Veteran hard rock band U.D.O. is scheduled to release its latest album Friday in the form of Game Over. The band’s 18th album, its title is a reference to everything going on in the world today. That is according to information made available about the record. This album is everything that audiences have come to expect from the group. That is exhibited clearly through the record’s musical arrangement, which will be addressed shortly. The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical content does just as much to prove the noted statement. They will be discussed a little later. The sequencing of that collective content rounds out the most important of the record’s elements. It will also be examined later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make Game Over a record that hopefully is not the end game for U.D.O.
U.D.O.’s forthcoming album, Game Over, is a powerful new offering from the band that will appeal equally to the band’s established audiences and to hard rock fans alike. That is proven clearly in part through its featured musical arrangements. The arrangements in question exhibit more of the band’s familiar power metal presentations from beginning to end. The comparisons to works from the likes of the band’s fellow power/hard rock acts Judas Priest and Saxon are unavoidable. At the same time, the arrangement featured in the album’s single, ‘Kids and Guns’ is just as easily compared to works from AC/DC. ‘Empty Eyes’ meanwhile offers audiences something with a little more of a modern hard rock edge while still incorporating the band’s more familiar sound and stylistic approach. Meanwhile, a song, such as ‘Like A Beast’ immediately conjures thoughts of front man Udo Dirckschneider’s time with Accept with its fiery guitar riffs, solid time keeping, rich bass work and vocals from Dirkschneider himself. Simply put, the musical content featured throughout Game Over offers plenty for audiences to enjoy because of its diversity. There’s something old and something new. There’s even something “blue” (so to speak) in ‘Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye.’ Yes, that awful pun was intended, but it is blue in its mood. So to that point, there is some truth there, all joking aside. Again, this all does well to help exhibit the diversity featured throughout the record’s musical body. That diversity is just a part of what makes the album stand out. The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical content add their own appeal to the presentation, too.
The lyrical themes featured throughout Game Over are almost as diverse as the record’s musical arrangements. Audiences get an all too familiar arena anthem in the album’s lead single, ‘Metal Never Dies.’ As the song’s title infers, this is a defiant anthem about the immortality of metal. It is right up there alongside AC/DC’s famed anthem, ‘Rock ‘N Roll Will Never Die.’ Dirkschneider even goes so far as to sing that line in the song’s chorus after noting in the lead verse, “Back when I took my first breath/The days were dark and gray/No belief/No hope/OR had nothing to say/Then came the days of changes/I realized the truth/Woke me up/Taught me how to fight/Breaking chains/Let heavy thunder through the night/Look up/See the sign/’Cause metal never dies/Stand in line/’Cause metal never dies.” This is a straight forward to the power of metal in making life better for its fans. He goes on in the song’s second verse to note his travels around the world because of the world and that “I believed/I had something to say…It was my dream come true.” This proud tribute to metal and hard rock is a wonderful addition to the album, lyrically speaking, that is certain to become a fan favorite. It is just one example of the powerful role of the album’s lyrical content. Dirkschneider and company get socially conscious in ‘Kids and Guns’ and in ‘Time Control.’ The prior is a commentary about the dangers of letting young people get access to guns (the daily headlines since 1999 are proof of that danger). The latter is a familiar commentary about taking better care of the planet. This is a theme that was just as prominent in the band’s most recent album, We Are One (2020). He pointed out during a recent interview that caring better for the planet is not limited to environmentalism, but to the need for peace, too. That is all presented in ‘Time Control.’ That theme seems to be exhibited in ‘Empty Eyes’ just as much. It is just another way in which the diversity in the album’s lyrical themes shows itself. Between these songs and the others that make up the rest of the record’s body, it should be clear at this point that the lyrical themes featured in this record and their diversity are just as important to the album’s presentation as their equally diverse musical arrangements. Keeping in mind the overall diversity of the album’s content, the sequencing thereof puts the finishing touch to the presentation.
Game Over’s sequencing is so important to note because on one level, it ensures that the energy in the album’s arrangements keeps flowing solidly from beginning to end. There is one breakpoint just past the album’s midpoint in the form of ‘Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye.’ It makes a good chance for listeners to catch their breath before the energy picks right back up after that point and on to the album’s end. On another level, the sequencing ensures that the noted diversity in the arrangements is just as evident even in the subtle ways in which the arrangements change in their stylistic approaches. Those items collectively show that time and thought went into the sequencing in this way to ensure listeners’ engagement and entertainment. Similarly, the sequencing also ensures the lyrical themes change up from one to the next just enough, too. That noted change ensures – along with the changes in the album’s musical arrangements – listeners’ engagement and entertainment just as much. All things considered here, this content shows even more, how much time and thought went into the album’s sequencing. Keeping that in mind along with the importance of the content itself, the whole leaves Game Over another solid presentation from U.D.O. and one more of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.
U.D.O.’s forthcoming album, Game Over is an impressive new offering from the veteran hard rock band. Its success comes in part through its musical arrangements. The arrangements offer audiences plenty of familiar sounds and stylistic approaches. They also give audiences something a little more modern here and there. The whole makes the album’s musical arrangements well worth hearing. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements is just as important as that musical content. That is because it is just as diverse as the musical arrangements. The themes are also just as accessible as the record’s musical arrangements. The sequencing of the collective content rounds out the album’s most important elements. That is because it brings together the diversity in the overall content. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of Game Over. All things considered, they will leave audiences glad to know that the album is not the end game for U.D.O.
Game Over is scheduled for release Friday through AFM Records. More information on the album is available along with all of U.D.O.’s latest news at: