Teutonic metal God, Udo Dirkschneider has long been one of the signature voices of our beloved music genre, with his gruff, growl and shriek vocals. From the time in 1968 when the seeds of Accept were sown, to the release of U.D.O.‘s 13th studio album, Rev-Raptor, Udo has been one of metal’s most notable and iconic frontmen.
The metal world began to take note of the diminutive singer with the massive voice with the release of Accept‘s 4th album, 1982’s Restless and Wild which led off with the classic track, “Fast As A Shark”, credited as one of the earliest speed metal songs.
When Udo left Accept in 1987 at the height of the band’s popularity, fans were crushed and to this day remain hopeful of a permanent reunion. While somehow guitarist Wolf Hoffmann got the band name, Udo retained something more important, the voice of the band.
After years of dealing with back issues, Accept drummer Stefan Kaufmann eventually stepped down from his kit and the band. He later switched to guitar and joined his friend and former singer in U.D.O., where he remains to this day.
While Accept reformed and released a highly acclaimed new album, Blood of Nations in 2009, with former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo, the fact is U.D.O. is more Accept than even Accept is these days. Fans need listen no farther than Rev-Raptor with its blend of classic metal guitar riffs and Udo’s unique voice.
While Udo would have liked to have agreed to Accept‘s proposed third reunion, a disagreement with Wolf Hauffmann made the arrangement unacceptable. Udo opted to remain with his namesake band, and now two years later, he’s somewhat happy and relieved it worked out this way.
Last year Udo sang on the title track of fellow German metaller’s Kissin’ Dynamite’s Addicted To Metal. This year he’s back with Rev-Raptor, and as he told me this week from his home island in Spain, he’s not close to retiring. He still has new countries to tour, and is even working on an U.D.O. project backed by an orchestra.
Udo Dirkschneider interview 2011