"My Way" (Atomic Fire Records; 2022)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Most things in metal music are rarely surreal; however, when I saw that the former Accept singer and metal legend Udo Dirkschneider had recorded some tracks you would never expect him to record, well, that, in my book, is the definition of surreal. To hear him sing the Ike and Tine Turner classic "They Call It Nutbush" and Frank Sinatra's "My Way," you know you are in for something special. Udo recorded these cuts because he could. And when a legend like Udo Dirkschneider says he wants to do a cover CD, you just say, "Yes, sire." Now, some of the other cuts on this release, I can understand:

"Man On The Silver Mountain" (Rainbow)
"No Class" (Motorhead)
"The Stroke" (Billy Squire)
"Paint It Black" (The Rolling Stones)
"T.N.T." (AC/DC)
"Hell Bent For Leather"(Judas Priest)
"We Will Rock You" (Queen)

There are still other tracks on this album that reflect Udo's inspirations on his 70th birthday. He still sounds great today, and puts his own unique stamp on all these tunes. Ultimately, the name of the recording is "My Way" and that is just what you get: Udo Dirkschneider recording the music he likes and that inspired him and he's doing it his way.

Great release by a great singer. One of the truly special talents of the current metal era.

For more information, check out https://www.udo-online.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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