It’s been three years since U.D.O.’s last studio release, Decadent. After honoring the classic Accept songs live with his other project Dirkschneider in a previous 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.
For U.D.O. fans, you won’t be disappointed with Steelfactory. With his son Sven on drums, it’s like the perfect metal family for this 66-year-old rocker. The first single off Steelfactory is One Heart, One Soul, is a fist-pumping Accept‘ish type of anthem.
The songs on Steelfactory are influenced by the past Dirkschneider shows – the pure 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 homage to both Udo’s nickname (German Metal Tank) and his down to earth attitude as well as his commanding 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.
U.D.O fans won’t be disappointed. 8.5/10 Rating.