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 balls-to-the-wall, no-nonsense heavy metal.
After honoring the classic ACCEPT songs live with his other project DIRKSCHNEIDER in the last couple of years, it’s definitely about time to release a new U.D.O. studio album. Steelfactory will be out on August 31st 2018 via AFM Records / Soulfood Music.
The songs on Steelfactory are clearly influenced by the past DIRKSCHNEIDER shows - the simple straightness of the anthem-like songs make it a timeless record. With its earthy handmade sound – with the help of danish producer Jacob Hansen (e.g. Volbeat) - Steelfactory catches the spirit of the age perfectly. The album title is a hommage to both Udo’s nickname (German Metal Tank) and his down to earth attitude as well as his
powerful stage presence.
The current (core) band line up is working and playing together successfully for many years, like a good family business: Udo,Udo’s son Sven Dirkschneider (drums), bass player Fitty Wienhold and guitarist Andrey Smirnov.
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Udo Dirkschneider (Vocals)
Andrey Smirnov (Guitars)
Fitty Wienhold (Bass)
Sven Dirkschneider (Drums)
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