Isn't Accept 2. Isn't metal 3. Isn't impressive in the least. If you've been told about Accept and are looking to get into them, do yourself a favor and listen to "Balls to the Wall" or "Restless and Wild" as these are true classics. Also their three most recent releases, as of the creation of this review, "Blood of the Nations", "Stalingrad", and "Blind Rage" are nearly on the level of the after-mentioned two classic albums and are more than worthy of your money and attention.
Wait, it is?! No not anymore, but Accept's 6th studio album "Metal Heart" still remains strong. The German titans had a pretty major hit with their previous album, the legendary but overrated "Balls To The Wall". Here on "Metal Heart" Accept turns even more sharply towards a more radio-friendly direction.
Some songs on here get to be pretty syrupy, most with corny lyrics, a few down right bad, and more than a few are classic Accept awesome. The band is great here but they have scaled back their aggression and raw talent to make something a bit friendlier.
Udo adds a bit of melody and swagger to his usual gravelly shouting; he's still fun and cool as always. Great bassist Peter Baltes unfortunately gets buried some under the high-mixed guitars, though still often audible. I also though he too was a talented musician and is sadly underutilized a bit here. The first four songs are all hammering, solid fun. The chugging semi-epic title track kicks it off with a creepy intro featuring a sitar, which then crashes into utter guitar madness including a shrieking solo and the predictable though moody and well-executed chorus.
This is immediately followed by the fast and superbly catchy "Midnight Mover". Try as you may, this song's chorus ain't gonna be leaving your silly mortal skull any time soon! The bouncy yet aggressive "Up To The Limit" comes next. It too is quite catchy, though maybe not so much as the previous track. Track four, "Wrong Is Right", is probably the most aggressive song on here, bordering on, but not quite hitting, speed metal territory.
It too features some catchiness along the lines of the last two songs. The only other really decent song on here is the moody closer "Bound To Fail". It's far from a bad song, but it doesn't really stick. It probably has the best backing vocals on here; a bit dramatic, but punishing and moody. The other five songs are kind of a grab-bag of quality. The ridiculous "Screaming For A Love-bite" is fairly catchy but the lyrics are utterly ridiculous; it's a song about hickies for crap's sakes!
Then there's the downright bizarre, VERY jazz-influenced "Teach Us To Survive", which leaves me scratching my head more than anything with it grooved-out bass and even a finger-snapping solo. Seriously, finger-snapping. Another moody track, "Dogs On Leads", features one of the best riffs on the whole album in the first half of the song, then tosses it out in the second for in favor of some aimless fucking around.
Personally, it doesn't do much for me; I find the pace to be upbeat yet meandering, and the chorus rather lazy. Overall, "Metal Heart" is pretty inconsistent. The more radio-friendly attempts have pushed the band into a land caught between solid heavy metal and sappy, wince-inducing choruses and hooks. It's good for Accept completists, but casual metal fans look elsewhere.
Though I do highly recommend the first four songs. Well, well, well, what do we have here? Classic metal album from a classic metal band? Might as well be true to many metalheads, proclaiming Accept to be one of the most influential, inspiring, powerful acts to tread through heavy metal history.
After all, the basic formula for being a classic is there: start in the 70s, exist for a couple of years before publishing your hard rock debut album, make your last album in the mid 90s and afterwards release only live or "best of" albums. Now so far, so good, but this is far from being a classic, or even good for that matter. Overshadowed by other giants of the time, such as countrymen "Running Wild", "Deep Purple" or the mighty "Judas Priest", Accept lack many aspects here that should deliver the goods in a powerful and impressive fashion, or simply should satisfy.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on here. Accept are closer to the Scorpions and hard rock in general, and manage to deliver a sort of watered down, unauthentic delivery when speaking of heavy metal.
Now, I'm talking about what I've heard on CD, their live shows are quite renown for great performances and pure energy and they've also made it with shows around the world, such as Japan where all the musicians seem to end up. With that itself not being a very big flaw, the point is that Accept never was "good" to begin with. Their previous albums were all a big flat fart of music, generated for old people to start with from the first place.
