U.D.O. – Steelfactory (August 31, 2018)

U.D.O. – Steelfactory (August 31, 2018)

After more than 40 years in the business and with a renowned breakthrough in the early 80’s with Accept behind him, as well as several million records sold worldwide, Udo Dirkschneider from Solingen/Wuppertal, Germany, is one of the biggest rock legends in the business.U.D.O. has enjoyed well over two decades in the spotlight. Regardless of changes in the metal scene or the U.D.O line-up, the band has never deviated from Dirkschneider’s vision of serving up traditional…

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DIRKSCHNEIDER Back To The Roots Tour Toronto (Photo Gallery by Brian Ronald)

DIRKSCHNEIDER Back To The Roots Tour Toronto (Photo Gallery by Brian Ronald)

DIRKSCHNEIDER rolled into Toronto’s Mod Club on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, with the Back To The Roots – Part II Tour. Already a contender for best show of the year, Dirkschneider and company delivered another excellent night of headbanging. Armed with his trusty camera, Decibel Geek‘s Brian Ronald was on hand for these captures of all the action on stage. So, enjoy the photos and be sure to catch this show as it rolls through…

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Gazing into the CRYSTAL BALL (Interview)

Gazing into the CRYSTAL BALL (Interview)

After my recent review of the new Crystal Ball CD Déjà-Voodoo and last year’s review of Liferider, I was able to set up an email interview with the band through Massacre Records. Crystal Ball started back in 1999 with their first release and now 9 albums later they answer some questions for Decibel Geek. Original members Scott Leach – guitar and Marcel Sardella – drums with Steven Mageney – vocals, Cris Stone – bass and…

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Dirkschneider (Sweden Rock 2016 Spotlight)

Dirkschneider (Sweden Rock 2016 Spotlight)

Udo Dirkschneider, the legendary former vocalist for German Heavy Metal band Accept is taking to the tour road once again. This time under the moniker of Dirkschneider. Why under his surname Dirkschneider? Well, this is a different tour. It is a final tour. While not Udo‘s last I hope, it will be the last time that the iconic gravelly voiced vocalist will perform material from his former band, Accept. While I love the Accept material…

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Udo Announces US/Canada Tour Dates

Udo Announces US/Canada Tour Dates

Decibel Geek staff Rich “The Meister” Dillon, Shawn “Animalize” Irwin and Mikael “Lionsheart” Svensson will be getting the chance to see Udo Dirkshneider perform a set of classic Accept songs under the name DIRKSCHNEIDER at Sweden Rock Festival next week. Announced yesterday are the North American Tour dates for DIRKSCHNEIDER in this post from Blabbermouth. (From Blabbermouth) Former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. singer Udo Dirkschneider will embark on a North American tour in January 2017 during…

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U.D.O. Navy Metal Night: A Review

U.D.O. Navy Metal Night: A Review

Navy Metal Night marks the second release by U.D.O. this year, the first was the studio release Decadent in January (reviewed here: U.D.O. Gets Decadent). This being a live album, I make the disclaimer that I am not usually a big fan of live albums. Aside from KISS‘ Alive or UFO‘s Strangers in the Night, I rarely get the same energy from the live recording as I do actually being at the show. That said, a live album will…

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U.D.O.-Navy Metal Night (2CD/DVD) (August 21, 2015)

U.D.O.-Navy Metal Night (2CD/DVD) (August 21, 2015)

In February 2014, U.D.O. played a very special sold-out show, accompanied by a German Navy Orchestra (Marinemusikkorps Nordsee). The symphonic sound of the orchestra and the choir merged with the songs of U.D.O. and made the evening a unique unforgettable experience for the audience. This bombastic live event will now be made available for all fans of U.D.O. on DVD or Blu-Ray plus 2 CD’s. “I was simply overwhelmed by the whole event, it’s like a…

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U.D.O.-Decadent

U.D.O.-Decadent

U.D.O. – Decadent – February 3, 2015 Former Accept frontman Udo Dirschneider has prepared Decadent for release in January 2015, February in North American markets.  Decadent, like it’s predecessor 2013’s Steelhammer, was produced by Udo and Mattes Pfeiffer in collaboration with bassist Fitty Weinhold.  Dirkschneider originally parted ways with Accept in 1987 and with twelve new songs filling the record, the 15th U.D.O. release, Decadent comes on the heels of 2014’s live album/DVD Steelhammer-Live From…

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U.D.O. Gets Decadent: A Review of The Forthcoming U.D.O. Album

U.D.O. Gets Decadent: A Review of The Forthcoming U.D.O. Album

German gravelly vocal-ed power metal superstar Udo Dirkschneider is still going strong, celebrating his 40th year in the business.  In the past couple of years, the staturally challenged front man has issued two double CD live albums, a double CD of rare recordings and his 14th top rated studio effort, Steelhammer.  The latest U.D.O. creation is entitled Decadent and set for a North American release date of February 3, 2015. 62-year-old, Udo Dirkschneider, departed German…

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Meister at Sweden Rock 2014: Day #3

Meister at Sweden Rock 2014: Day #3

You Wanted the Sun, You Got the Sun! This morning I awoke drenched in sweat as the bright sun pounded down on my tent……this is much better than the damp, cold, rainy overcast skies of the past couple of days!  After freshening up in the shower trailer (not as fun as it sounds, trust me!), I headed out for a long day of rock with many acts on my “hit list” for today.  Once in…

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