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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/

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LONG LIVE METAL.

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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)

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE HARRISON YOUNG.

LONG LIVE METAL.

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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 METAL.

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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.

U.D.O. “METAL MACHINE” – First Single And Music Video From Forthcoming “STEELHAMMER” Studio Album Are Released Today, Via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal bands, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Today, Germany’s AFM Records released the first single and official music video, METAL MACHINE, from the ever legendary U.D.O. and their forthcoming studio album: STEELHAMMER.

Take a listen and look below to METAL MACHINE… a 100% Metal potent offering, from one of Germany’s greatest of Metal bands!

U.D.O. is Heavy Metal personified! Metal be thy name!

BUY THE MP3 FOR METAL MACHINE HERE:

http://afm.musiclogistics.net/releases/52304?lang=en

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STEELHAMMER Release Dates:

May 24th, 2013 (May 21st in USA)

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U.D.O. – STEELHAMMER 

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(Source: AFM Records)

For more info on this forthcoming U.D.O. album release, click on the link below! Whoa!

U.D.O. “STEELHAMMER” – Releases On May 21st In USA, Via AFM Records

The above link is for a post featured on Metal Odyssey, on April 16, 2013.

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Francesco Jovino, Andrey Smirnov, Udo Dirkschneider, Kasperi Heikkinen, Fitty Wienhold

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For more info on U.D.O., click on the links below!

A first album teaser is available here.

http://www.udo-online.de

facebook: U.D.O. (official)

http://www.afm-records.de

http://shop.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE AFM RECORDS.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

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U.D.O. “STEELHAMMER” – Releases On May 21st In USA, Via AFM Records

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on April 16, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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“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.

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Francesco Jovino, Andrey Smirnov, Udo Dirkschneider, Kasperi Heikkinen, Fitty Wienhold

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Here are the editions and track listings of the forthcoming album “Steelhammer”:

Normal CD:

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. Time Keeper

10. Never Cross My Way

11. Take My Medicine

12. Stay True

13. When Love Becomes A Lie

14. Book Of Faith

THE CONTENT OF THE “STEELHAMMER” BOX SET:

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Digi-Pack:

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. Time Keeper

10. Never Cross My Way

11. Take My Medicine

12. Shadows Come Alive (bonus track)

13. Stay True

14. When Love Becomes A Lie

15. Book Of Faith

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Japan Version:

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. Time Keeper

10. Never Cross My Way

11. Take My Medicine

12. Stay True

13. When Love Becomes A Lie

14. Book Of Faith

15. Dust And Rust (bonus track)

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(Sources: AFM Records, U.D.O. Official Website)

For more info on U.D.O., click on the links below!

http://www.udo-online.de

facebook: U.D.O. (official)

http://www.afm-records.de

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LONG LIVE U.D.O.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

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