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Bill Hudson – U.D.O / I Am Morbid / Trans-Siberian Orchestra ” I wrote two songs with David. Actually, me and David together have written many, many songs before this. This is like back where he left Morbid Angel. We wrote a lot of music that he wanted to be a new band, and it’s not Country. It’s not industrial. Its very death metal.”

August 25th, 2017

BILL HUDSON

Bill Hudson may not ring the bells for most of readers out there. However he has carved his talents and skills in several bands and gained the ultimate respect amongst the metal/rock musicians. The Brazilian guitarist wizard joined the U.D.O/Dirskscheinder and has been an guitarist for I Am Morbid led by the former Morbid Angel vocalist. Besides those bands he also belongs to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Therefore Metal-Rules.Com had to sit down with Bill Hudson to talk about his roles in different bands and how he feels about playing different types of metal. 

INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA


 

 

JOINING U.D.O.  / DIRSKSCHNEIDER

Let’s start with the obvious question, how did you end up playing with Dirkschneider or should we says U.D.O because it’s basically the same band?

As far as I know so far, it’s the same band. We’re just going by name Dirkschneider, while we do this whole Accept thing. They started obviously with Kasperi before, but that’s what I understand so far. It is the same band. The same lineup and everyone.

Did they contact you or did you do a motion about it?

It was a mixture of both. When Kasperi left, I heard from a lot of people that I know that I should contact them. I’m really good friends with Bas Maas from Doro and I know that they’re close with Doro. So I asked Bas if he knew anybody, because everybody was telling me to talk to them. The funny thing is Bas gave me Sven’s cellphone number and I just texted Sven, “Hey, Are you guys looking for a guitarist?” And we didn’t talk very much. That didn’t go very far. Then there is a person that I worked with sometimes. Her name is Kendra. She worked with U.D.O. previously. She’s also really good friend with Kasperi and she made the actual contact. She put me in touch with their management. We discussed a little bit and I don’t know. After three days talking, I was in Germany. They had concerns for the fact that I live in America and I did too. It’s working out so far. It was a mix of things. A lot of people were telling them about me. A lot of people were tell me about them.

How is your Accept history, I mean, how familiar you are with the bands past and music?

I grew up with the bands that copied Accept. Of course I knew the classics. I’ve always known the classics and I have METAL HEART, BALLS TO THE WALL and RESTLESS AND WILD. I own those albums. But I was more of like Helloween fan or the Gamma Ray, maybe because of my age. I was born in ’83. So I heard the bands that wanted be like them. It’s funny, because learning these songs. I got a lot of, oh. This is where Helloween got that from. Oh! This is where that band got this from. So with this set-list. With these songs that we were playing on this tour. I was familiar with most of them, but not all of them. They were songs that were new to me.

Did you ever see the band live with Udo on vocals?

No, no. But I saw U.D.O. in Brazil, back in like 2003. Because I’m born and raised in Brazil and I didn’t move to America until 2005. They were together already. Accept never went to Brazil with Udo. They only went with Mark Tornillo recently.U.D.O. did back in 2003. I don’t know if it’s 2003 or four, but I saw them there

Have you seen Accept with Mark Tornillo?

Yes. I saw Accept. Where did I see Accept? I saw them in Europe somewhere though. It was in… Was it Wacken? Maybe it was in Wacken even. I don’t remember?

As for the set list – it’s only Accept songs as we know, but did you have anything to say about it, I mena, were you able to pick up any/certain songs to be included on the set? 

Yeah, yeah. Basically my job was to step in where Kasperi left. So, we are doing the same songs and I’m even playing the same parts what Kasperi did before. Like for this tour, I don’t get very many solos, because he didn’t either. So everything he played, I’m playing now. Basically stepping in and finishing this part of the tour, as if Kasperi never left.

How familiar are you with the U.D.O. songs then?

I have STEELHAMMER. But no, I can’t say – now I am. Now being in the band, previously I wasn’t that familiar with those sonngs. Honestly, I used to see him because of Accept.

After these Dirkschneider tours are over and done, are there any plans to continue the band as U.D.O and put out some new material as well?

We’ve already written an album. Basically my audition to the band wasn’t really an audition. But my audition was to come to Germany and write an album there basically. We stayed in the studio a week and writing songs together as a band, which by the way I had never done that before. Like sitting with the band, okay. “Here is this riff, you try that. Let’s try.” I’ve never done that kind of thing before. It was awesome. Yeah. There is an album, where the album is almost done. Just Udo has to finish the vocals. I don’t know about the release date or anything like that. But yeah. I’ve already done some music.

