U.D.O.’s new album Steelhammer is the most successful in the band’s history, and delivers a full dose of first-class Heavy Metal. Metal icon Udo Dirkschneider and his band also have another side: the Song “Heavy Rain” is quite unusual for U.D.O. because of its silent tunes and reflective mood. Check it out in the
“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.
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.
At this year’s Wacken Open Air festival, German metal force U.D.O. was celebrating its 25th anniversary with an extensive live show. In addition vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (who became 60 years young this April) was honored with a “lifetime achievement award” by his label AFM Records, paying tribute to the man’s outstanding career, which, we all know, started with Dirkschneider founding and fronting Accept, the band he led to international stardom. Dirkschneider became one of the most popular and respected voices in metal ever, having a massive effect on following generations of musicians.
But the journey of the Solingen-born man and his band has not come to an end yet – his mission not accomplished at all! Quite the contrary: U.D.O.’s latest studio album “Rev-Raptor” (2011) and the tour played in support of this release, became the most successful ones in their history.
So U.D.O. and AFM Records extended their long-term deal and look forward to continue on the path of recent years’ success.
On September 28th already the new DVD “Live In Sofia” will be released, which was filmed on the “Rev-Raptor” tour. This concert film will also be available in BluRay format. Both the DVD & BluRay will be accompanied by 2 CDs that includes the full concert as well.
Power metal band EMPIRES OF EDEN has announced the release of the third album “Channelling The Infinite” from global recording project EMPIRES OF EDEN. Japanese release date of June 1 through Rubicon Music, rest of the world June 6 via Music Buy Mail.
1. Cry Out (feat. Rob Rock)
2. Hammer down (feat. UDO)
3. This Time (feat. Steve Grimmett)
4. Channelling the Infinite (feat. Sean Peck)
5. Lions For Lambs (feat. Alessandro Del Vecchio)
6. Cyborg (feat. Carlos Zema)
7. World on Fire (feat. Louie Gorgievksi)
8. Your eyes (feat. Mike Dimeo)
9. Born a king (feat. Danny Cecati)
10. As flames scorch the ground (feat. Vo Simpson)
11. White wings (feat. Ronny Munroe)
12. Hammer down All star version * (feat. UDO, Rob Rock, Sean Peck,Carlos Zema, Vo Simpson, Ronny Munroe)
13. Born a King * (feat. Sean Peck) * Bonus Track
Conceived and orchestrated by Australian shredding maestro Stu Marshall (ex-Dungeon), the album features some of the most influential voices below in metal.
• Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.)
• Rob Rock (Impellitteri, Driver)
• Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart)
• Mike Dimeo (Masterplan / Riot)
• Sean Peck (Cage)
• Carlos Zema (Outworld, Vougan)
• Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church)
• Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge of Forever)
• Danny Cecati (Eyefear, Pegazus)
• Louie Gorgievski (Crimsonfire)
• Vo Simpson.(Darker Half)
Loaded with 13 tracks of brain-blasting power metal, “Channelling The Infinite” features killer production and powerful, hook-laden music that will appeal to any aficionado. Each song is carefully crafted specifically to suit the singer involved, and designed to best complement their range and style. From there, the vocalists have complete freedom to write the lyrics and melodies, providing a unique insight into what truly inspires these artists. Also available as a limited-edition Digipak that includes bonus tracks for each territory. Album cover artwork is done by L.A. based “Alex Ruiz” once again.
Channelling The Infinite – Trailer:
12. RAVEN feat. Udo Dirkschneider – Born To Be Wild
Udo Dirkschneider has recorded a Christmas song for the biggest European music- and merchandise mailorder company EMP in Osnabrueck’s “DocMaKlang” studio. The song “Jingle Balls” was written by staff members of EMP and it is a new interpretation of the Christmas song “Jingle Bells” and the ACCEPT hymn “Balls To The Wall”.
“Jingle Balls” is now available as download single at Musicload and Amazon. The proceeds that are generated by the downloads of the single will be completely donated to PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) by U.D.O. and EMP.
You can download the song for .89 cents at this link.
