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UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER – Announces Plans For A Special Tour Performing (Only UDO Era) ACCEPT Songs In 2016

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on August 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the U.D.O. (Official) Facebook timeline:

Farewell To Accept: Metal Icon, Udo Dirkschneider is planning a special tour in which he will perform Accept songs one last time before he closes the chapter for good. Wacken – At a press conference in the VIP tent of Wacken Open Air, legendary metal singer, Udo Dirkschneider dropped some bombshell news on all those in attendance: the 62-year-old cult musician announced his definitive farewell to the Accept song library. On a special tour beginning in 2016, he will perform songs by Accept one last time before he retires them for good. It will be a night of epic proportions.

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During this Accept farewell tour, he will only showcase songs from the Udo era of the band. The German rock staple will close a huge chapter of music history forever. In the early 80´s, the Solingen-raised singer skyrocketed to worldwide acclaim with the band Accept and with his unmistakeable voice. He had several hits such as Balls To The Wall and Princess of the Dawn. Now he has announced that he will perform these much-loved hits on this special tour one more time before he removes them from the set list forever.

“I still love singing these songs live,“ Dirkschneider says. “The songs still are an important part of my catalog and still suit my voice very well. But at some point in your life, it´s just time to close the chapter. There has been so much talk and speculation about Accept, so I just want to give my last definitive musical statement about it and give my fans a chance to see me perform a complete concert of these songs one last time on stage.“

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After this tour, Udo will only play songs from his extensive library of U.D.O. material. After being kicked out of Accept in the late 80´s, he garnered many classic hits with his new band in a long and successful career, such as Animal House, Timebomb, and Man and Machine. “There is enough high quality material to fill a two-hour set with no problem,“ says Dirkschneider. “U.D.O. has been the band where I belong for 18 years and I want to pay tribute to them from now on.“

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The musician will NOT perform this farewell tour under the name U.D.O. but simply as Dirkschneider.

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For more info:

U.D.O. (official)

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER.

LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE ACCEPT.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. “Navy Metal Night” – Set For Release On August 21st In USA, via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on August 1, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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U.D.O. (official) “Navy Metal Night” (available as DVD/2CD & BluRay/2CD) is OUT NOW in Europe!

U.S. release date is set for August 21st, 2015, via AFM Records.

Get it here: http://shop.afm-records.de/index.php…

Hail U.D.O.!

“Navy Metal Night” – Tracklisting:
Blu-ray / DVD:
01 Das Boot
02 Future Land
03 Independence Day
04 Animal Instinct
05 The Hall Of The Mountain King
06 Heart Of Gold
07 Man And Machine
08 Dancing With an Angel (feat. Doro Pesch)
09 Faceless World
10 Ride
11 Days Of Hope And Glory
12 Cut Me Out
13 Trainride in Russia (Poezd Po Rossii)
14 Stillness Of Time
15 King Of Mean
16 Book Of Faith
17 Animal House

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CD 1:
01 Intro (Das Boot)
02 Das Boot
03 Future Land
04 Independence Day
05 Animal Instinct
06 The Hall Of The Mountain King
07 Heart Of Gold
08 Man And Machine
09 Dancing With An Angel (feat. Doro Pesch)
10 Faceless World

CD 2:
11 Ride
12 Days Of Hope And Glory
13 Cut Me Out
14 Trainride In Russia (Poezd Po Rossii)
15 Stillness Of Time
16 King Of Mean
17 Book Of Faith
18 Animal House

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Source:

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http://www.afm-records.de/

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. “Decadent” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!

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On February 3rd, Decadent, the fifteenth studio album from Germany’s legendary U.D.O. was released, via AFM Records. I’ll readily admit that this is one of the finest U.D.O. albums ever, with what I consider a whole lot more melodic interplay going on between the guitars and rhythm section. My favorite song on Decadent is Mystery and it’s a melodic Heavy Metal classic already, in my Metal world. This entire Decadent album sounds classic to me and makes for a formidable follow-up to 2013’s Steelhammer studio album.

Drummer Franceso Jovino is an awesome presence on Decadent and has since parted ways with the band. Udo Dirkschneider’s son and band drum tech, Sven Dirkschneider, has since been hired on as the new drummer.

As with AC/DC and Motörhead, fans of U.D.O. are gonna know what they’ll get from this band. With that said, there is a more open spaced vibe about Decadent than previous U.D.O. albums; where the songs sound as if they’ve been crafted for a more widespread consumption of Heavy Metal fans. No worries, this new U.D.O. album is no commercial ticket to Hollywood’s good old boys club. The big guitar sounds on this album are equivalent to an endless bottle of psyche-you-out elixir!