And then you will have your own lead parts “Laughs”

Yeah. There we’re 50-50. Hopefully the next tour too. I don’t know how this ended up like this.

Dirkscheider will play three gigs in Finland later this year. U.D.O. usually sells approx 300 tickets per show in Finland whereas Dirkschneider shows sells much better. There’s a big difference and I think that Udo has noticed that as well. 

That’s cool. That’s what I keep hearing too. But I came in here. So as far as I know he’s all big like that.

However, you cannot continue doing that “nostalgia” tour forever. People come to see that once or maybe twice and then they want to hear something else.

Of course, but on the next tour, we’re going have a different – It  is still Accept, but completely different set-list from this. Because he’s been doing the same one for a while from what I understand. Then we have a whole different set for the next tour. We’ll see how that goes.

When the next tour will start?

September, October maybe.  It starts in Europe.

As you’re playing with several bands, how do you coordinate your schedule?

No, I don’t. It’s terrible. That thing with David Vincent and Dirkschneider was a problem, because I got both offers at the same time. And David Vincent and me had been friends since, I don’t know, for like 10 years. We’re really close and that whole I Am Morbid thing really started with a Brazilian tour that was offered to David and I’m from Brazil. So I was going to go with him and from that we ended up starting a band. But he started with that tour idea. We never said;  “Hey. Let’s do a band”. It was just an offer and then we were like, “Why don’t we do that?” I talked to Udo and David Vincent about the tour probably the same week or maybe in a span of two weeks. Then I was like, I don’t know what to do. Actually because of that, it took me a week or so to say yes to Dirkschneider. Which a lot of my friends were like; “You’re crazy. You got to go. You got to say yes”. I’m like, yeah. But I don’t want to be the guy double booking. I don’t want to be unprofessional and I already committed to these other tour. It was cool, because David Vincent was cool enough to let me out of that tour, to do this show. So I’ve done… basically I would finish I Am Morbid show – Then fly to Germany, rehearse with these guys, do Rock Hard and come back to the tour. It was pretty grueling. It was pretty grueling like six weeks. I don’t plan on doing it again either. If I’m booked, I’m booked. I’m never going to do this again.

Dirkschneider on stage

 

WORKING WITH “I AM MORBID”

As you’re the official member of Dirkschneider and U.D.O but you’re also the member of I Am Morbid. Is I Am Morbid actual band or more like a project?

I Am Morbid, it doesn’t have anything booked that I know of right now. But I think I Am Morbid, I can say that I’m an official member. But if the band wants to book the show and I’m not available. I’m not going to stop them from playing and I told David that too. Because coming up here, I have a pretty busy schedule with Dirkschneider. I told David if you want to do shows; “Do them.” Like there is a few guitar players that I recommended for him that was a fill in. But there is no dates right now. So I really don’t know what’s going on with that.

I Am Morbid is kind of relief for many fans, because they are afraid of – “What the hell David is doing now?”-  when he is doing that country and other non metal stuff.

It’s funny. Because personally I really like his country stuff. Because it’s not country, commercial country. It’s soft rock country. It’s like Johnny Cash. It’s cool. It’s not like Carrie Underwood or anything, it’s Johnny Cash. So I really like that to begin with. But a lot of fans in Russia were telling me that, my friend didn’t want to come because he thought he was going to play country. So I was like, “When did he say he was going to play country?” I love that people ended up thinking that. I know that a lot of Morbid Angel fans are also happy with the fact that we’re playing those songs, because Morbid Angel is not doing those songs anymore. They stopped playing the David Vincent material and David was like;” That’s perfect. Because these are my songs.”  It ended up working out. A lot of fans came up to us and said ; “I’m also going to see Morbid Angel, because they’re playing the other songs, Steve Tucker songs”. So I think it was good for everyone.

I remember having read somewhere there would be a chance that I Am Morbid would start working on the new music?

That’s true. I wrote two songs with David. Actually, me and David together have written many, many songs before this. This is like back where he left Morbid Angel. We wrote a lot of music that he wanted to be a new band, and it’s not Country. It’s not industrial. Its very death metal. So we’re thinking about using those songs as an album. But I mean, there is nothing official. It’s just like, he said that in an interview and people pick up on it. But we haven’t done any official work, other than these songs. But Ira and Tim, they haven’t done any work in that yet. If we’re going to do an album, we definitely want to do with everyone.

One more thing about Am I Morbid. You said that you’re a fan of the classic metal bands like Helloween. How do you adjust yourself to this kind of extreme metal thing like Morbid Angel?

