U.D.O Overview

U.D.O. is a German heavy metal Heavy metal music band founded by lead singer Udo Dirkschneider in 1987.



After Udo Dirkschneider left Accept in 1987, a large fan community followed him to U.D.O.

Starting with the first albums Animal House Animal House (U.D.O. album) in 1987 and Mean Machine Mean Machine (U.D.O. album) in 1988 U.D.O. proved to be pure heavy metal without any Trend-Sound influences. Both albums continued where Accept had left off in 1986 with Russian Roulette. Animal House was played in by Peter Szigeti (guitars), Frank Rittel from Warlock Warlock (band) (bass), Mathias Dieth from Sinner Sinner (band) (guitars), Thomas Franke (drums) and Udo Dirkschneider (vocals).

When Mean Machine was released in 1988 U.D.O. had a totally different look. Of the line-up which had played on Animal House, only Udo and lead guitarist Mathias Dieth remained. New additions were Andy Susemihl (guitar), Thomas Smuszynski (bass) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums).

U.D.O. achieved success with the album Faceless World, produced by ex-Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann Stefan Kaufmann (musician) .

U.D.O.'s follow-up album was Timebomb Timebomb (album) . It was their last for the next five years.


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From 1992 until 1996 Accept performed in a highly watched over reunion, and Dirkschneider put U.D.O. on hiatus to record three albums together with his old Accept colleagues. After another Accept break up, Dirkschneider returned his focus to U.D.O. For this Udo Dirkschneider called Stefan Kaufmann (guitar), Jürgen Graf (guitars), Fitty Wienhold (bass) und Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) to him. Udo Dirkschneider and Stefan Kaufmann then went, together with the new line-up, "back to where we started" and with that to recording on the Tribute to Judas Priest. On this compilation of Judas Priest cover songs U.D.O. performed the track "Metal Gods".

1997 saw the band return from hiatus with Solid Solid (album) , the first full-length U.D.O. album to feature the guitarwork of Stefan Kaufmann. The album served as a sonic blueprint for future U.D.O. recordings. Solid was placed on the Rock Hard magazine reader charts for more than a year after its release.

Solid was followed by No Limits No Limits (U.D.O. album) in 1998, and featured a similar songwriting approach as the previous year's effort. The album also featured U.D.O.'s first returning lineup since the band's inception ten years prior. The album also featured a cover of the Austrian pop band Supermax Supermax (band) 's hit single "Love Machine".

With the release of Holy Holy (U.D.O. album) the band returned to a downpace, guitar-driven sound similar to Balls to the Wall-era Accept. The reaction of fans and journalists left no doubt that this was the right step. A world tour followed, one which saw the last U.D.O. dates in the United States and several other major countries ever since. There were also lineup changes during the second part of the 1999 tour. Igor Gianola, former guitar player of the Swiss band Gotthard Gotthard (band) , replaced Jürgen Graf. When the No Limits tour concluded, Stefan Schwarzmann quit the band, and on the Holy tour (2000) Lorenzo Milani took his place behind the drum kit. The tour also spawned U.D.O.'s first live album, Live from Russia a two-disc affair which featured many of the classic Accept tunes (with the notable exception of "Balls to the Wall") that have since become staples of U.D.O.'s set.

2002's Man and Machine Man and Machine (album) continued in this vein, but received a somewhat lukewarm response. Despite standout songs like the title track and "Private Eye", the album was ultimately less successful than its predecessor. It is notable for spawning a promo video of "Dancing With An Angel", a song which features a duet between Udo and Doro Pesch Doro (musician) (of Warlock Warlock (band) ).

The next two studio releases – 2004's Thunderball Thunderball (U.D.O. album) and 2005's Mission No. X – were slightly livelier affairs, although the band's touring at this time became largely relegated to Germany, South America, and slavic Europe. Sonically, the former shared much in common with Timebomb Timebomb (album) , while the latter seemed to follow in the vein of No Limits No Limits (U.D.O. album) .

It was with 2007's Mastercutor, however, that U.D.O. truly returned to form. The album was the most financially successful in years, and received almost universally high marks from musical critics and metal fans alike. Udo's appearance a year earlier on Finnish metal band Lordi's album, The Arockalypse, exposed U.D.O. to an even wider audience. The live DVD Mastercutor Alive was released in 2008.

U.D.O.'s twelfth studio album, Dominator Dominator (U.D.O. album) , was released on August 21, 2009.

U.D.O.'s thirteenth studio album, Rev Raptor Rev Raptor (U.D.O. album) , is set to be released on January 14th, 2011.
Studio albums

* Animal House Animal House (U.D.O. album) (1987)
* Mean Machine Mean Machine (U.D.O. album) (1988)
* Faceless World (1990)
* Timebomb Timebomb (album) (1991)
* Solid Solid (album) (1997)
* No Limits No Limits (U.D.O. album) (1998)
* Holy Holy (U.D.O. album) (1999)
* Man and Machine Man and Machine (album) (2002)
* Thunderball Thunderball (U.D.O. album) (2004)
* Mission No. X (2005)
* Mastercutor (2007)
* Dominator Dominator (U.D.O. album) (2009)
* Rev Raptor Rev Raptor (U.D.O. album) (2011) (Planned release date is January 14th, 2011)

Live albums

* Live from Russia (2001)
* Nailed to Metal – The Missing Tracks (2003)
* Mastercutor Alive (2008)

Compilation albums

* Best Of (1999)
* Metallized (2007)


* They Want War (1988)
* Heart of Gold (1990)
* Faceless World (1990)
* Two Faced Woman (1997)
* Independence Day (1997)
* Lovemachine (1998)
* Dancing With An Angel (2002)
* 24/7 24/7 (EP) EP Extended play (2005)
* The Wrong Side of Midnight The Wrong Side of Midnight (EP) EP Extended play (2007)
* Infected EP Extended play (2009)


* Nailed to Metal – The Complete History (2003)
* Thundervision (2004)
* Mastercutor Alive (2008)
Current members

* Udo Dirkschneider – vocals Singer (1987–present)
* Stefan Kaufmann Stefan Kaufmann (musician) – guitar (1996–present)
* Igor Gianola – guitar (1999–present)
* Fitty Wienhold – bass Bass guitar (1997–present)
* Francesco Jovino – drums Drum kit (2004–present)

Former members

* Wolla Bohm – guitar (1990)
* Andy Susemihl – guitar (1987–1990, 1991)
* Frank Fricke – guitar (1991–1992)
* Jurgen Graf – guitar (1997–1999)
* Jorg Fisher - guitar (1997) uncredited on A Tribute to Judas Priest: Legends of Metal
* Thomas Smuszynski – bass (1989–1991)
* Dieter Rubach – bass (1987–1989)
* Stefan Schwarzmann – drums (1988–1991,1996-1999)
* Lorenzo Milani – drums (2000–2004)

Original line-up

* Udo Dirkschneider – vocals
* Peter Szigeti – guitar (1987)
* Mathias Dieth – guitar (1987–1991,1997)
* Frank Rittel – bass (1987)
* Thomas Franke – drums (1987–1989)


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