Album Reviews

U.D.O. – Steelfactory Review

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 31st, 2018



Tongue Reaper
Make the Move
Keeper of my Soul
In the Heart of the Night
Raise the Game
Blood on Fire
The Devil is an Angel
Hungry and Angry
One Heart One Soul
Pictures in my Dream
A Bite of Evil
Rose in the Desert
The Way


Udo Dirkschneider is more than a well-known name when it comes to German metal. There are many singers in metal and there are many singers with a raspy voice, but there is one voice that can be immediately identified – the one of Udo Dirkschneider. It was him and his way of singing that gave Accept a special expression and it was later on his solo outlet U.D.O. that was built around his excellent metal singing too.

I don’t think that I have to introduce Udo Dirkschneider. It feels like carrying sand to the beach. But I would like to talk about the new U.D.O. album. Overwhelmed by the tremendous success of Dirkschneider and the connected touring activities there was a bit less activity in the U.D.O. camp. Touring with Accept songs under the banner of Dirkschneider led to far more concerts than expected but now it’s time again for new U.D.O. material.

What title could work better for a new U.D.O. album than ‘Steelfactory’? The iconic singer and his band (Andrey Smirnov (g), Fitty Wienhold (b) and Sven Dirkschneider (d)) will release a 13 songs comprising metal record end of August, using the entire toolbox of heavy metal. This metal factory works less with a hammer and an anvil. It’s heavy guitar riffs, a pounding bass, and hard-hitting drum, together with Dirkschneider’s great voice, being the toolkit for this excellent metal record.

This longplayer contains typical U.D.O. hymns. It is not about endless solo sections or musical frills that makes tunes like … and … to something great. ‘Steelfactory’ is a straight-forward metal record that unveils its beauty immediately by well-crafted riff power. Each of the songs on the record is like high-hardness steel that runs out of the furnace of metal. These songs are robust, solid, heavy and indestructible.

Three years after having released ‘Decadent’, the most iconic German metal frontman is back with a new album. It was worth to wait for ‘Steelfactory’, an album that picks it up where the band ended on ‘Decadent’. There’s nothing more to say than Bang your heads.


Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Ratings:  8/10



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