Below. check out the fabulous song Pain:

There’s more rhythm than crunch on Decadent and the great Udo Dirkschneider sings with an enthusiasm that I noticed quickly from the start; this is not a Heavy Metal legend that is forcing his vocals for the sake of making the record. Udo sings as if he is prepared for a world-wide arena tour and his band shall take a back seat to no one. Honestly, this Decadent album plays out that fantastic. It only takes a couple of thorough listens to Decadent for me to realize that Udo Dirkschneider is not interested in resting on any Metal laurels. I respect that to the fullest!

Throw in the fact that all twelve songs are worthy of their own music video and I do declare this being an album of SONGS. Decadent is a grand example of how a Heavy Metal band should leave all the artificial flavors and fillers behind and focus on composition and lyrics. The title track, PainSecrets In ParadiseUnder Your Skin and Untouchable are five other standout songs that really soar for my Metal soul. Very well done, once again, U.D.O.! Metal be thy name – Stone.

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U.D.O.

Udo Dirkschneider – vocals

Andrey Smirnov – guitar

Kasperi Heikkinen – guitar

Fitty Wienhold – bass

Sven Dirkschneider – drums

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* For more info on U.D.O.

Facebook: U.D.O. (official)

Website: http://www.udo-online.de/

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. – Welcomes Harrison Young As New Touring Keyboardist

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on March 2, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the U.D.O. Facebook page:

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 fix 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.

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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, www.harrisonyoungmusic.com.

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.

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The spectacular new U.D.O. studio album, Decadent, is available now! Decadent was released via AFM Records, back on February 3rd, in North America.

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* For more info on U.D.O.

Facebook: U.D.O. (official)

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE HARRISON YOUNG.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. “Decadent” – Album Cover Artwork, Release Dates Revealed!

Posted in Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Above is the cover artwork of the forthcoming U.D.O. album Decadent. Metal be thy name!

Release dates are: Europe on January 23rd, USA on February 3rd of 2015, via AFM Records.

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Website: http://www.afm-records.de/

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. “Steelhammer – Live From Moscow” – Releasing On May 23rd, Via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on March 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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From AFM Records:

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 successful 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).

Track Listing:

01 Intro

02 Steelhammer

03 King Of Mean

04 Future Land

05 Cry Of A Nation

06 Trip To Nowhere

07 They Want War

08 Never Cross My Way

09 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

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U.D.O.:

Udo Dirkschneider – vocals

Andrey Smirnov – guitar

Kasperi Heikkinen – guitar

Fitty Wienhold – bass

Francesco Jovino – drums

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* For more info on U.D.O.:

Website: http://www.udo-online.de

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Website: http://www.afm-records.de

AFM Records Shop: http://shop.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

U.D.O. “STEELHAMMER” – Hammers Through With The Heavy Metal Charge!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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4.5 Metal Fists Out Of 5!

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STEELHAMMER marks the 14th studio album from Germany’s undisputed Heavy Metal champions: U.D.O.. Led by the constant and legendary frontman Udo Dirkschneider, U.D.O. has seized the Metal moment in 2013! Steelhammer sounds just like it’s title! The marketing sticker on the CD jewel case states “Heavy Metal Album Of The Year” and that’s not a bunch of hot air by any stretch. I find Steelhammer to stand up valiantly, amongst the best Metal albums of 2013, myself.

What makes Steelhammer pound and pummel so well is the classic age of Heavy Metal sound that these songs are all wrapped up in. U.D.O.’s guitarists (Andrey SmirnovKasperi Heikkinen) have their names written all over the superior Heavy Metal sound that explodes from Steelhammer! Udo’s vocals are so excellent that it’s scary. Long live Udo Dirkschneider!

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Udo’s clean vocals are spotlighted (hugely) with Heavy Rain. A ballad on this U.D.O. album does put the brakes on the Heavy Metal tidal wave that carried me through tracks 1 through 4, nonetheless, it is fun hearing Udo sound so much more calm as a vocalist. After all these grand Metal years and catalog of albums that Udo Dirkschneider has given the Metal community, his ballad is given a horns up from this middle-aged hell rat. Book Of Faith is both a symphonic and diverse way to close out Steelhammer; reminding me that Heavy Metal isn’t always about the riff or blast beat.

Old School Metalheads, U.D.O. and Accept fans just have to salivate over Steelhammer! Younger fans of Metal need to buy Steelhammer and hear a tried and true legend sing Heavy Metal… the Udo way. This entire U.D.O. lineup kicks ass, pure and simple. “Heavy Metal Album Of The Year”? With Steelhammer’s Heavy Metal being this memorable to me, I’m sure it has a credible shot.

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Udo Dirkschneider – vocals

Andrey Smirnov – guitar

Kasperi Heikkinen – guitar

Fitty Wienhold – bass

Francesco Jovino – drums

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Steelhammer was released in North America, back on May 21st, 2013, via AFM Records.

* For More Info On U.D.O.

Facebook: U.D.O. (official)

http://www.udo-online.de

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

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