UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER (U.D.O.): “[We Were] Not Allowed To Have More Than Two People In The Studio… Every Musician Was On His Own”

U.D.O. 2021

Do You Want To Play a Game?

If mankind doesn’t rethink some things, it could have drastic consequences,” says Udo Dirkschneider in the press release for his latest album under the U.D.O. banner, Game Over. The sixteen track opus is set to be released on October 22, 2021 through AFM Records. The album is not all doom & gloom. There are also plenty of fist-pumping, energy inducing, emotion eliciting, and head-bobbing Metal anthems that the fans have come to expect from Udo Dirkschneider and his gang. I had the chance to speak with the man himself ahead of the album’s release.

Highlights Include

  • U.D.O. - Game OverDiscussion of their latest album Game Over
  • What social issues Dirkschneider touches upon in his lyrics
  • Why the album is packed with so many songs
  • The difficulties of putting the album together during lockdowns
  • Working with a new guitarist and bass player
  • How U.D.O.’s 2020 Pandemic Survival Show came together
  • Changing his mind on never playing Accept songs again
  • Will Dirkschneider & The Old Gang record more material beyond their 3 track EP
  • Memories of recording the first U.D.O. album Animal House in 1987
  • His relationship with the man who originally replaced him in Accept
  • … and much, much more!

U.D.O. is

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


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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