By Bob Nalbandian

BN: The production on "Holy" is incredible...the sound is so fat and heavy! You produced the CD along with Stefan Kaufmann at Roxx studio - is that Stefan's home studio?

UDO: Yes. We were in a lucky position in that we were able to take as long as we wanted in the studio.

BN: Accept and U.D.O. always had great production on record, whether produced by Michael Wagner, Dieter Dierks, Mark Dodson...but, I think the production on this new U.D.O. record is even stronger.

UDO: I think when you know exactly what you want, it is very hard to tell the producer how to do it. Because you write the songs and you have the sound in your head, so I think it's much easier to do it on our own. Stefan produces my vocals and I do a lot of production for guitar arrangements. Stefan and I have worked together for so long that it is very easy working with him.

BN: I grew up here in Los Angeles. I remember buying the Accept album "I'm A Rebel," which was self-titled in the US, back when it came out in 1979. Songs like "China Lady" and "Save Us" totally got me hooked.

UDO: That was a long time ago! (Laughs)

BN: When "Breaker" came out, that was it! And, "Restless & Wild," still today, I think is one of the all-time greatest metal records. Vocal wise, there was no one else who compared to you...I mean, you had the Bon Scott's, Brian Johnson's and the Dan McCafferty's, but you, as a vocalist, took it in a much more extreme direction. You definitely influenced a whole breed of new vocalists throughout the '80s and '90s...When the band formed in Germany, Scorpions were really the only metal band from Germany that were really able to break internationally. And then came Accept, and, of course, Krokus from Switzerland. How difficult was it for a young metal band like Accept to break out of Germany?

UDO: The first time we came to America, we had an offer to support KISS in '84, and, for us, it was a whole different world. Everything was much more professional then here in Europe. I don't know why, but for German bands, it was always very hard to come to America to tour and to sell records. And I know a lot of bands who tried, and played shows in America, but the only two to really make it, as you say, were the Scorpions and Accept.

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