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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. 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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U.D.O. Posts "Metal Machine" Music Video

U.D.O., featuring legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkshneider, posted a new music video for the track "Metal Machine." The song appears on the forthcoming new LP "Steelhammer," which is scheduled for release on May 21st in the United States (May 24 in EU) via AFM Records.

The track listing for "Steelhammer" is:

1. Steelhammer
2. A Cry Of A Nation
3. Metal Machine
4. Basta Ya
5. Heavy Rain
6. Devil's Bite
7. Death Ride
8. King Of Mean
9. Timekeeper
10. Never Cross My Way
11. Take My Medicine
12. Stay True
13. When Love Becomes A Lie
14. Book Of Faith
15. Shadows Come Alive (Digipak Bonus Track)

Check out "Metal Machine" here: More...

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Halcyon Way Posts U.D.O. Tour Video Diary

Halcyon Way has checked in with the first video updated from the road as the band tours alongside U.D.O. Check out the clip below, or catch the band live:

4/9: Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point
4/10: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4/11: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/12: Montreal, Que @ Foufounes Electriques
4/13: St-Ferdinand, QC @ Style Metal
4/14: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
4/17: Verona, WI @ Heights Event Center
4/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/19: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
4/20: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's More...

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U.D.O. Posts Trailer For New LP "Steelhammer"

U.D.O., featuring legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, posted a preview clip for the upcoming "Steelhammer" LP. The album is set to drop May 21st in the U.S. and May 24th in Europe.

The track listing for "Steelhammer" is:

1. Steelhammer
2. A Cry Of A Nation
3. Metal Machine
4. Basta Ya
5. Heavy Rain
6. Devil's Bite
7. Death Ride
8. King Of Mean
9. Timekeeper
10. Never Cross My Way
11. Take My Medicine
12. Stay True
13. When Love Becomes A Lie
14. Book Of Faith
15. Shadows Come Alive (Digipak Bonus Track)

Check out the teaser here: More...

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U.D.O. Reveals New Album Track Listing

German heavy metal masters U.D.O. have unveiled the track listing for their upcoming studio album “Steelhammer,” which is available below. The album is set be released on May 24th in Europe and May 21st in the U.S.

01. Steelhammer
02. A Cry Of A Nation
03. Metal Machine
04. Basta Ya
05. Heavy Rain
06. Devil's Bite
07. Death Ride
08. King Of Mean
09. Timekeeper
10. Never Cross My Way
11. Take My Medicine
12. Stay True
13. When Love Becomes A Lie
14. Book Of Faith
Bonus track on limited digipak: Shadows Come Alive More...

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U.D.O. Reveals New Album Title

German heavy metal veterans, U.D.O., led by former Accept frontman, Udo Dirkschneider, has announced that they will release a new studio album entitled, "Steelhammer" through AFM Records on May 24th. Dirkschneider co-produced the album with Fitty Wienhold. The band will be promoting the album with a run of shows in the United States and Canada in April, the schedule for which is as follows:

April 9 - Amityville, NY - Ollie's Point (16+)
April 10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre (16+)
April 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance (16+)
April 12 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques (18+)
April 13 - St-Ferdinand, QC - Style Metal (18+)
April 14 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club (19+)
April 17 - Verona, WI - Heights Events Center (16+)
April 18 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's (All Ages)
April 19 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's (All Ages)
April 20 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's (All Ages)
April 21 -Seattle, WA - Studio Seven (All Ages)
April 23 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky-A.-Go-Go (16+)

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Guitarist Igor Gianola Leaves U.D.O.

German metal act U.D.O., featuring legendary former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, announced that longtime guitarist Igor Gianola (Ex-Jorn) has departed the band due to personal and scheduling reasons. The band also simultaneously announced that the follow, yet untitled, LP to 2011's "Rev-Raptor" will be released on May 24, 2013.

The band posted the following on its Facebook page:

"Hello everybody,

"We have to inform you that Igor has left U.D.O. due to conflicts between band appointments and his private life and business. Since the business of U.D.O. develops and the band tours more and more all over the world Igor simply wasn´t available for so many different long periods. The band respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future. Igor was with the band since nearly 15 years now and became a very important and highly respected bandmember.

"Thank you very much Igor!!!!!!!"

The band went on to announce that his replacement will be Ex-Amberian Dawn guitarist Kasperi
Heikkinen (Conquest/Merging Flare): More...

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U.D.O. Returns To North America With New Tour

German metal band U.D.O., featuring former Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider, have confirmed that the band will tour North America this April. This marks Udo's return to the United States and Canada after a very long drought. U.D.O. is supporting its latest LP "Rev-Raptor," released in 2011 through AFM Records.

Support acts have not yet been announced. Confirmed dates are as follows:

04-09-2013 USA-Amityville, NY - Ollie's Point
04-10-2013 USA-New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
04-11-2013 USA-Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
04-12-2013 CDN-Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
04-13-2013 CDN-St-Ferdinand, QC - Style Metal
04-14-2013 CDN-Toronto, ON - Mod Club
04-18-2013 USA-Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
04-19-2013 USA-Detroit, MI - Harpo's
04-20-2013 USA-Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
04-21-2013 USA-Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
04-23-2013 USA-West Hollywood, CA - Whisky-A-Go-Go

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U.D.O. Posts Another Clip From "Live At Sofia" DVD

German metal icon Udo Dirkschneider (formerly of Accept) posted a second new live clip for "Screaming For A Love-Bite" (which originally appeared on the classic 1985 Accept studio release "Metal Heart"). The clip is part of the DVD/2CD live release entitled "Live in Sofia," which is out now via AFM Records.

The clip for "Heart of Gold" can be seen at this location.

Check out "Screaming for a Love-Bite" here:

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

DVD
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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U.D.O. Re-Releasing Back Catalog With Bonus Songs

The “Live In Sofia” release from U.D.O. is now available in Europe and the USA, which includes a concert of the band in Bulgaria’s capitol wrapped into DVD/2-CD and BluRay/2-CD packages. A second teaser trailer for the release can be found below.

And there’s another reason for all U.D.O. fans to celebrate: finally the band’s extensive back catalog will be made available again – now in special “anniversary editions.” This series will start with "Solid," "Man And Machine," "No Limits" and "Holy" (all albums include bonus tracks) on December 7th. In early 2013 more U.D.O. classics will follow. More...

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