It’s not too very often that the names of the people involved alone are enough to document the great importance of a new project. DATOG, short for Dirkschneider & The Old Gang, consists of Accept/U.D.O./Dirkschneider frontman Udo Dirkschneider and his longtime companions Peter Baltes (bass; ex- Accept), Stefan Kaufmann (guitar, ex- Accept, U.D.O.) and Mathias Dieth (guitar; Sinner, U.D.O.) as well as Udo’s son Sven Dirkschneider (drums; U.D.O., Dirkschneider) plus singer Manuela Bibert. If these names don’t make your mouth water, figuratively speaking, then you have missed out on the past forty years of German metal history.
The best thing about Dirkschneider & The Old Gang, however, is that although the new project is musically in the tradition of it’s legendary predecessors, they are currently working on brand new songs. The video clip of the first number, Where The Angels Fly, has been available on YouTube since September 2020; the second video, Face Of A Stranger, was released on the internet on April 29. 2021, to be followed by a third clip Every Heart Is Burning on May 28, 2021. Then on August 27, 2021, a single with all three songs will hit the stores as a CD, a 12″ vinyl and a download. So eyes and ears open, here you can expect great things!
Udo Dirkschneider – Lead Vocals / Backing Vocals
Peter Baltes – Bass / Lead Vocals / Backing Vocals
Manuela Bibert – Lead Vocals / Backing Vocals
Stefan Kaufmann – Rhythm Guitar / Backing Vocals
Mathias Dieth – Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals
Sven Dirkschneider – Drums / Backing Vocals