U.D.O. – Game Over

U.D.O. - Game Over
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Label: AFM Records
Release date: October 22, 2021

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Back For The Attack

There is a very short list of Heavy Metal vocalists from the 80s that have such a distinct voice that they are completely unmistakable, and an even shorter list of vocalists from that era that not only still create and release new material, but have actually improved with age. Udo Dirkschneider (ex-Accept founder) is one of those rare singers, and his new album U.D.O.Game Over is an excellent example of how great talent can get better and better with each new release. The lineup includes guitarists Andrey Smirnov and Fabian Dee Dammers, with Tilen Hudrap on bass guitar and 2nd generation metal royalty Sven Dirkschneider on the drums.

Metal With A Message

Game Over features a whopping 16 tracks that have a definite theme, as explained by Udo: “We all, no matter where we live, just have this one planet. If something happens on it, it always has international implications.” Global climate change is one of the topics that the band explores on the album. “Floods in Germany or the fires in southern Europe and Turkey have shown how urgent it is to do something,.. If mankind doesn’t rethink some things, it could have drastic consequences.” “Kids and Guns” touches on another global issue:  “The world is also increasingly having a peace problem. International arms trade and private arms possession are increasing. In many countries, there is an increasing number of shootings among minors, including in schools” explains Dirkschneider.

Final Notes

One of the great things that U.D.O. has going for it is the winning formulae of veteran talent working with a young generation of excellent musicians. As with everything that the band puts out, Game Over is a beautiful sounding production that has lots of punch, catchy hooks, driving riffs and killer musicianship from top to bottom. Fans will love the classic crunch and straight in the face punch of Game Over, with song after song of headbanging heaven. Classic Metal fans, Accept and U.D.O. fans, and anyone who loves hard driving metal should definitely add U.D.O. – Game Over to their collection.

UDO band photo


Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Andrey Smirnov – Guitars
Fabian Dee Dammers – Guitars
Tilen Hudrap – Bass
Sven Dirkschneider – Drums

Game Over – Tracklist

01 – Fear Detector
02 – Holy Invaders
03 – Prophecy
04 – Empty Eyes
05 – I See Red
06 – Metal Never Dies
07 – Kids And Guns
08 – Like A Beast
09 – Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye
10 – Unbroken
11 – Marching Tank
12 – Thunder Road
13 – Midnight Stranger
14 – Speed Seeker
15 – Time Control
16 – Metal Damnation


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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