Posts Tagged ‘U.D.O.’
Tags: Accept, AFM records, Andrey Smirnov, ANVIL, Back To The Roots European Tour, BALLS TO THE WALL, dirkschneider, Fitty Wienhold, Kasperi Heikkinen, Kulturbolaget, Malmoe, METAL HEART, Rampart, RESTLESS AND WILD, Sven Dirkschneider, Sweden, U.D.O., Udo Dirkschneider
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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.
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.
Badass Rock ‘n’ Roll
Free as the Wind
Die For a Lie
Metal on Metal
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.
Living for Tonite
Flash Rockin’ Man
Head Over Heels
Princess of the Dawn
Restless and Wild
Son of a Bitch
Up to the Limit
Screaming for a Love-BiteWrong Is Right
Losers and Winners
I’m a Rebel
Fast as a Shark
Balls to the Wall
MORE PICTURES FROM HELSINKI SHOW
U.D.O. with support Sister Sin and Garagedays on Decadent European Tour 2015 Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden
Decadent European Tour 2015
Sister Sin – special guest
Garagedays – support act
Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
26/4 – 2015
Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Tags: AFM records, Andrey Smirnov, Dave Sundberg, DECADENT, Decadent European Tour 2015, Garagedays, Kasperi Heikkinen, KB, Kulturbolaget, Liv Jagrell, SISTER SIN, Sven Dirkschneider, U.D.O., Udo Dirkschneider
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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.
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 »
Tags: Accept, ADRENALINE RUSH, AOR Heaven, CRYSTALIZED, David Reece, Dennis Ward, GerMusica, Harry Hess, Martin Mannhardt, Mathias Dieth, pink cream 69, Robert Soeterboek, U.D.O., Wicked Sensation
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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
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.
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 »
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).
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
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
1 No Limits
2 Mean Machine
3 Burning Heat
4 Metal Machine
5 Devil’s Bite
6 Go Back to Hell
9 Metal Heart
DVD / BLU-RAY
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
10 Stay True
11 In the Darkness
13 No Limits
14 Mean Machine
15 Burning Heat
16 Metal Machine
17 Devil’s Bite
18 Go Back to Hell
21 Metal Heart
Behind The Scenes
Russia Travel Documentation
Trainride in Russia
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!”
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.
Udo Dirkschneider of U.D.O.
Interviewed by Celtic Bob
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.
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.
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:
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)
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)
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
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:
4. I Dare You
5. Violently Peaceful
6. Meant To Last Forever
8. Kind Of Lousy
9. The One
11. Waiting For The 27th (Booh Prologue)
12. Black September
13. Phantom Pain
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.
2012 is a special year for Udo Dirkschneider and his band U.D.O.: at first they will release „Celebrator“ on may 4th, a compilation that includes 25 unreleased and rare tracks – right in time for the band’s 25th anniversary!
12. RAVEN feat. Udo Dirkschneider – Born To Be Wild