German heavy metal legend Udo Dirkschneider returns with his 18th studio album under the U.D.O. moniker – ‘Game Over’. Ah, I remember as if it was yesterday (it was actually 1986) when I heard Accept’s ‘Restless and Wild’ album for the first time. The opening double bass drum barrage of Fast as a Shark had a huge impact on this young drummer. That album was a major influence on the thrash and speed metal genre with Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth, Testament et al citing Accept as a huge inspiration. They had further worldwide success with the follow up ‘Balls to the Wall’ which went gold in the US and Canada.

Accept’s then frontman Udo Dirkschneider made an impact with his distinctive voice and image. After leaving (or being fired from) Accept in 1987 he formed U.D.O. and enjoyed continued success. With this latest album Dirkschneider tackles important subject matter ranging from climate change, war, and political corruption. The album delivers everything you expect, and I have to say Dirkschneider sounds fantastic, he sounds as good today as he ever did. The band also deliver some top-notch performances with riffs galore from guitar duo Andrey Smirnov and Fabian Dee Dammers and Udo’s son Sven delivers a fantastic performance on the drum throne.

Great song titles like ‘Fear Detector’, ‘Metal Never Dies’ and ‘Like A Beast’ sound just like you would imagine, metal to the core! One track that stands out though is ‘Kids and Guns’ with its almost AC/DC like groove. It feels a little out of place with the other tracks, but I like it all the same. Let’s be honest, if you’re checking out this album you know what to expect, it’s true head banging heavy metal that delivers what it says on the tin. A strong album that will appeal to U.D.O.’s hardcore fan base.

With a career that spans over forty years you must admire Dirkschneider for sticking to what he does best for all these years. As Accept famously said… ‘Shake Your Heads’!

Game Over is released on October 8th through AFM records.

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Author: Kenny Kendrick

L.A. thrashers’ sixth album due in February; marathon tour with Enforcer continues this Fall!

Three weeks into their ongoing 54-shows-in-54-days co-headlining tour with Enforcer, the Los Angeles-based thrash quintet WARBRINGER has released a new single, “Firepower Kills.” The song can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms

WARBRINGER‘s new album will serve as the follow-up to 2017’s “Woe To The Vanquished,” which Metal Hammer said “delivers all the pounding riffage and machine-gun tempos a thrash freak could want.” The as-yet-untitled new record – which was helmed by returning producer Mike Plotnikoff (In Flames, Fear Factory, All That Remains) and mastered once again by Howie Weinberg (Anthrax, Slayer, Overkill) – will be coming out on Napalm Records and marks the band’s first full-length release with bassist Chase Bryant (Oni), who joined the group last year.

“’Firepower Kills’ is the album opener and is a rapid-fire thrash burner, with both lyrics and music following the theme of the rapidly evolving and really frightening side of technology. We’ve been playing this tune nightly on the current tour and it’s been highly well-received,” explains Warbringer vocalist John Kevill. “We are right in the middle of this massive North American tour with Enforcer and have left a wake of fire over much of the continent. More updates on Warbringer incoming… yes, the future looks bright!”


Over the past dozen years, WARBRINGER has released five acclaimed albums of intense, aggressive thrash and toured with a who’s who of metal, including Megadeth, Testament, Obituary, Napalm Death, Exodus, Suffocation, Overkill, Arch Enemy, Kreator, Soilwork, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Destruction, Nevermore, Symphony X, Iced Earth and Death Angel, among others. More information on the group’s forthcoming album will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Remaining North American Tour Dates –


10/01/2019 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA

10/02/2019 Dingbatz – Clifton, NY

10/03/2019 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY

10/04/2019 Kingsland – Brooklyn, NY

10/05/2019 Blackthorn 51 – Elmhurst, NY

10/06/2019 Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD

10/07/2019 Cattivo – Pittsburgh, PA

10/08/2019 Canal Club – Richmond, VA

10/09/2019 Black Circle – Indianapolis, IN

10/10/2019 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

10/11/2019 Motorco – Durham, NC

10/12/2019 The Haven – Winter Park, FL

10/13/2019 O’Malley’s – Margate, FL

10/14/2019 Crowbar – Ybor City, FL

10/15/2019 Southport Music Hall – New Orleans, LA

10/16/2019 Scout Bar – Houston, TX

10/17/2019 Rock Box – San Antonio, TX

10/18/2019 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX

10/19/2019 Trees – Dallas, TX

10/20/2019 Aftershock – Merriam, KS

10/21/2019 The Shrine – Tulsa, OK

10/22/2019 89th Street Collective – Oklahoma City, OK

10/23/2019 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM

10/24/2019 Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO

10/25/2019 Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT

10/26/2019 Backstage Bar and Billiards – Las Vegas, NV

10/27/2019 The Rock – Tucson, AZ

10/28/2019 Club Red – Tempe, AZ

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