I didn’t grow up with Death Metal. That’s for sure. That’s not something I grew up. That’s not something that I was familiar with. But I figured out a way, to me it is all music like my formation, my school formation is classical music. Everything is music. It’s just notes. It’s just like how many hits on the drum you have per bar? So like Helloween has been picking at a certain speed. Morbid Angel does the same thing, but faster. At the end of the day there is this musical differences and aesthetic differences. But it’s just notes and rhythms, like everything else. Now, with Morbid Angel also, I had 10 days rehearsal with the band and David Vincent was showing us every part. That guy knows every single part of his music, on bass, guitar, drums, everything. He knows every part of every instrument. So he would come out;”Okay. That part is kind of right, but not really. Try like this.” It was a lot of work, but he was unimposible. Now, I feel that any death metal song that I hear. I’m always like okay, that’s simple compared to Morbid Angel. It was different. Now, this was a lot easier. U.D.O. like… like all the U.D.O. materials that is what I had been playing. So this was much more natural for me.

Am I Morbid: Billy, David Vincent, Ira Black and Tim Yeung

 

WESTFIELD MASSACRE AND WORKING WITH IRA BLACK

Another interesting band in your career is Westfield Massacre. 

That is a band which I started with the singer. We started that band and wrote all the music on the first album. Then me and this drummer Tim Yeung left and the singer was by himself.That whole thing happened like this, the band Westfield Massacre was myself, Tim Yeung and Tommy Vext, the singer. Just the three of us and we did the album. We played a couple of shows. We found like a line-up. We played a couple of shows, but it didn’t work out for us. So me and Tim left and Tommy ended up hiring new people and Ira… and actually when Tommy asked me who I thought who should be. I’m like, in Los Angeles, Ira is the only guy that could do it. So he got Ira and another drummer, another bass player and everything. Then we left. But now Tommy left also. So Ira has the band name and an album that he didn’t play on. But they’re a new band now. It’s a complicated story. Being a musician happens like that.

How is your relationsip with Ira nowadays?

It’s cool. Ira is a great man. I love that guy. He’s one of my good friends and Ira and I live in Los Angeles. Any time there is a job for me to do that I can’t do, I get Ira in it. It’s funny. Because right now he’s in a band. Right now he owns a band I guess, called Westfield Massacre

Tommy is now helping out Five Finger Death Punch, replacing Ian Moody, every then and now.

Yeah, yeah. He’s not in the band anymore. Tommy is out. So it’s just Ira right now.

You used Ira as a replacement member, but he also sometimes needs replacement members to fill his spot in Lizzy Borden. Did Lizzy ever ask you to fill in for Ira?

I talked to Lizzy Borden a few years ago. It never worked out. Ira just staid in. But I did talk to them a few days ago.

I think he’s kind of back in the band now.

For what I understand Lizzy Borden is doing…

A new album now.

Yeah. But I don’t know if Ira is involved in that. I don’t think he’s in there. But I don’t know. I don’t want to speak for him.

Westfield Massacre in 2014

 

SAVATAGE AND TRANSSIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

What about Trans-Siberian, what is your state with that band at the moment?

Right. That thing, I know nothing about man. They don’t tell me anything. They call me when they need me. That’s the truth. It’s not just me, like everyone. Now with Paul’s death, I don’t even know what they’re thinking. I know they’re going to do a tour again. But last year I didn’t go. I did the 2015 tour. But last year they brought Joel Hoekstra back. So this year, I stayed kind of as what they call a backup musician. So I rehearsed with the band. I knew the songs and I was ready to go if they needed me. But they didn’t, last year. For this year, it’s kind of looking the same. But I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. If they call me I’ll go. I love working with those guys. If they call me, I’ll go. But I don’t know,  I really don’t know what their plans are.

Two years ago you were a part of Trans Siberian Orchestra when they did the amaning Wacken spectacle. Tell something about that unique show?

I was a cray amount of rehearsing. I remember when we moved to the Tampa Fairgrounds to do like stage rehearsal and there was sheet between us. So, we couldn’t see the other band. By the time we hit the state, we were good. I think we all kicked ass everyone. From every singer, every instrument. It was perfect. The funny thing is I don’t remember a lot of the show. I remember the preparation. I remember rehearsals. I remember being there, hanging out or whatever. But I don’t remember playing the show. There is one thing I remember, which is like when the pyro came off the first time. One of the things did alight and I got drenched in the fluid. I was like, fuck. I hope I don’t… this doesn’t set me on fire now man. That’s literary the only thing I remember. But it was great. I got a lot of opportunities in my career after that. I got calls from a bunch of bands after that. It was good. It was really good. It was crazy. That’s a show that I wish I saw from the audience. Because it must have been really cool. For us, it was just a regular show. For the people in the stage, it was like its just one stage. We did “Turns To Me” by Savatage with Russell Allen from Symphony X. But I couldn’t see him. I’m just hearing him in my ears. We had Jeff Scott Soto. We had Russell Allen. We had Zak Stevens. We had Nathan James. I think that’s it for the guy singers. It was pretty crazy. It’s crazy when your choir has Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen and Nathan James. Yeah. Those were like the backing singers “Laughs”

You also had that army of great looking ladies at the stage as well “Laughs”

I don’t get into that man. But it gets pretty hard to rehearse sometimes. It’s like, fuck. They’re totally co-workers. Like you can’t even look at it.

