May 27, 2023
Photo: Martin Häusler.

After touring Australia and Japan as well as kicking off this year’s festival season by introducing new bassist Peter Baltes last month, U.D.O. – the iconic heavy metal five-piece led by legendary vocalist Udo Dirkschneider – let the next cat out of the bag today: In between various live activities throughout the year, the band have been very productive having recorded a massive, 13-track album, at various locations. Crafted with producer and mixing engineer Martin “Mattes” Pfeiffer at Redhead Studio (Wilhelmshaven, Germany) and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio (Solingen, Germany), »Touchdown« is scheduled to land in the end zone of the heavy metal world on August 25th, 2023 through Atomic Fire Records. The record also includes a guest appearance by violinist Stefan Pintev on the closing track, and bass tracks were recorded by Baltes. Artwork was provided by Martin Häusler who was also responsible for shooting band photos in support of the new album campaign.

First single Forever Free as well as album pre-order options will become available on Friday, June 23rd. Pre-save Forever Free now.


  1.  Isolation Man
  2. The Flood
  3. The Double Dealer’s Club
  4. Fight For The Right
  5. Forever Free
  6. Punchline
  7. Sad Man’s Show
  8. The Betrayer
  9. Heroes Of Freedom
  10. Better Start To Run
  11. The Battle Understood
  12. Living Hell
  13. Touchdown

UDO/Dirkschneider Live

  • 21.05.2023 AT Vienna – Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Stadthalle
  • 08.06.2023 SE Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
  • 10.06.2023 FI Laihia – Lisää Löylyä Festival
  • 16.06.2023 DE Augsburg – Metal am Kiez*
  • 18.06.2023 BE Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting*
  • 21.07.2023 DE Pförring – Open Air Pförring
  • 29.07.2023 DE Rottenburg-Seebronn – Rock Of Ages* *NEW*
  • 12.08.2023 ES Villena – Leyendas del Rock*
  • 16.08.2023 DE Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Open Air *NEW*
  • 17.08.2023 CZ Moravský Krumlov – Rock Castle Open Air
  • 20.08.2023 CH Vallamand (VD) – Rock The Lakes
  • 25.08.2023 DE Haddeby – Baltic Open Air *NEW*
  • 16.09.2023 DE Tuttlingen – Beast of Rocks @ Stadthalle
  • 07.10.2023 DE Würzburg – Keep It True Rising III @ Posthalle*
  • 22.10.2023 AT Linz – Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Tabakfabrik
  • 29.10.2023 AT Salzburg – Wildstyle & Tattoo @ Messezentrum
  • 10./11.05.2024 DE Braunschweig – Rock in Rautheim* *NEW*

Udo Dirkschneider | vocals
Andrey Smirnov | guitar
Sven Dirkschneider | drums
Fabian Dee Dammers | guitar
Peter Baltes | bass


Official Website

Atomic Fire Records/UDO