U.D.O., the German metal band fronted by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to 2007's "Mastercutor", tentatively titled "Dominator". An August 21 release via AFM Records is expected. A limited-edition single, "Infected", will precede the full-length CD on June 26. The single will include the title track, two non-album cuts and two live songs. On the same day U.D.O. will play at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany as a co-headliner. A listening/signing session will also take place at the festival.
U.D.O. tour dates:
May 22 - D - Kreuth/Tannenhausen - Wacken Rocks
May 23 - D - Kreuth/Tannenhausen - Wacken Rocks
Jun. 11 - E - Toledo - Monsters Of Rock 1984 Reloaded
Jun. 13 - D - Mainz - Messegelaende (with DER W.)
Jun. 19 - CH - Zell - Open Quer
Jun. 20 - CZ - Letohrad - Festival
Jun. 26 - D - Balingen - Bang Your Head (with JOURNEY)
Jul. 10 - S - Herrgård - Rockweekend
Jul. 11 - N - Kvinesdal - Norway Rock Festival
Aug. 08 - FIN - Pien-Sulkava - Harvester Rock Festival
In late 2009, U.D.O. is planning on hitting the road in the USA, Europe, South America and Japan.
U.D.O. released a "best-of" album, "Metallized - 20 Years of Metal", on November 30, 2007 via AFM Records. The CD booklet is filled with photos from the last 20 years and and includes liner notes written by Metal Hammer journalist Andreas Schöwe. The first 12 songs on the collection were chosen by fans via the official U.D.O. web site, while tracks 13 to 16 consist of two unreleased songs, an acoustic version of the ACCEPT classic "Balls to the Wall", and a live version of "The Bullet and the Bomb".
U.D.O.'s latest studio album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 — the highest German chart position in the band's history.
Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O.'s November 9, 2008 concert at club Tochka in Moscow, Russia can be viewed below.