Bill and Jon Oliva on stage in Wacken

Apparently it seems that Trans-Siberian Orchesta are going to tour in the fall. That tour would be some kind of tribute to the late Paul O’Neill.        

Yeah. Maybe they are. But the last I heard is that they’re doing a tour and the tour is sort of a tribute to him. What I heard. But I haven’t been called about the tour. So I don’t know. Last year was the 20th anniversary of the first album. So that was a special year too. So we’ll see. They normally start calling around September and then they’ll…

Maybe announcing the annual Christmas tour dates.

Yeah, exactly.

Joel Hoekstra is probably going to really busy with Whitesnake because they’re doing a new Whitesnake album, so, maybe the phone will ring again?

Yeah. That’s what I would hope. It’s fucked up, because me and Joel have been friends since before TSO. When I got the job, he actually helped me. They asked him for his opinion and he said that I would be the guy. So I’m thankful to him. But last year rehearsals, it was awkward. He was like, dude. I’m your friend and I’m sorry that this happened. Like we’re fighting for the same job. But it happens. It happens in the industry and TSO is also like a character. They didn’t say, fuck you. We don’t need you anymore. Not at all. I was part of our communication and everything. So like I was still in the band, but I was not. I was basically getting paid to sit at home.

Only the time will tell how things evolve but wouldn’t it be cool to have the Trans-Siberian playing someday in Brazil?

Oh man! That would be awesome. It would be amazing and there was a promoter that was actually trying to bring it for the anniversary of my home town. But it never worked. I don’t know why. But I don’t know how you possibly do that, because they wouldn’t settle for any less of the production than what they have.

Trans Siberian is mostly touring in the North America areas only. Do you see what might be the reason for that?

For what I understand, people care more about Savatage than Trans Siberian in Europe.So always wondered why not do Savatage in Europe in the summer, TSO in winter in America. I don’t know, maybe one day they’ll do something like that.

I heard a rumour that something like that might happen in the next summer?

I keep hearing that too. I heard that too. But I didn’t hear from anybody in the band. Everything I heard so far was here in Europe from people. But nobody has told me shit. Maybe?

One more thing about TSO, does Al Pitrelli run the Trans-Siberian nowadays when Paul is gone?

I hope so.I hope that’s the guy that takes over, but I don’t know. Obviously I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him about it. But he was the musical director of the band. Him and Oliva together, they run the whole thing. Like I will go to each musician and be like, you’re playing is wrong, your playing is wrong. Then at the end everybody rehearses just for Oliva. So yeah. I hope he takes over.

It’s funny how Pitrelli kind grow into that role. Because I remember him from Alice Cooper band, back in ’89 and then he had a band Widowmaker with Dee Snider and then was shortly in Megadeth. He was just a regular player, or a hired gun, but he’s done a great and succesfull career later on.

Yeah. That’s how I am now.

So, you see that you will have a great career in business as well. It’s not easy thing to do nowadays.

Yeah. But oddly enough man. Because a lot of people do ask me, “Why don’t you stick to one band?” Why don’t you do…? Because I know Al. Because All is like my mentor, so to speak. Like he took me under his wing and he started talking about me in interviews, before I was either in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I learned from him. The guy went from Megadeth to Michael Bolton, to Celine Deon. That’s a guy that plays anything. I was like, fuck. That’s what I wanted to do and always busy. If Al wasn’t so good, financially speaking with TSO, I’m sure he would be doing other things too.

Do you have plans to expand your musical career outside of metal ?

I have plans. I don’t know if they will happen. Back in Brazil I did… this is before I moved to America. I’ve done some pop albums with like Mainstream pop artist in Brazil. Then in America I’ve done some writing with a pop singer, in America. But I’ve never done anything outside of Rock and metal, that’s been like Mainstream or big or anything like that. I feel that my strengths are kind of in this genre. That’s why I get called for jobs. I would love to do all this stuff.

Gracias. If I can say in Portuguese.

