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U.D.O.: Steelhammer: Live From Moscow

It’s hammer time.

Udo Dirkschneider and his merry men of metal form one of the hardest working bands out there, seemingly forever recording and then hitting the road.

It’s slightly unfortunate, then, that their efforts this time are overshadowed by international powerplays after being filmed in Moscow last year. Dirkschneider tackles any negative associations in the booklet by pointing out that music connects people, and notes that the band toured Ukraine early this year.

Timing issues aside, the storming set is peppered with tracks from latest album Steelhammer and includes Metal Heart as a crowd-pleasing conclusion. The extras, however, let things down. Perfunctory behind-the-scenes nonsense and footage of a balalaika-led singalong aside, the potentially interesting tour documentary is in German with no subtitles. An opportunity missed.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.