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!”
“Steelhammer” – that’s the name of the upcoming new album of legendary German Metal band U.D.O..
On May 24th (USA: May 21st) „Steelhammer“ will be released as CD, ltd. Digipak. ltd. 2-Vinyl and ltd. Fan Package.
A first album teaser is available here:
Udo Dirkschneider comments on the cover artwork:
“Our new album is a real battering ram,” Udo says. “That’s why we have chosen this cover. It really shows best that U.D.O. is pure heavy metal! U.D.O. is back!”
„Steelhammer“ was produced by Udo Dirkschneider and Fitty Wienhold.
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.
On November 9th, the new live documents of German’s Metal icon#1, Udo Dirkschneider, and his band will be released. “Live In Sofia” also marks the end of an era somehow, as the stable U.D.O. lineup that performed together for many years will be shown for a last time. As it became public that guitarist Stefan Kaufmann will be no longer available for the band due to health reasons, “Live In Sofia” will be the last U.D.O. DVD with Stefan.
U.D.O.’s 2nd leg of the European tour, promoting their latest album “Rev-Raptor”,was set to kick off in Gydnia (Poland) on the 21st of September and will go until the end of December. Sadly the first two shows in Poland (Gdynia and Warsaw) were cancelled due to local logistical problems with the promoter. The show on November 30th in As (Belgium) has been mislaid to Kerkrade’s “Rock Temple” in the Netherlands. There is only a 50 kilometer distance between both cities. Sadly the tickets from As are NOT valid in Kerkrade because the promoter is not the same in both cities!
Here are the show details again: 2011-11-30 NL-Kerkrade – Rock Temple
The bands Sister Sin, Sevenfield, .Damaged, Sister, Maxxwell and Shakra will be acting as openning bands in different cities. U.D.O. is also one of the first bands to be confirmed for next year’s Wacken Open Air. For full dates, tickets and moer information go to www.udo-online.de
Former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider recently recorded a Christmas song for the biggest European music and merchandise mailorder company EMP. Laid down at DocMaKlang studio in Osnabrück, Germany, the track “Jingle Balls” was written by various staff members of EMP and is a new interpretation of the Christmas song “Jingle Bells” and the ACCEPT anthem “Balls To The Wall”.
“Jingle Balls” has now been released under the band name EVIL DISPOSITION and is available from Musicload and Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals).
U.D.O. will partner with EMP for a special promotion surrounding the release of the band’s next album, “Rev-Raptor”, which is tentatively due in May 2011. This special collaboration will consist of a countdown on EMP’s web site an entire week before the CD’s release, including a message from Udo and advance snippets of each of the songs from the new album.
The release date of “Rev-Raptor” was pushed back by a few months as a result of back problems experienced by guitarist Stefan Kaufmann, the same issue that forced him to quit playing drums for ACCEPT back in the day. Stefan recently received medical treatment for this condition and had recovered enough to have played with the band on November 6 at the Rock Antenne festival at Schwabenhalle in Augsburg.
As previously reported, 17 new songs were written for “Rev-Raptor”, with 11 of them set to appear on the final product.
U.D.O.’s last album, “Dominator”, entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 27. This marked the highest German chart entry in U.D.O.’s history.
Udo Dirkscheider’s band U.D.O. recently released a brand new studio album ”Mission X” which, as the name says, is their tenth studio album to date. Last summer he also did a kind of re -union tour with his old bandmates Accept and together they did a series of succesfull gigs along with headlining huge festivals like Wacken, Swedenrock, Gods Of Metal and Tuska. While Udo is waiting a new U.D.O. tour to start in January he’s working on several other projects like the one he already did with Russian pop band Factor 2 and now another one with Finnish monster band Lordi. I met Udo when he flew to Finland in early November to do vocals for the Lordi album and we talked about all these things. At the end of our discussion the main monster Lordi himself showed up and we talked some more about their collaboration as well as some other interesting topics …
Udo Dirkschneider is a living legend. He?s one of the founding members of Accept which is one of the most important bands in heavy metal history. Together they released series of classic albums like Balls To The Wall, Restless And Wild and Metal Heart which sold millions of copies worldwide. After he left Accept in the late eighties, Udo started a new band which was simply called U.D.O. They released four very successful albums before Udo decided to reunite with Accept but just a few years later Accept break up again and it was time to regroup U.D.O in 1997. Now the voice of Accept has once again returned with his brand new album called Thunderball and I was lucky enough to talk with master himself before their show in Finland in October 2004.