Obrigado in Portuguese. Kiitos, kiitos you guys. Finland is one of my favourite countries.

Another photo of Jon and Bill on stage in Wacken 2015

 

 

BILL HUDSON ON FACEBOOK 

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER PHOSTOS FROM TUSKA FESTIVAL

 

 

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Dirkschneider with support on Back To The Roots European Tour 2016 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

April 6th, 2016

Dirkschneider
Back To The Roots European Tour 2016
Anvil – special guest
Rampart – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
25/2 – 2016

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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DIRKSCHNEIDER & ANVIL : Live at Tavastia, Helsinki, FINLAND

March 8th, 2016

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DIRKSCHNEIDER 

with support band ANVIL

The 1st of March 2016

Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland

REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

“Balls To The Wall”, “Metal Heart” and a great number of other Accept classic ones have been the most important part of Udo Dirkschneider’s career, life and DNA since year zero. Especially those 80’s metal hymns have belonged to the youth of every teenager’s life back in the day. Even though the German metal icon has done those Accept evergreen on his long solo career until now, when he announced about closing the chapter of the Accept years by doing the specific tour under the Dirkschneider moniker. Back To The Roots/Farewell To Accept had been aimed high to cover nothing, but the Accept songs from the 80’s. Before Udo hit the stage smash the balls to the wall for the last time ever, the Canadian threesome Anvil had obtained the opening slot. The Tavastia club was totally packed, the gig was sold out a long time ago. Obviously the Accept nostalgia trip reached these 80’s heavy metal teenagers who had aged quite a lot. Seeing the younger generation in the middle aged crowd was quite rare.

 

ANVIL

Although the legendary Anvil DVD saw the light of day years ago, the band got the well deserved hype to boost the career to survive, but yet the hype still goes on. Frankly good for them, the 60 year old men got the one last chance to enjoy a bit of some kind of success before it was too late. However Lips appears to be a young naïve teenage hippie kid from the suburban area of Toronto, smoking weed and playing rock’n’roll. However Anvil’s simple and tongue-in-cheek mentality with the serious attitude is bloody cute and endearing in a way. Anvil is Anvil, no doubt about that. The songs off from METAL ON METAL played the major role in the set such as “666”, “March Of The Crabs” and of course “Metal On Metal” concluding the 60 minute set. As for the latest album being played a few songs for example “Die For A Lie” and “Zombie Apocalypse”. However that kind of simple metal seems to appeal to the certain group of the hard core metal fans for sure. Anvil is and presents a bit of comical as well as unintended humoristic aspects. The Canucks pounded and forged the metallic anvil for about one hour and left the stage with the overexcite crowd chanting Anvil, Anvil for a long time.

Lips in Helsinki 2016

Lips and the boys in Helsinki 2016

666
School Love
Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll
Winged Assassins
Free as the Wind
Zombie Apocalypse
Mothra
Swing Thing
Die For a Lie
Metal on Metal

OFFICIAL ANVIL WEBPAGE

 

DIRKSCHNEIDER

All right as stated earlier this is supposed to be Udo Dirkschneider’s farewell tour to his Accept era. The tour is massive and it seems like the demand has been incredible, because some festival has booked Dirkscheider. However the U.D.O moniker is on hiatus for the time being. Udo with the back-up band did the 120 minute set of several Accept songs. The packed club went entirely bezerk when the riff of “Starlight” cut the air and followed by all in all 23 Accept songs in a row. All of them had been picked up from the 80’s albums. Unfortunately the 90’s albums had been skipped completely and so was the Accept debut.  It obvious why Udo concentrated on the well-known classics instead but it would have been great to hear at least a couple of tracks from the bands excellent re-union album at the time OBJECTION OVERRULED (1993). In fact the band then played a sold out show in this same venue and for sure there were many fans now present who witnessed that show.  The album tracks “Objection Overruled”, “Slaves To Metal”, “Bulletproof” or “Protectors Of Terror” could all have been great additions on the set list.  The sounds were excellent. Well as for the band in general, they did a solid work and did the justified work for the old classic material. But Accept is Accept with the full metal heart, therefore comparing the back-up band of Dirkschneider for them is pointless and beyond the absurd. However the guitar duet appeared to be enjoying being at the stage. Even though the most ultimate passion and fire have gone a bit down for Udo to perform the immortal metal hymns, but the metal legend performed all of those songs with the professional attitude and proud for sure. At least this is supposed to be the last time to hear classics like “Breaker”, “Princess of the Dawn” and “London Leatherboys” sung by Udo on the Finnish soil.