What a newcomer, what a band! Southern German heavy rockers KISSIN´ DYNAMITE have just released their second album „Addicted To Metal“ (in Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Finland & Japan through EMI). Apart from these territories AFM Records will make the album available worldwide, starting with the release of “Addicted To Metal” in whole Europe on April 26th.
Heavy metal icon Udo Dirkschneider himself appears as guest on the title track. This is a must-have for every lover of fresh, energetic heavy rock/metal!
New songs can be found here: www.myspace.com/kissindynamiterockshe Name Of The Iron Fist”:
You can watch the live video of the new song “In The Name Of The Iron Fist” below.
You can preorder Addicted To Metal at this link.
Former Accept front man, Udo Dirkschneider is back with a brand new 5 song EP, for metal heads to feast their ears on. And if you want to become infected with the metal goodness, you have to act fast as this EP will be limited to 2222 pieces worldwide.
How does this EP sound? Imagine the classic metal of Accept performed today! If you are a fan of classic Accept, you are going to love this. This EP is full of heavy guitars, and awesome screaming vocals that Udo Dirkschneider has been known for. “Infected” works as a great appetizer for U.D.O’s new CD, “Dominator” which is scheduled for an August release.
The two songs “Platchet Soldat” and Poezd Po Rossii” are both in German and sound like they came right out of a German bier hall. Some may frown upon this, but I think it sounds really good. I don’t mind hearing Udo sing in his native language.
My only complaint is that I have wait two more months to hear the new disc. “Infected” will definitely hold me over until then.
For more information on U.D.O., check out the band’s website at this link.
Rating: Out of 1o
02. Systematic Madness
04. Platchet Soldat (Remix)
05. Poezd Po Rossii (live)
Udo Dirkschneider – vocals
Stefan Kaufmann – guitars
Igor Gianola – guitars
Fitty Wienhold – bass
Francesco Jovino – drums
Back in the day when MTV used to play music videos, one video and song that would not get out of my head was “Balls To The Wall” by Accept. This song and video was a staple on the Headbanger’s Ball on MTV, and was a favorite of mine.
I finally got around to replacing my cassette tape with the remastered CD of Accept’s 1984 metal classic, “Balls To the Wall”. The remastered version was released in 2001and as a bonus, a couple of extra live cuts that were recorded in Japan in 1985 were added to the CD.
“Balls To The Wall” may be the song that everyone knows on this disc, but it isn’t the only good song on this CD by any means.
“London Leatherboys” may not be an instant classic, and does sound a little dated in 2008, but I still like it. “Fight It Back” is the type of stadium anthem that will have you throwing your fists in the air, and banging your head instantly.
“Head Over Heels” has a distinct hair metal sound to it, but is pretty good. I think the live version on this disc is even better than the original. I love the guitar solos on this song.
“Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had” is a mid tempo rocker that sounds like it could have been on a Motley Crue album. The 80’s metal influence on Accept is pretty obvious on this song. Listen to the bass rhythm on this song. It is very Nikki Sixx like. As a whole it is a very cool tune.
“Love Child” is another fist pumping, head banger with more excellent guitar work by Frank and Hoffmann.
“Turn Me On” reminds me a lot of mid 80’s Judas Priest. This is a really cool rocking tune that should have gotten more airplay.
Udo Dirkschneider’s vocals are so abrasive on the anthem, “Losers and Winners” it almost sounds like he is going to shred his vocals chords. (Some may say this is how he always sounds.) Either way it works. This is a killer tune.
“Balls To The Wall” is another enjoyable album by Accept. It is their most successful album to date, but I don’t think it is their absolute best. The more I listen to “Balls to the Wall”, the more I think that the over all sound on this record falls somewhere between the Scorpions and Judas Priest. The song writing might be a little suspect on this disc, but Udo’s distinct vocals push it over the top. Most metal heads will like it, and ought to pick it up.
1. Balls To The Wall
2. London Leatherboys
3. Fight It Back
4. Head Over Heels
5. Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had
6. Love Child
7. Turn Me On
8. Losers and Winners
9. Guardian Of The Night
11. Head Over Heels (Live)
12. Love Child (Live)
Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Herman Frank – Guitars
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass
Stefan Kaufmann – Drums