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U.D.O.

Formed: 1987
From: Wuppertal, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest U.D.O. News

Below is our complete U.D.O. news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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U.D.O. Releases Live Video Clip Of "Animal House"

Germany's U.D.O. - featuring ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider - released a live clip of the track "Animal Man." The clip was taken from the upcoming new live DVD/2CD set "Navy Metal Night," which is expected to drop on July 31st via AFM Records.

The release was captured from the event on February of 2014, in which U.D.O. played a very special sold out show accompanied by the German Navy Orchestra (Marinemusikkorps Nordsee).

The track listing for "Navy Metal Night" is:

1. Intro (das Boot) [Live]
2. Das Boot (Live)
3. Future Land (Live)
4. Independence Day (Live)
5. Animal Instinct (Live)
6. The Hall of the Mountain King (Live)
7. Heart of Gold (Live)
8. Man and Machine (Live)
9. Dancing with an Angel (Live) [feat. Doro Pesch]
10. Faceless World (Live)
11. Ride (Live)
12. Days of Hope and Glory (Live)
13. Cut Me Out (Live)
14. Trainride in Russia (Live)
15. Stillness of Time (Live)
16. King of Mean (Live)
17. Book of Faith (Live)
18. Animal House (Live)

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U.D.O. Releasing DVD/2CD Set

On July 31st, the new U.D.O. DVD / 2CD set "Navy Metal Night" will be released via AFM Records. In February of 2014, U.D.O. played a very special sold out show, accompanied by the German Navy Orchestra (Marinemusikkorps Nordsee). The symphonic sound of the orchestra and the choir merged with the songs of U.D.O. and made the evening a unique unforgettable experience for the audience.

This bombastic live event will now be made available for all fans of U.D.O., either on DVD or Blu Ray plus 2 accompanying CDs. At this year’s Wacken Open Air, the unique musical collaboration can be seen live on stage again, this time with the German Federal Armed Forces Orchestra.

"I was simply overwhelmed by the whole event, it’s like a dream came true,” Udo Dirkschneider states. “It’s really more than words can say. This DVD will be something special to me, definitely a highlight of my career.”

“Navy Metal Night” was produced by Mattes & Björn Schlüter and co-produced by Udo Dirkschneider. The release was mixed by Mattes & Björn at Redhead Studio A, Wilhelmshaven and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios, Ribe, Denmark. More...

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U.D.O. Brings On New Keyboardist

Following the recruitment of his son Sven Dirkschneider in the drum position, U.D.O. has now issued the following update about bringing on a new keyboardist for upcoming live shows:

"U.D.O. is very proud to present our new tour keyboarder Harrison Young. The band is currently rehearsing for the tour. Harrison already became a fixed part of the U.D.O. family and everybody is highly motivated to kick ass on tour. This is the best U.D.O. ever with a great NEW setlist!!!!

"Harrison Young is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and audio producer from just outside of New York City, currently living in the Netherlands. In addition to touring and recording with his own two bands, Earth Minor and The Harrison Young Quartet, he has also appeared on numerous albums including metal queen Doro Pesch’s latest release, 'Raise Your Fist' and NYC hip hop Legend Talib Kweli’s album Gutter Rainbows, for which Harrison provided the iconic piano riff on the #1 iTunes single, ‘Cold Rain.’

"For the past several years, Harrison has been touring the world with Doro as her keyboardist, appearing at festivals like Wacken, Graspop, and Sweden Rock, in addition to countless headline shows everywhere from Los Angeles to Moscow. In 2013, he sang the official anthem of the inaugural Full Metal Cruise alongside Doro in front of hundreds of thousands of people at Hamburg Germany’s 824th Harbor Celebration.

"He also recently released a new album with his long time rock band, Earth Minor entitled 'Across The Atlantic In Record Time,’ which is now available worldwide at his website. Harrison is thrilled to join the U.D.O. team as of this upcoming European tour and looks forward to rocking with you in your city." More...

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Sven Dirkschneider Joins His Father's Band

After splitting with former drummer Francesco Jovino and numerous auditions with possible new band members, the decision has been made – the new drummer and band member of U.D.O. will be Sven Dirkschneider.

'His drumming has simply convinced us most," the band says. "His style of playing drums is fresh and really grooves heavily. It simply is exactly what we need for U.D.O. We also know that Sven fits perfectly into the band family. He has been working as a drum tech for us for more than four years and we know from several world tours that everyone likes him and gets along with him perfectly.“

Sven Dirkschneider is 21 years old and is now the youngest member of U.D.O. From the beginning Sven was in touch with his father's job and ran around backstage at his shows, and he felt at a very early stage that this could be his world as well. His debut show for U.D.O. will be on March 6th in Wuerzburg/Germany.

"It is a very special feeling to be a part of my father’s band," he says. "I somehow have always been around with the band since I can remember. But I have never dreamed of being a real band member one day." More...

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U.D.O. Streams New Track "Pain"

U.D.O. - the band featuring former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider - is streaming the nre track "Pain."

The song will appear on the new album "Decadent," which is set for release on January 23rd (EU) and February 3rd (USA) via AFM Records. A review for the release can be seen at this location.

