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  • DiosSword
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    Originally posted by rideon77 View Post
    My favourite 80's Metal Band . Wolf Hoffman is the most underrated guitar player of all times! Breaker, Restless & Wild, Balls To The Wall, Metal Heart, Russian Roulette, Eat the Heat and Objection Overruled are masterpieces IMHO. I love David Reeces voice ...one of the best voices in hard rock and hugely underrated.
    Did anything ever come of Reece after his ill-fated Accept stint?

    Joerg Fischer was no slouch either, but since quite a few Accept albums were recorded with only Wolf Hoffmann playing guitar, he's kind of shoved in the background. The same with Hermann Frank Jnr - I don't think he's actually on any Accept studio recording.

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  • rideon77
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    My favourite 80's Metal Band . Wolf Hoffman is the most underrated guitar player of all times! Breaker, Restless & Wild, Balls To The Wall, Metal Heart, Russian Roulette, Eat the Heat and Objection Overruled are masterpieces IMHO. I love David Reeces voice ...one of the best voices in hard rock and hugely underrated.

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  • Nightwing
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    Reece was invited to audition for Priest but I guess he turned it down, because he didnt want to go into another band as a 'replacement' again.

    Staying A Life is just simply a powerful live album by Accept in their prime. Some of the songs on the live album are better than the studio recordings of those songs.

    Look on youtube for 'Accept metal heart live' 1985

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  • DiosSword
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    Originally posted by Nightwing View Post
    Accept are legends, end of story. Just listen to Staying a Life (Live)..

    Even the album they did with another singer, American David Reece - god could that guy sing, too.
    I never heard Staying A Life, but I did have Kaizoku-Ban on cassette.

    There was horrible hostility toward David Reece, undeserved I felt, the guy certainly gave it a try, but Udo's growl was so much a part of Accept that anyone trying to slot into his position was going to catch flak.

    If Reece would have sang with almost any other band, I think he would have been more appreciated. Like Judas Priest when Halford left (and I like Ripper Owens)...I remember reading a review of Eat The Heat that said it was "the best Judas Priest album Malice never made."

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  • Nightwing
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    Accept are legends, end of story. Just listen to Staying a Life (Live)..

    Even the album they did with another singer, American David Reece - god could that guy sing, too.

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  • Scar
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    Hey man, cool thing you speak German. All the dudes and band you mentioned are still in business in Germany (well, don't know about Trance, but the others are still rockin').

    Yeah, U.D.O. ist still alive. The Band releases new albums every 2 years. Udo's Guitar Player ist Stefan Kaufmann, the former Accept - Drummer who had to stop drumming because of health problems. They both are very much into this Metal - based riffing and still rock hard. The last Album "Mastercutor" was released back in 2007, last year there was a live Double - CD called "Mastercutor alive" and a DVD. At the moment, they're in the Studio to work on a new album.

    This is U.D.O.s backing catalogue:

    Animal house 1987
    Meanmachine 1989
    Faceless world 1990
    Timebomb 1991
    Solid 1997
    No Limits 1998
    Holy 1999
    Man and Machine 2001
    Thunderball 2004
    Mission No. X 2005
    Mastercutor 2007
    Metallized - The Best of 2007

    Oh you lucky guy saw Accept and Scorpions when they had their great days. Must have been nice. The Scorpions still are a great band and do albums, but I have th impression that they become more and more famous in Asia. It's a shame that German Music Fans don't care about them, they are more popular outside their homecountry.

    Yes, Uli John Roth is a great guitar player, my father's hero. But I must say that his solo works are not my favourites. His style is very different.

    Oh and Michael Schenker now became a drunken bastard...what a shame.

    What do you think about other German Bands like Edguy or the Avantasia - Project for example? Are they known in the U.S.?

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  • DiosSword
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    Originally posted by Scar View Post
    I'm German - so no doubt about Accept being a Metal Legend. I like their precise and heavy riffs that hit you straight into the nu.. Singer Udo Dirkschneider still does great albums with his own band named "U.D.O.". They took the heavier parts of Accept and still keep on rockin'.

    Good old Hard Rock made in Germany. That's how it sounds like. I think I have to listen to "Fast as a shark" now. What a killer!
    I'm not German, but am German-descended (Rhineland, Alsace and Swiss-German, actually) and speak the language well enough to get by.

    For many years, DEUTSCHLAND was indeed the centre of the heavy metal world:
    • Accept (of course!)
    • U.D.O.
    • Scorpions
    • Michael Schenker
    • Trance
    • Grave Digger
    • Ulrich Roth

    So many excellent guitarists came out of Germany - the Schenker brothers, Ulrich Roth, Joerg Fischer, Wolf Hoffmann, Matthias Jabs, Hermann Frank...

    Rock 'N Roll may have been born here in America but Germany helped perfect it.

    I didn't know that Udo still had his U.D.O. band together. I used to have the Animal House album.

    I have Restless And Wild, Balls To The Wall and Metal Heart. The other albums are very hard to find here except on import. I want to add Breaker, Russian Roulette, Objection Overruled, Predator and Death Row to my collection, but they're very expensive here.

    I was fortunate enough to see both Accept and Scorpions live back in the '80s.