It remains to be seen if Udo truly leaves the Accept material out from his U.D.O gigs in the future. To be honest the 80’s metal fans are desperately eager to hear those Accept classic stuff, therefore it is going to be quite interesting how this decision will effect on the ticket selling in the future.

Udo in HElsinki 2016

Udo in Helsinki 2016

Starlight
Living for Tonite
Flash Rockin’ Man
London Leatherboys
Midnight Mover
Breaker
Head Over Heels
Neon Nights
Princess of the Dawn
Winterdreams
Restless and Wild
Son of a Bitch
Up to the Limit
Midnight Highway
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Monsterman
Losers and Winners
TV War
Metal Heart
I’m a Rebel
Fast as a Shark
Balls to the Wall

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MORE PICTURES FROM HELSINKI SHOW

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U.D.O. with support Sister Sin and Garagedays on Decadent European Tour 2015 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

May 13th, 2015

 

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U.D.O
Decadent European Tour 2015
Sister Sin – special guest
Garagedays – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
26/4 – 2015

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Wicked Sensation – Bass player Martin Mannhardt

March 27th, 2015

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Wicked Sensation
Bass player Martin Mannhardt

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Birgitt Schwanke at GerMusica for setting up the interview.
Thanks to AOR Heaven for the promo pictures of the band.

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Bass player Martin Mannhardt from the German band Wicked Sensation hooked up with us to talk about the bands’ brand new album ADRENALINE RUSH. This is their fourth album from this melodic hardrock six-piece act. Besides talking about ADRENALINE RUSH we dedicated our conversation to handle the singer Robert Soeterboek’s status in the band, what part session singer David Reece plays on the album and which members are featured in the current line-up.  Read the rest of this entry »

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U.D.O. “Decadent” cover artwork and new tourdates!

December 3rd, 2014

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U.D.O. reveal cover artwork of their new album “Decadent” (which will be released on January 23rd in Europe and February 3rd  2015  in the US) and announce the first dates of their European tour 2015. More dates will follow soon.

U.D.O. Decadent Tour:

Mar 06, 2015 D-Würzburg – Posthalle
Mar 07, 2015 D-München – Backstage
Mar 11, 2015 D-Hamburg – Markthalle
Mar 13, 2015 D-Kiel – Pumpe 6
Mar 14, 2015 DK-Kolding – Godset
Mar 18, 2015 D-Bochum – Zeche
Mar 19, 2015 D-Losheim/Saarland – Eisenbahnhalle
Mar 20, 2015 D-Andernach – JUZ
Mar 21, 2015 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
Mar 22, 2015 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
Mar 25, 2015 D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
Mar 26, 2015 D-Berlin – C Club
Mar 27, 2015 D-Leipzig – Hellraiser
Mar 28, 2015 D-Regensburg – Airport
Mar 31, 2015 GB-London – The Garage
Apr 03, 2015 GB-Nuneaton – Queens Hall
Apr 09, 2015 E-Madrid – Sala Caracol
Apr 10, 2015 E-Valladolid – Polideportivo
Apr 11, 2015 E-Zaragoza – CC Delicias
Apr 12, 2015 E-Barcelona – Sala Salamandra
Apr 14, 2015 E-Ibiza Wacken Cruise – tba
Apr 16, 2015 E-Valencia – Sala Rock City
Apr 23, 2015 S-Stockholm – Klubben
Apr 24, 2015 S-Borlänge – Liljan
Apr 25, 2015 S-Gothenborg – Trädgårn
Apr 26, 2015 S-Malmö – KB
Apr 30, 2015 N-Oslo – Vulkan Arena
May 01, 2015 N-Haugesund – Karmoygeddon Festival
May 02, 2015 N-Trondheim – Byscenen

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U.D.O. – New album “Decadent” to arrive in January

October 7th, 2014

The grandmasters of Teutonic heavy metal return with a new studio album. After the success of “Steelhammer” and the Live album/DVD „Steelhammer – Live From Moscow“, U.D.O. are busily working on new material. Udo Dirkschneider and his band will release “Decadent” in January.

