U.D.O., the German metal band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a new single, "Leatherhead", on April 8 via AFM Records.The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Leatherhead
02. Rock'n'Roll Soldiers *
03. Free Or Rebellion **
04. Run! **
05. Jingle Balls (video clip)
06. Leatherhead (video clip) * Bonus track
** Non-album bonus track U.D.O. last month finished filming a video for "Leatherhead" in Nürnberg, Germany. The track, which is described as a "classic metal anthem," is the first single from the group's forthcoming album, "REV-Raptor", which is scheduled for a May 20 release via AFM Records. A photo from the "Leatherhead" video shoot can be found at this location. The recordings for "REV-Raptor" took place between June 2010 and February 2011 at Roxx studios (owned by U.D.O. guitarist and ex-ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann) in Pulheim, Germany. The CD was mastered by Manfred Melchior at MM Sound Digital studios in Steinhagen, Germany. The album's cover artwork will once again be a comic-like motif: but the "Dominator" character will this time be "a lot more effectual and colorful," according to a press release.
"REV-Raptor" was originally scheduled for release in January but was delayed by the back problems experienced by Kaufmann, the same issue that forced him to quit playing drums for ACCEPT back in the day. Stefan recently received medical treatment for this condition and had recovered enough to have played with the band on November 6, 2010 at the Rock Antenne festival at Schwabenhalle in Augsburg. U.D.O.'s last album, "Dominator", entered the official chart in Germanyat position No. 27. This marked the highest German chart entry in U.D.O.'s history.