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U.D.O. is a German heavy metal band founded by lead singer Udo Dirkschneider in 1987. Closely tied to the name U.D.O. is Accept, founded by Udo Dirkschneider and Michael Wagener (later to become a top producer) in Solingen, which was the predecessor of U.D.O.

After the breaking up of Accept in 1987, a large fan community followed Udo Dirkschneider and Stefan Kaufmann to U.D.O.

Starting with the first albums Animal House in 1988 and Mean Machine in 1989 U.D.O. proved to be pure heavy metal without any Trend-Sound influences. Both albums continued where Accept had left of in 1986 with Russian Roulette. Animal House was played in by Peter Szigeti (guitars), Frank Rittel from Warlock (bass), Mathias Dieth from Sinner (guitars), Thomas Franke (drums) and of course Udo Dirkschneider (vocals)

When Mean Machine was released in 1989 U.D.O. had a totally different look. From the line-up which had played on
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U.D.O. Discography

U.D.O. albums / top albums

U.D.O. Animal House album cover 4.41 | 11 ratings
Animal House
Heavy Metal 1987
U.D.O. Mean Machine album cover 4.25 | 10 ratings
Mean Machine
Heavy Metal 1989
U.D.O. Faceless World album cover 4.53 | 11 ratings
Faceless World
Heavy Metal 1990
U.D.O. Timebomb album cover 4.29 | 8 ratings
Heavy Metal 1991
U.D.O. Solid album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Heavy Metal 1997
U.D.O. No Limits album cover 4.30 | 5 ratings
No Limits
Heavy Metal 1998
U.D.O. Holy album cover 4.23 | 7 ratings
Heavy Metal 1999
U.D.O. Man and Machine album cover 4.40 | 6 ratings
Man and Machine
Heavy Metal 2002
U.D.O. Thunderball album cover 3.86 | 7 ratings
Heavy Metal 2004
U.D.O. Mission No. X album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Mission No. X
Heavy Metal 2005
U.D.O. Mastercutor album cover 3.30 | 5 ratings
Heavy Metal 2007
U.D.O. Dominator album cover 2.80 | 5 ratings
Heavy Metal 2009
U.D.O. Rev-Raptor album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Heavy Metal 2011
U.D.O. Steelhammer album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Heavy Metal 2013
U.D.O. Decadent album cover 1.67 | 3 ratings
Heavy Metal 2015
U.D.O. Steelfactory album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Heavy Metal 2018

U.D.O. EPs & splits

U.D.O. 24/7 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Metal 2005
U.D.O. The Wrong Side of Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Wrong Side of Midnight
Heavy Metal 2007
U.D.O. Infected album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Metal 2009
U.D.O. Leatherhead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Metal 2011

U.D.O. live albums

U.D.O. Live From Russia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live From Russia
Heavy Metal 2001
U.D.O. Nailed to Metal: The Missing Tracks album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Nailed to Metal: The Missing Tracks
Heavy Metal 2003
U.D.O. Mastercutor Alive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mastercutor Alive
Heavy Metal 2008

U.D.O. demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

U.D.O. re-issues & compilations

U.D.O. Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of
Heavy Metal 1999
U.D.O. Celebrator: Rare Tracks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Celebrator: Rare Tracks
Heavy Metal 2012

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U.D.O. Reviews

U.D.O. Holy

Album · 1999 · Heavy Metal
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"Holy" is an album that I always listen willingly. It is not a masterpiece, this seventh album by U.D.O.. The biggest flaw (perhaps the only) is the use of a drum machine. In general "Holy" is a dip in the 80's. The music, in fact, is a typical Traditional Heavy Metal, quiet and melodic, with an album of U.D.O. It can be. Sincerely, rather than on individual songs, I shall focus to a general discussion. Stefan Kaufmann and Igor Gianola are two excellent guitarists who play here parts uncomplicated but technical. They form a single entity with Udo Dirkschneider because they wrote music and lyrics really complementary, so that the lack of a component makes the useless and ugly. Nothing is out of place. There is a unity that is scary. The songs are immediately in the brain. "Shout It Out" is the most melodic and Hard Rock. "Back Off" is a melodic Speed Metal. However, both already on first listen have always resonated in the mind.

So, in conclusion, "Holy" is a great album. Great to listen to in the car. It is melodic but powerful. It is technical but immediate. Not a masterpiece. But, I repeat: "Holy" is a great album. That with each listen like more and more.

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