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METAL ALL STARS – Live at Hartwall Arena, Helsinki

April 17th, 2014
Metal All Stars

6’th of April 2014

Hartwall Arena, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN

The Metal All Stars touring circus landed at Finland in April. The whole tour had been advertised to have all the legendary heavy metal stars altogether such as Rob Halford, Vince Neil, Cronos, Tom Araya, Phil Anselmo and the former Megadeth guys Nick Menza and Martin Friedman. However the tour turned out to be one hell of a bluff when these legends vanished from the poster or announced no taking part in the Metal All Stars thing at all. Obviously the organization behind the curtains hasn’t pleased the bands and musicians that much either. When Metal All Star finally arrived after wild rumours and gossips, the 12000 seat Hartwall Arena was literally empty when only 2000 had crawled to witness the Metal All Stars. Well the Metal-Rules.Com was at present, witnessing this eccentric spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.D.O.: “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” to be released on May 23rd

March 28th, 2014

Russia has a special meaning for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O.. They were one of the very first international artists to tour the huge country of Russia – and their fans are still very thankful until this day. So recording a LIVE DVD to highlight the “Steelhammer” tour was an opportunity the band didn’t want to miss. It is the first LIVE release of U.D.O.’s new line-up (with Russian band member) which easily convinced fans and critics alike on recent festivals and headlining gigs.

The band comes up with an exceptional setlist, incl. 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).


Disc 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

Disc 2:
1 No Limits
2 Mean Machine
3 Burning Heat
4 Metal Machine
5 Devil’s Bite
6 Go Back to Hell
7 Timebomb
8 Holy
9 Metal Heart

DVD / BLU-RAY

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
13 No Limits
14 Mean Machine
15 Burning Heat
16 Metal Machine
17 Devil’s Bite
18 Go Back to Hell
19 Timebomb
20 Holy
21 Metal Heart

Bonus Content:
Behind The Scenes
Russia Travel Documentation
Trainride in Russia

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U.D.O. signs long-term contract with AFM Records

March 1st, 2014

German Metal Icon Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O.) signs a long-term contract with AFM Records. The new deal includes the release of 3 albums plus 3 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”.

Jochen Richert is very proud that U.D.O. remains part of the AFM family. “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!”

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U.D.O. Live at Club Nosturi, Helsinki

November 10th, 2013
U.D.O

U.D.O.

CLUB NOSTURI, HELSINKI

October 5’TH 2013

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA

German metal band U.D.O., led by former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, have been regular visitors in Finland during the past years. The band released its 14th studio album STEELHAMMER on last May and it also introduced U.D.O.’s renewed line-up including Udo, longtime members: bassist Fitty and drummer Francisco Jovino, and new guitarist duo Kasper Heikkinen and Andrey Smirnow. It seems that U.D.O. is still enjoying such a strong success in Finland as they now played in front of a practically sold out Club Nosturi in Helsinki.

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Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O.

May 24th, 2013

UDO_LOGO

Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O.

Interviewed by Celtic Bob

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U.D.O.: Live In Sofia DVD released / Anniversary Editions of classic albums coming soon!

November 15th, 2012

U.D.O. “Live In Sofia” is now available in Europe and the USA. It includes a concert of the band in Bulgaria’s capitol, wrapped into DVD/2-CD and BluRay/2-CD packages. A second teaser can be found here.
And there’s another reason for all U.D.O. fans to celebrate:
finally the band’s extensive back catalogue will be made available again – in special “anniversary editions”. This series will start with „Solid“, „Man And Machine“, No Limits“ and „Holy“ (all albums incl. bonus tracks) on December 7th. In early 2013 more U.D.O. classics will follow.

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AFM June 19th North American Releases: U.D.O, AT VANCE, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET

May 23rd, 2012

AFM Records will unveil a variety of new releases on North American soil this June 19th, including a massive 2xCD collection of rare tracks from the almighty German metal force U.D.O., the mammoth ninth studio full-length from German neoclassical metallers AT VANCE, and the sophomore album from Swedish Goth-metal outfit THE MURDER OF MY SWEET.

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U.D.O.

Celebrator: Rare Tracks

 

After 25 years in existence, having toured across the planet and an incredibly vast release catalog including a massive thirteen full-length studio albums, the time has come to unleash a collection of some of the finest and rarest tracks in the storied lineage of German heavy metal heroes U.D.O.!

 

Set for North American release on June 19th, the massive 2xCD Celebrator: Rare Tracks collection bears 25 U.D.O. anthems, accumulating an array of bonus tracks, alternate versions of classic songs, previously unreleased material, guest appearances, cover tracks and much more. The cover artwork was created by Dirk Hüttner (CappOVision) and the album’s layout features tons of rare, private and never before seen pictures of the band with personal foreword from ex-Accept frontman and U.D.O. mastermind Udo Dirkschneider himself.

 

See the cover art, an official trailer for the 2xCD set and more HERE.