The track list for the album is:

1. Speeder
2. Decadent (see music video here)
3. House of Fake
4. Mystery
5. Pain
6. Secrets in Paradise
7. Meaning of Life
8. Breathless
9. Under Your Skin
10. Untouchable
11. Rebels of the Night
12. Words in Flame More...

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U.D.O. Parts With Drummer

U.D.O. (featuring ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider) has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:

"Drummer Francesco Jovino left U.D.O. due to personal reason. The band is searching for a new drummer now since a complete world tour is scheduled for 2015 starting early March 2015.

"If you feel ready to become the new U.D.O. drummer feel free to mail your application to fsuepfle@itm-agency.com (please NO big attachements with soundfiles or similar, if we're interested
we gonna contact you and ask for further information)."

The band's upcoming album "Decadent" is due out on January 23rd (EU) and February 3rd (USA) via AFM Records. More...

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U.D.O. Debuts Music Video For New LP Title Track

U.D.O. - the band featuring former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider - premiered the new music video for the track "Decadent" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also in the player below). The song is the title track of the upcoming new studio album, which is set for release on January 23rd (EU) and February 3rd (USA) via AFM Records.

The track list for the album is:

1. Speeder
2. Decadent
3. House of Fake
4. Mystery
5. Pain
6. Secrets in Paradise
7. Meaning of Life
8. Breathless
9. Under Your Skin
10. Untouchable
11. Rebels of the Night
12. Words in Flame

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U.D.O. Reveals Album Details For "Decadent"

U.D.O., featuring ex-Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider, announced that the follow up to the 2013 release "Steelhammer" (see review here), entitled "Decadent" will be released on January 23, 2015 via AFM Records. The album's artwork can be viewed below.

The track listing for the album is:

1. Speeder
2. Decadent
3. House of Fake
4. Mystery
5. Pain
6. Secrets in Paradise
7. Meaning of Life
8. Breathless
9. Under Your Skin
10. Untouchable
11. Rebels of the Night
12. Words in Flame More...

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U.D.O. Finishes Work On New Album

U.D.O. just finished work on the new album "Decadent," which was mastered by Jacob Hansen in Denmark.

Before that, the band spent many weeks in different studios (Double U Studio, Ibiza and Redhead Audio Productions in Wilhelmshaven) in order to record "the best album of U.D.O. so far." The new album will be released January 23rd, 2015.

A full track listing and album cover will be revealed soon, so stay tuned! More...

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U.D.O. Announces New Album

The grand masters of Teutonic heavy metal will soon be returning with a new full-length studio album.

After the success of “Steelhammer” (reviewed here) and the live album / DVD "Steelhammer - Live From Moscow," U.D.O. is busily working on new material.

Udo Dirkschneider and his band will release “Decadent” in January. Further details are forthcoming. More...

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U.D.O. Checks In From The Studio

Germany's U.D.O. - the band from Udo Dirkschneider - is in the studio working on a new full-length album. The band has now checked in with the following update:

"A big hello from the band currently working in the studio on Ibiza. All songs are composed and the recording session already started.

"Everybody is busy as hell and the new songs are a blast. And we already know the new title of the album.......! Have a great summer time and we will keep you posted."

The album is set to follow the 2013 release "Steelhammer" (reviewed here), with further info forthcoming.

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Savatage Reunion Show Set For Wacken 2015

Promoters for the Wacken Open Air Festival announced that Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing live on stage at Wacken 2015, followed immediately by a Savatage reunion gig that will mark the band's first live performance in over a decade. Furthermore, these appearances are the only live appearances for both bands in Europe during 2015.

Guitarist Chris Caffery proudly proclaimed in his Facebook post: "I am extremely happy to make this post! Today our friends at the Wacken festival announced that Savatage will be finally playing again! Wacken 2015! Both Savatage and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will make an appearance! Savatage will close the festival that night following #TSO's first ever European festival appearance! I have been waiting for then to announce this for a a few weeks! It was hard to keep it a secret! Yes Legion...our patience has finally paid off...Savatage will play again next summer!"

In addition, Running Wild will return to the stage after playing the farewell performance in 2009 before recently returning with two studio releases ("Shadowmaker" and "Resilent").

Other band named in the first wave of acts are: In Flames, In Extremo, U.D.O. (Special Orchestra show), Sabaton, Amorphis (Special "Tales from the Thousand Lakes" show), Death Angel, Powerwolf, Ensiferum, Kataklysm, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Thyrfing.

The pre-sale starts in the night from Sunday, August 3rd to Monday, August 4th at Midnight (German time) (6:00pm EST) – exclusively at Metaltix.com. As always, the first offer is the 10,000 limited X-Mas Tickets. The X-Mas tickets will be available for 150€ + 10€ pre-sale fee and will be delivered together with one of the limited W:O:A X-Mas T-Shirts! Every customer can order up to 2 X-Mas tickets. More...

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U.D.O. Recording New Album

Germany's U.D.O. - the band from Udo Dirkschneider - is currently working on a forthcoming full-length album. The band has issued the following brief announcement:

"Hi Everybody! Long time that we gave some news on what's going on. Well, here are some. Last week we started recording THE NEW ALBUM in Ibiza. A part from sun, beach and... we are very happy about the result so far.

