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U.D.O. - launch lyric video for 'Fight For The Right' track; new album »Touchdown« out worldwide.

Photo Credit: Martin Hausler

U.D.O. - »Touchdown« --- Out Now Via Atomic Fire Records ---ORDER / LISTEN:


"Powerfully stomping and full of never-ending energy: »Touchdown« is a diversified

and well-conceived album - even at such a late point of U.D.O.'s career!"

METAL HAMMER (DE), Annika Eichstädt

"U.D.O. at their best - traditional heavy metal the way it's meant to be!"

LEGACY (DE), Christian Wachter

"A masterclass in heavy metal while being aware of the world we live in!"

ROCK TRIBUNE (BE), Vera Matthijssens

"Throwing thunderously nostalgic punches - classic but by no means dated!"

FISTFUL OF METAL (UK), Mark Freebase

"U.D.O. have returned from a trip to the fountain of youth and sound heavier than ever!"

BREAK OUT (DE), Mario Wolski

"»Touchdown« showcases impressively that U.D.O. are far from being on the shelf yet,

but - like choice wine - keep becoming better and better over the years!"

ROCK HARD (DE), Marcus Schleutermann

"A great moment of heavy metal: »Touchdown« is another brick in U.D.O.'s wall!"



»Touchdown[!]« Today, iconic German heavy metallers U.D.O. strike back with their new 13-track studio album, which was lauded by hard 'n' heavy press worldwide and thereby cements the fact that they're not only midfielders but definitely one of the main forerunners of the scene. But that's not all: »Touchdown« also marks the musical reunion of singer Udo Dirkschneider and bassist Peter Baltes (ex-ACCEPT) who joined the U.D.O. ranks a few months ago, and to celebrate those happenings, the group have launched a lyric video for new song 'Fight For The Right,' which can be found on their new offering. It's an anti-war track that continues U.D.O.'s tradition of delivering heavy old-school riffing, this time garnished with a grand, classical music dominated guitar solo. Watch the visualisation by Ingo Spörl (Hard Media; over on YouTube:

ICYMI: U.D.O. (also performing as DIRKSCHNEIDER) recently announced the first bigger batch of live dates for their forthcoming »Touchdown World Tour 2023/24« which will make them perform in Germany, Switzerland, Czechia as well as other countries in early 2024. Their current itinerary can be found below!

Order »Touchdown« in the physical format of your choice (see below!), stream it on your favourite DSP or get it digitally now, here:

Released via Atomic Fire Records, the album was crafted with producer and mixing engineer Martin "Mattes" Pfeiffer at Redhead Studio (Wilhelmshaven, Germany) and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio (Solingen, Germany). The record includes a guest appearance by violinist Stefan Pintev on the closing track, and bass tracks were recorded by new member Baltes. Artwork was provided by Martin Häusler who was also responsible for shooting band photos in support of the new album campaign.

More on »Touchdown«:





»Touchdown« is available in the following formats:

- jewelcase-CD

- digipak-CD [EU; incl. bonus DVD »Dirkschneider - Live at Wacken 2022,« track listing below]

- limited box set [available at Atomic Fire Records (yellow-green splatter vinyl; SOLD OUT), Nuclear Blast (purple black dust vinyl) & EMP (red-clear black dust vinyl)]

- 2LP in gatefold: black, silver, clear/blue-white splatter (US excl.), clear-blue marbled (AFR excl.), yellow-green splatter (AFR excl.), purple black dust (Nuclear Blast excl.), red-clear black dust (EMP excl.) & clear-black vinyl (Sweden Rock Magazine excl.)

- digital

U.D.O Album

»Touchdown« - Track Listing:

01. Isolation Man

02. The Flood

03. The Double Dealer's Club

04. Fight For The Right

05. Forever Free

06. Punchline

07. Sad Man's Show

08. The Betrayer

09. Heroes Of Freedom

10. Better Start To Run

11. The Battle Understood

12. Living Hell

13. Touchdown

»Dirkschneider - Live at Wacken 2022« (Bonus DVD; digipak-CD only!):

01. Starlight

02. Living For Tonite

03. Midnight Mover

04. Breaker

05. London Leatherboys

06. Princess Of The Dawn

07. Restless And Wild

08. Son Of A Bitch

09. Screaming For A Love-Bite

10. Up To The Limit

11. Metal Heart

12. Fast As A Shark

13. Balls To The Wall



25.08.2023 DE Haddeby - Baltic Open Air [TICKETS]

16.09.2023 DE Tuttlingen - Beast of Rocks @ Stadthalle [TICKETS]

07.10.2023 DE Würzburg - Keep It True Rising III @ Posthalle* [TICKETS]

22.10.2023 AT Linz - Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Tabakfabrik [TICKETS]

29.10.2023 AT Salzburg - Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Messezentrum [TICKETS]

»Touchdown« - World Tour 2023/24 - Europe

Presented by ITM, DMAX, Break Out, Radio Bob!, musix, Metal Hammer & Rock It!

23.02.2024 DE Regensburg-Obertraubling - Eventhall Airport [TICKETS]

24.02.2024 DE Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt [TICKETS]

25.02.2024 DE Magdeburg - Factory [TICKETS]

28.02.2024 DE Hamburg - Markthalle [TICKETS]

29.02.2024 DE Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle 2 [TICKETS]

01.03.2024 DE Markneukirchen - Musikhalle [TICKETS]

02.03.2024 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser [TICKETS]

03.03.2024 DE Munich - Backstage [TICKETS]

06.03.2024 DE Mannheim - Capitol [TICKETS]

07.03.2024 DE Stuttgart - Im Wizemann [TICKETS]

08.03.2024 DE Memmingen - Kaminwerk [TICKETS]

09.03.2024 DE Nuremberg - Löwensaal [TICKETS]

10.03.2024 CH Pratteln - Konzertfabrik Z7 [TICKETS - COMING SOON!]

14.03.2024 DE Wilhelmshaven - Pumpwerk [TICKETS]

16.03.2024 DE Marsberg - Metal Diver Festival [TICKETS]

20.03.2024 CZ Prague - Roxy [TICKETS]

22.03.2024 CZ Brno - Sono Centrum [TICKETS]

23.03.2024 CZ Ostrava - Garage Club [TICKETS]

10./11.05.2024 DE Braunschweig - Rock in Rautheim* [TICKETS]

03. - 06.07.2024 DE Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air*[TICKETS]




Udo Dirkschneider | vocals

Andrey Smirnov | guitar

Sven Dirkschneider | drums

Fabian Dee Dammers | guitar

Peter Baltes | bass



Atomic Fire


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