 

Celebrator: Rare Tracks Track Listing:

Disc 1

1. Stormbreaker (Rev-Raptor Japan Bonus)

2. Tallyman (Taken from the Rev-Raptor recording session)

3. Run! (Remix)

4. Free Or Rebellion (Bonus Leatherhead Single)

5. Bleeding Heart (Dominator Japan Bonus)

6. The Silencer (Taken from the Dominator recording session)

7. Bodyworld (Bonus Infected Single)

8. Systematic Madness (Bonus Infected Single)

9. Head Over Heels (Hammerall feat. Udo Dirkschneider)

10. Balls To The Wall (Piano Version)

11. Artificialized (Taken from the Mastercutor recording session)

12. They Only Come Out At Night (Lordi feat. Udo Dirkschneider)

13. Streets Of Sin (Bonus Wrong Side Of Midnight Single)

Disc 2

1. Tears Of A Clown (Classical Version)

2. Man A King Ruler (Mastercutor Japan Bonus)

3. Hardcore Lover (Remix from 24/7 – Single)

4. Scream Killers (Bonus 24/7 Single)

5. Platchet Soldat (Remix featuring Faktor2)

6. Borderline (Thunderball Japan Bonus)

7. Dancing With An Angel (Remix featuring Doro)

8. X-T-C (Remix from A Tribute To ACCEPT Vol. 2)

9. Azrael (Remix from No Limits)

10. The Key (Remix from No Limits Japan Bonus)

11. Metal Gods (from “A Tribute To Judas Priest”)

12. Born to be Wild (Raven featuring Udo Dirkschneider)

 

 

AT VANCE

Facing Your Enemy

 

It’s clear that AT VANCE, the band led by master guitar magician and composer Olaf Lenk and fronted by the charismatic singer Rick Altzi, has once again gone beyond its calling and produced an extremely strong masterstroke with their new record, Facing Your Enemy.

 

Set for North American release on June 19th, the ninth studio full-length from Germany’s neoclassical power metal masters AT VANCE, Facing Your Enemy boasts fifty minutes of some of the band’s finest material to date, soaring with epic songs and an professional recording fans have come to expect, all recorded and produced in the band’s own studio. The recording lineup for the album includes Casey Grill of Kamelot on drums, and is visually captured with cover art from Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Edguy, etc.).

 

See the cover art, an official video for the album’s title track and more HERE.

 

Facing Your Enemy Track Listing:

1. Heaven Is Calling

2. Facing Your Enemy

3. Eyes Of A Stranger

4. Fear No Evil

5. Live & Learn

6. Don’t Dream

7. See Me Crying

8. Saviour

9. Tokyo

10. March Of The Dwarf

11. Fame And Fortune

12. Things I Never Needed

 

 

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET

Bye Bye Lullaby

 

Since the release of their debut album Divanity in January 2010, and the single that pre-ceded it in 2009 (“Bleed Me Dry” – which reached No. 14 in the Swedish National Singles Charts), female-fronted rock/metal band THE MURDER OF MY SWEET have become amongst the biggest hopes on the European scene. Their individual, easily recognizable and high value sound, has touched the lives of many fans and with its mix of modern, groovy, hard rock, beautiful melodies, and progressive, cinematic flair. The band, led by singer Angelica Rylin, has secured a remarkable fanbase already, far from the shores of Stockholm, where the band was formed in 2007; the name inspired by the 1944 ‘film-noir’ “Murder, My Sweet”.

 

The sophomore album from THE MURDER OF MY SWEET was produced in their own Sound vs. Science Studio and mastered at the Cutting Room (Gorgoroth, Candlemass, Glenn Hughes), and features guest appearances by Jesper Strömblad (In Flames), Peter Wichers (Soilwork) & Fredrik Åkesson (Opeth). The cover art was created by Felipe Machado (Rhapsody Of Fire, Blind Guardian, Iron Savior etc.), and one track from the album was featured on the soundtrack of the movie “The Ice Dragon”, which was featured at the Berlin Film Festival.

 

Check out a lyric video for the band’s track “Black September” and more HERE.

 

Bye Bye Lullaby Track Listing:

1. Armageddon

2. Fallen

3. Unbreakable

4. I Dare You

5. Violently Peaceful

6. Meant To Last Forever

7. Idolize

8. Kind Of Lousy

9. The One

10. Resurrection

11. Waiting For The 27th (Booh Prologue)

12. Black September

13. Phantom Pain

 

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U.D.O.: exklusive „Celebrator“ pre-listening!

April 12th, 2012

On May 4th, U.D.O. will release a collection of unreleased and rare tracks, entitled „Celebrator“. The 2-CD (digipak ) will include 25 songs, a perfect fit with the band’s 25th anniversary!

On the website of Metal Hammer Germany you find 6 songs snippets for pre-listening.

 

U.D.O. - Celebrator

U.D.O. - Celebrator

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