Udo Dirkschneider - U.D.O.
Wholly, I'm a rebel with my balls to the wall! I am a real mettle heart breaker, who practices degrees of Russian roulette. For years, with no limits, I have been desperately trying to secure a solid interview with the Mastercutor himself - Udo Dirkschneider - who has just released the 12th U.D.O. studio album.
Recently, an opportunity arose, which itself resulted in several delays. After almost a month of waitng for final clarification; finally, I present you with my conversation with one of the best Metal vocalist ever!
MettleAngel: Ah finally, Udo, I finally get a chance to speak with you over the telephone. I assume you know that there have been issues with us having to reschedule, and you not calling when designated?
MettleAngel: Man, you are a legend - a Metal God - I am so exilerated to be speaking with you. What was the cause for all the delays?
MettleAngel: I assumed it was something along those lines which led to all the miscommunication, and technical difficulties. I truly understand, and I am glad that you were able to explain why there was so much confusion and all this mix up, ongoing. My contact was getting quite frustrated trying to qualify this interview. All that is behind us now, so let us begin.
MettleAngel: I was nervous at first, but I have really done my research, so I know you shall find this conversation pleasant, and rather engaging.
MettleAngel: Thank you for not giving up on me. I am a big fan of all your work, honestly. Accept are my third favourite band, ever. I love all the U.D.O. albums, too. This leads me to my initial question, what does the name U.D.O. really stand for, if anything at all?
MettleAngel: I know, but I always thought U.D.O. was an abbreviation for Udo Dirkschneider Organization...
MettleAngel: That sounds like the game my son plays called Yu-gi-oh. I always thought it was spoken just like your name.
MettleAngel: I bought 'Animal House' when it first came out, in 1988. I noticed the period breaks, and lightning effect on the letters, with subsequent releases. I did not know if the letters actually stood for anything.
MettleAngel: I know, and 'Dominator' is a solid effort, as are all the albums you record. W.A.S.P. just released a new album called 'Babylon'. Did you know they had an album called 'Dominator' too?
MettleAngel: Really, it is not like W.A.S.P. has a monopoly on that title. I wonder what he thinks of the "Holy" name? I mean if you had called it 'Headless Children', maybe? Even Cloven Hoof had an album called 'Dominator'. Anyway, most U.D.O. albums have simple names.
MettleAngel: My wife is a really big fan of you, as well.
MettleAngel: Yes, we will be celebrating our ninth anniversary on October 21st. You might find this entertaining, but our first date was at the U.D.O. concert in Cincinnati, Ohio when you were on tour for 'Holy'.
MettleAngel: Do you have plans to ever return to America?
MettleAngel: Awesome! I will be sure to inform the wife and my friends right away! Wendy considers you to be one of the best vocalist of all time, as you have such a unique range. At that show, she was frontstage headbanging in a frenzy. It is a shame that Raven did not make that night, as they were on the tour.
MettleAngel: Annies. I also saw Accept play there with L.A. Guns on the 'Death Row' Tour.
MettleAngel: He of course, was one of Accept original guitarists?
MettleAngel: No, they are from Cleveland,
and big Accept fans. They even put out an (EP) called 'Accept'.
MettleAngel: Yeah, you might like what they have to offer. They will be playing the Auburn Records 25th Anniversary party in Cleveland December 12th, along with Destructor, H.A.T.E., Wretch, and the reunion of Shok Paris!
MettleAngel: Yeah, I imagine you meet many bands and even more fans. Breaker played HOA in 2008. We also saw Doro a few months ago. I know you and Doro are good friends. How is it to work and record songs with her?
MettleAngel: That would be awesome! You mentioned that you are good friends with Raven, too. How was it when you recorded "Born To be Wild" the Steppenwolf cover with them?
MettleAngel: You recently worked with Lordi, how was that experience?
MettleAngel: Looks can be deceiving....
MettleAngel: Mr. Lordi also has a unique range. I think he might be rubbing off on you. On 'Dominator', the opening track "Bogeyman' and "Speed Demon", you have a little bit of his "Ay-yay-yi" scream.
MettleAngel: It is a very Heavy Metal based manga, like that new video game Brütal Legend, which features "Fast AS A Shark". There is a character on the show called Dark Schneider. He has your trademark camouflage jacket and commando hair cut.
MettleAngel: You know how big Metal is in Japan! So, tell me how do you preserve your unique vocals after all these years?
MettleAngel: I am sure that definitely helps.
MettleAngel: Many naysayers have claimed that you emulate Bon Scott. I am excited about that new AC/DC - 'Backtracks' Box set coming out soon.
MettleAngel: Personally, I have always felt that you had a totally unique gruff bite. Your tone has influenced thousands of bands from Exodus to Metal Church. I remember hearing "Son Of A Bitch" on a college radio. I bought 'Balls To The Wall' on cassette when it first came out. I have all Accept on CD. I can even recall when I first saw the "Midnight Mover" video on USA - "Nightflight Videos".
MettleAngel: Indeed, and as far as your vocals, I do not detect too much deterioation, even on the new album.
MettleAngel: The (EP) is called 'Infected', but your voice is as crisp as ever. Speaking of the (EP) you have two songs in Russian: "Platchet Soldat (Remix Version)" and "Poezd Po Rossii" - Live. I assume that your working with ARIA; especially, on the 'Shteel' album, has really opened doors to your fanbase in Russia?
MettleAngel: I can see that, and each new U.D.O. album always has some unique quality. Tell me about the new video for "Black And White". I did not see the band in that video, just a bunch of scary chicks with fake beards and exaggerated assses. It reminds me of a Robert Palmer - "Addicted To Love" style shoot, gone awry.
MettleAngel: Your video for "The Other Side Of Midnight" was more dark, and feral. This reminds me, you sure do love the word "midnight"!
MettleAngel: O' C'mon, "Midnight Mover", "Midnight Highway", "The Other Side Of Midnight" , you get the idea?
MettleAngel: With the two main bands, U.D.O., and your work with Accept, I imagine it is difficult to come up with a set list. On the two greatest hits albums, and your DVDs, you always present a fair share of the Accept classics.
MettleAngel: You have a brand new live album which was recorded in Russia And Germany, that just came out October 6th, with quite a few Accept songs, and classic U.D.O. cuts.
MettleAngel: Is this why albums like 'Mean Machine', 'Faceless World', and 'Time Bomb' are not strongly represented? Or are you not too proud of those accomplishments?
MettleAngel: Speaking of Accept songs, I do not want to open any wounds, but I did just want to briefly touch upon the Accept reunion. What are your thoughts?
MettleAngel: You tried that a few years back, in 2005 playing some festivals, and whatnot.
MettleAngel: What do you mean?
MettleAngel: That is a really good idea!
MettleAngel: You mean Mark Tornillo, from T.T. Quick?
MettleAngel: Accept is a name which will draw a big audience. I just hope that the whole thing does not blow up in their face. Well, Udo, thank you so much for finally taking time out of your very busy schedule to satisfy a very die-hard dedicated fan.
MettleAngel: I understand, and I will let you get back to all the plans you have ahead. Thank you for everything, always!
See also: review of the album Dominator