It may be more than mere coincidence that Udo Dirkschneider has dropped this live set of Accept classics in the same week that his former band are attempting to storm the charts with brand new long player The Rise Of Chaos.
However, you can never get too much of a good thing where trad metal is concerned. And more often than not this double disc set is way better than good.
Dickschneider has lots none of his evil snarl during the twilight of a sonically destructive career. And it’s a wonder that the pint-sized performer has remained such a powerful vocal threat after decades spent punishing his pipes.
But on opener London Leatherboys, the iconic Fast As A Shark and the brilliant Balls To The Wall (this nine-minute version is epic) a determined Dirkschneider is in typically destructive form – belting out the lyrics like his life depends on it.
It’s not singing, as such. But it doesn’t need to be. There’s something reassuringly raw about a growling Dirkschneider (his style a familiar fusion of Lemmy and Brian Johnson) blasting his way through a slew of metal classics that simply haven’t aged.
A crisp mix, a band that’s bang on form and a crowd that’s clearly up to the challenge makes for the very best in alternative soundtracks to the summer. What must Wolf think?