U.D.O. And Das Musikkorps Der Bundeswehr: We Are One album review

Former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider hooks up with the concert band of the German armed forces on We Are One. Of course he does.

U.D.O. And Das Musikkorps Der Bundeswehr: We Are One
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It was written in the stars that ex-Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, a man rarely seen out of combat trousers, would one day collaborate with the concert band of the German armed forces. And the results are very Germanic indeed. Which has always been a good thing when it comes to heavy metal. 

With this album you can’t help feeling that Dirkschneider really enjoyed writing with former Accept members Stefan Kaufmann and Peter Baltes and two German armed forces composers.

It is, after all, an epic album, running to 15 tracks. It’s also hugely enjoyable, with Dirkschneider’s trademark sandpaper-throated apoplexy in fine fettle and the 60-piece orchestra doing much to extend the range of his usual material. 

In these incredibly difficult times a collection of fist-pumping anthems like highlights Love And Sin, Rebel Town and We Strike Back are just what the doctor ordered.

Jason Arnopp
Freelance Writer

Jason Arnopp is a veteran metal scribbler, with a passion for thrash metal, horror movies, vinyl and VHS. He's also the author of scary novels like The Last Days Of Jack Sparks (2016) and Ghoster (2019). Runs two YouTube channels, including Possessed By Metal (opens in new tab). Guess what that one's about, eh?