This upcoming summer will hold a musical surprise: Metal legend U.D.O. will publish an album in collaboration with the official Concert Band of the German Armed Forces (Musikkorps der Bundeswehr). The album is entitled “We Are One” and will be released on July 17th.
German Rock band U.D.O., including icon Udo Dirkschneider (the original voice of Accept with worldwide hits such as “Balls To The Wall,” “Metal Heart” etc) presents, together with the renowned Concert Band of the German Armed Forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling, a unique worldwide musical project.
The album contains 15 new songs that will be released through AFM Records /Soulfood Music. All songs have been developed and arranged by U.D.O. together with Christoph Scheibling. The two former Accept musicians Stefan Kaufmann and Peter Baltes have been part of the songwriting too – as well as the German Armed Forces´ composers Guido Rennert and Alexander Reuber. The title of the album “We Are One” has been the driving force for everyone involved.
Whatever anyone might think about the `rock band meets orchestra‘ collaborations that already exist in the music world, this is far from what “We Are One” really is. This is one of the most elaborate concept albums the market has ever seen, the hard rocking sound of U.D.O. has not only been intensified by a 60 piece orchestra, but contains some unique arrangements that underline how characteristic yet versatile U.D.O. are.
This project surprises the listener in every aspect, and is a project with a clear statement: “We Are One” is a critical reflection of a world in which we all leave our mark, and in which we all have to show responsibility.
The songs on “We Are One” are about the different challenges we are currently facing, climate change (“Future is the reason why”), the worldwide refugee movements (“Here We Go Again”), “Fridays for Future” (“Children of the world”) or the pollution of the environment (“Mother Earth”). With the track “Pandemonium,” both parties, U.D.O. as well as the German Armed Forces, also take a clear position against society‘s right wing. The song “Rebel Town” is a hymn for a 30 years reunited Germany.
“We all live on this planet. No matter who we are or what we do, we all just have this one planet“, Udo Dirkschneider explains about the message behind the songs. “There is no planet B. When I see the pictures of all the plastic in our oceans and when I hear about the next climate catastrophe in the news, I really start wondering how respectless and irresponsible we sometimes are. It ´s not just about us, it ´s also about all the others and last but not least about our children!“
This is a project that has made all participants think deeply about the challenges not only for the world, but for their own futures. For Udo Dirkschneider “We Are One” is a dream that he has had for a long time. Since the show with the Concert Band of the German Armed Forces in Wacken (2015) as well as the “Navy Metal Night” in Tuttlingen (2014), he fervently wanted to continue and grow the collaboration.
Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Scheibling also agrees: “All composers have done a fantastic job. The songs are excellent and really show the very best of orchestra and band. The album offers a variety that reaches from Speed Metal to classical Metal, from ballad to funk style. As an orchestra, we brought in everything we could, a solo singer, a pipe, a drumline and some oriental percussions included.” Scheibling has been on stage together with U.D.O. in Wacken 2015 already. “The motto back then was Metal, mud and military music“, he resumes, “An event that definitely awoke the wish to work together more intensely. Now our crossover project really finds its highlight with “We Are One.”
U.D.O. and the German Armed Forces are also talking the same language when it comes to the message of “We Are One.” For the German Armed Forces international, engagements as well as the protection of the environment are two major focus points. Former military areas are becoming integral nature reserves. Soldiers are recruited to fight forest fires and ecological disasters. The German Armed Forces are also supporting the protection of Germany‘s coastal regions by monitoring the air space to protect it from people polluting the ocean.
“Several songs are pointing out the problems we have with pollution of our environment. We really have some heavy words about our global responsibilty“, Christoph Scheibling says.
“Never before critical words agains worldwide exaggeration of consumption or all this cyber insanity have been this loud. Never before the voice against protectionism, nationalism and against the right wing have been that intense. Let us join forces for a better planet! We are one!“
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