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  • Scar
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    I'm German - so no doubt about Accept being a Metal Legend. I like their precise and heavy riffs that hit you straight into the nu.. Singer Udo Dirkschneider still does great albums with his own band named "U.D.O.". They took the heavier parts of Accept and still keep on rockin'.

    Good old Hard Rock made in Germany. That's how it sounds like. I think I have to listen to "Fast as a shark" now. What a killer!

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  • innuendo
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    one of the best metal bands from the 80's (i know their first album is from 70's but everyone thinks of them as 80's metal band). easily top 3 metal bands of 80's

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  • AngryHeart
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    I wouldn't call them heroes to me, but I used to really like them.

    Although Balls to the Wall was the first song I heard and Balls to the Wall was the first album of theirs I bought, Metal Heart was the album that really did it for me. The guitar solos were GREAT!!!

    Then Russian Roulette came out, and that left me cold outside of Monsterman, so I started buying the earlier albums. The songs that I enjoyed were Princess of the Dawn , Fast as a Shark, and I'm a Rebel.

    Later on I actually bought Eat the Heat, and despite Udo not being there, I did like D Train. That's the only song on it I liked, though.

    Haven't listened to them much in the last decade, however.

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  • Ashley Dalby
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    They were a good band, just nothing they ever did grabbed me. They seemed far too predictable to me, but still a talented group of musicians.

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  • Just me
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    Great band, saw them with Iron Maiden. Udo has a great and unique voice. I like Restless and Wild best.

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  • RLP4ever
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    Sabbathman, it's cool how you pretty much have everything by Accept, anyway. Only the s-t debut is missing from you presonal collection. Are those asterisks beside the albums, your personal rankings??..I gotta say how Metal Heart is easily my 'worst', or least-liked Accept album, so far. Russian Roulette is not far behind that. Other than that, I pretty much love 'em all.

    I can only completely agree with your sentiments about the huge let-down and unfairness of it all for us fans, of not having an actual proper, quality full-length DVD of those very entertaining, impressive '05 shows. And now, since the band is officially and quite practically disbanded, there's gonna be no second coming of watching Accept LIVE, let alone have a dvd of it.

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  • Sabbathman
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    Heavy metal heroes since late 1997 when I discovered them at my friend's. Got to see them live at the annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival back in 2005...Pains me that no live DVD has been released of any of the 2005 shows...

    Personal discography

    Breaker 1981 ****

    Restless And Wild 1982 ****

    Balls To The Wall 1983 *****

    Metal Heart 1985 *****

    Staying A Life 1985 *****

    Russian Roulette 1986 ***

    Objection Overruled 1993 ****

    Deathrow 1994 ****

    Predator 1996 ***

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  • Saboteur
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    Like many here in this thread, Accept was one of my favorite bands in the mid-late '80s. I ranked them as high as Metallica, Sabbath, Maiden and Mercyful Fate as my favorite bands of the time. I really began to get into them with the live Kaizoku-Ban ep. Even though I already owned a copy of Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart, I only listened to the title tracks once in a while. That live ep made me dig deeper into those albums. And that's when I realised how amazing they really were. I had to get everything I could after that!

    Originally posted by RLP4ever View Post
    For me, I'm hugely fond of their albums 2-5 i.e. I'm a Rebel ('80), Breaker ('81), Restless and Wild ('82) and Balls to the Wall ('83)....These four remain, in my eyes, Accept's absolute finest hours.
    I somewhat agree, but personally, I would include Metal Heart and Russian Roulette, and ditch I'm a Rebel. Don't get me wrong, I like that album, and even appreciate the first s/t one for what it is. But they clearly are different from their golden sound. They really lack the punch, speed and heavyness of what would follow.

    Originally posted by DiosSword View Post
    I used to have a double-LP on yellow vinyl called Metal Masters, which was a repackaging of Breaker and I'm A Rebel..
    I still have mine!...but on black vinyl. on the Razor label. Even though I had already bought I'm a Rebel, it was the only way I could get Breaker at the time. The first three were never released domestically in Canada.

    Originally posted by DiosSword View Post
    I also had Udo's first solo album, Animal House. It was like the Accept album that Accept were no longer making!
    That's because it was an Accept album!...played by another band! All the songs on it are credited to Accept and Deaffy, which was the same team responsible for the previous Accept albums. Animal House was written and Udo really liked it, but the rest of the band wanted to go for an even more commercial sound than Russian Roulette and Metal Heart, so they let UDO, the band, record it. btw, Deaffy is Wolf Hoffman's wife! They had her write the lyrics 'cos she was the best one they knew that could write well in english. And since the metal crowd was pretty macho back then, they thought that if people knew it was a girl writing those songs, they would be taken less seriously!

    Originally posted by DiosSword View Post
    Also, the "risqueness" you mention here in the U.S., as I remember, was largely due to Balls To The Wall being misinterpreted as a gay album. I remember a lot of people thinking they were gay.
    I never gave much thought to that until recently. But now knowing it was a girl writing songs about London Leatherboys, it can be viewed in a different way. But they still agreed to sing it, as well as borderline homo-anthems like Lady Lou and Take him in my Heart! The lyrics to Balls to the Wall of course have nothing to do with the gay lifestyle, but the album cover art gave that impression.

    They're about the only band I really love that I've never seen live. I missed them when they came here in'84 opening for somebody else (I forget who) and they NEVER came back!

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