombastic groove.
This is the first material to feature new, relatively unknown drummer Francesco Jovino, who steps in to replace former skinsman Lorenzo Milani. Jovino provides plenty of hard hitting and seems to understand the exact beats that Udo requires on every single record. At times I really think his drummers could just phone in their beats from home but that big bop sound is what Udo's style is, and damnit it has worked this long so why stop now. Guitarist Stefan Kaufmann does the production job here, keeping everything polished and crystal clean.
Bottom Line - Udo as always. Entertaining, hard rocking, and absolutely mandatory!
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