"Of course we will post some pics on our Facebook..... so stay heavy, stay with us and don't forget you are all part of the team!! LET'S DO IT! Cheers."

This upcoming release will follow the 2013 album "Steelhammer" (reviewed here), with more detail to be announced in the near future. You can also check out a clip from the band's newly released live DVD below. More...

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U.D.O. Posts "Metal Machine" Clip From New DVD

German metal act U.D.O. - the band of legendary vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept) - posted a live clip of the track "Metal Machine" (original version appears on the latest album "Steelhammer" - see review here). The clip is from the upcoming new live DVD/CD "Steelhammer - Live In Moscow," which drops tomorrow (May 23rd) in Europe and June 10th in the USA via AFM Records.

The full track list can be found below the clip, which can be seen here:

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U.D.O. Posts Footage From New Live Release

German metal act U.D.O., featuring former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, posted a live clip of the track "Trip to Nowhere" (which originally appeared on the 1990 album "Faceless World"). The clip is from the upcoming 2CD/DVD/Blu-Ray live set "Live in Moscow," which will be released on May 23rd (EU) and June 10th (USA) via AFM Records.

The track list is as follows:

CD 1:

1. Intro
2. Steelhammer
3. King of Mean
4. Future Land
5. Cry of a Nation
6. Trip to Nowhere
7. They Want War
8. Never Cross My Way
9. Stranger
10. Stay True
11. In the Darkness
12. Azrael More...

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U.D.O. Announces New Live CD/DVD Set

Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O. wo recording a live DVD to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. This is the first live release of U.D.O.’s new line-up and it's due out on May 23rd, 2014. AFM Records comments:

"The band comes up with an exceptional setlist, including many classics that haven’t been played for a long time, fan favorites and tracks from the recent success album 'Steelhammer.' U.D.O. once again prove why they are hailed as one of the best European live bands. 'Steelhammer - Live From Moscow' will be available as DVD/2-CD, Bluray/2-CD and triple-Vinyl in Russian national colors (tricolor)." More...

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U.D.O. Signs With AFM

German metal icon Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.) has signed a long-term contract with AFM Records for the release of three albums and three DVDs.

"We feel very comfortable with AFM Records and we appreciate the good vibes" says Udo Dirkschneider. "The mutual understanding is perfect and our individual wishes and ideas are respected and converted. This is obviously hard to find in the music business nowadays."

AFM also comments: "We wanted such an extensive deal with U.D.O. because the cooperation has proved fertile in the past. U.D.O. is one of our biggest acts, sales figures have grown constantly; this proves that – together – we are successful!" More...

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Doro Announces Guests For 30th Anniversary Shows

When Doro celebrates her big anniversaries, she will traditionally welcome several heroes of the rock and metal scene, and this will also be the case for her 30 year stage anniversary. Doro will be playing two shows on May 2nd and May 3rd, 2014 at CCD-Stadthalle, where her fans can look forward to seeing many superstars.

Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian has already confirmed his appearance. As of today it is also confirmed that Miland "Mille" Petrozza of Kreator and Udo Dirkschneider, the former Accept shouter, will come to Düsseldorf to celebrate Doro's anniversary together with her.

Udo comments: "Of course! For Doro I will always be up front. Actually I was planning on being part of her show in Wacken this summer, but I could not make that date.”

"I have the most awesome friends and colleagues," Doro bursts out about the Teutonic trio. You can see her live on these dates: More...

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U.D.O. Releases New Music Video

U.D.O. has released a new music video for 'heavy Rain," which comes off latest album "Steelhammer."

The track is quite unusual for metal icon Udo Dirkschneider and his band because of its silent tunes and reflective mood. Check it out below. You can also watch the previously posted "Metal Machine" video at this location.

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U.D.O. Streaming "Basta Ya"

German Heavy Metal force U.D.O. has recorded a special song for upcoming album "Steelhammer," which will be released on May 24th (May 21st USA). “Basta Ya” comes up with a hot topic - the lack of perspectives for the youth in a united Europe.

“The youth in Europe is in a unique situation at the moment,” vocalist Udo Dirkschneider explains. “They are the first generation to grow up in a united Europe and therefore the first who have to deal with the circumstances this brings. Also, however hard their respective situation might be, they hold the future in their hands.“

Dirkschneider himself lives in Ibiza, Spain, a country where the effects of the Euro crisis left unmistakable marks, with an unemployment rate of 50% among the adolescents. "This is something I really think about a lot," Dirkschneider speaks out. "I’m a family father myself, a father of two now adult kids who both just started their working life. Young people need chances, opportunities to reach something. What happens in Spain right now, is far away from this. It’s obvious that a whole generation is in fear of losing their livelihood."

This is the first track Udo Dirkschneider has recorded in Spanish. "Basta Ya" is a typical shout in Spanish speaking countries to protest against injustice. At the same time it’s a shout of motivation, to force a change. Vitor Garcia of Spain’s Warcy sings “Basta Ya” in a duet with Dirkschneider. More...

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