With really boring song structures, lame ass vocals and weak lyrics, the band seemingly catapulted itself into stardom and glory, reaching the very top of your typical "bands a metalhead MUST own" pyramid. That, of course, is rubbish in my humble opinion. The intro starts out with a rather familiar melody which I can't decipher and shifts into the main theme which really doesn't sound like anything world-moving.
Accept really go for the neoclassical praise here, which I think is pretty damn horrible. All songs Wrong is Right, Too High to Get it Right follow a decent formula that works with a lot of bands, but just doesn't seem to hit the spot here. Udo Dirkschneider's vocals never really made it to me, simply because he has that squieky, really annoying voice that reminds me of Steve Souza of the Exodus fame only worse.
And the group backing vocals also sound like some B-rated bad teenage movie featuring hair metal bad actors. Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July The rest of the album follows expectedly, except the very bizarre Teach Us to Survive.
The track touches some strange Jazz territories, and it is obviously influenced by Progressive Rock. While being pretty nice, most of the song will make you wonder what the hell Accept were going for here, and the combination between Jazz and Heavy Metal is pretty weird, especially with Udo Dirkschnider trademark vocal style.
Although, Teach Us to Survive has some of the album's best instrumental work, and in contrast to the rest of the album, where the bass is barely audible, the bass shines here. Together with the bass work, due to the bands turn to a more commercial sound, the whole instrumental section went down a notch. The band still plays great though, as the standards of the last two albums are huge, and the vocals are just as good as ever. The production is also amazing, and this was Accept's first album to be recorded digitally.
To conclude, I think Metal Heart is one of the greatest 80's records. It is not as good as the band's last two albums, because of the band giving up some of their sound in order to become more popular, but it's still very essential. Metal Heart was released in May 24, The record label is Portrait and it is minutes long. Too High to Get It Right. Dogs on Leads. Teach Us to Survive.
Living for Tonite. Bound to Fail. Spotify Amazon. Screaming for a Love-Bite Accept. Had dinner with him once, lovely chap, a gent. To the album itself, I know criticism has been levelled at cribbing Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, but you can bet your burning Flying V that it was done with a tongue firmly wedged in Hoffman's grinning cheek.
To go track-by-track would seem superfluous as after crashing in with Metal Heart , you kind of know what ride you're on.
Up To The Limit is simply one of the great metal anthems, if it doesn't give you goose bumps, you just weren't there! There is no doubt that Dierk's sheen is all over this and there some decidedly Scorps-like guitar tones in the mix.
So, they wanted to expand the audience to get a slice of the US, good for them I reckon and on this album, the balance of shiny production was about right. Downhill from here on in really, until their more recent renaissance, and now we have both UDO and Accept.
Win for us in my book. I love this and will score it highly! Jonathan Novajosky : A real slasher of an album. I had never heard any of Accept's albums before this, and I mostly liked it. The title track and Dogs On Leads were standouts, but I was really waiting for something to really grab me. I finally found it in the last two minutes of the album.
The closing solo and "power chants" in Bound to Fail were so awesome and melodic, that it really made my overall impressions of this album a bit higher. Bands like Helloween, Rage, Running Wild, Risk, Kreator and Sodom — to name just the biggest and most obvious — were receiving acclaim from all magazines, and kids like me were all over their music.
Accept are hailed as the ones who opened the doors for this generation of heavy metal bands, by many commentators and many of the bands involved as well. They are part of rock history just as much as their fellow Germans Scorpions, who while Metal Heart was being recorded were touring the world like a hurricane.
With hindsight, it is no surprise Accept tried to follow in the footsteps of Scorpions by employing Dieter Dierks as producer and by making their sound more radio-friendly, but by choosing not to write any ballad and by overall sticking to the heavy side of metal they showed some real courage.
The result in my opinion has stood the test of time rather well, making Metal Heart a thoroughly enjoyable album even today. The voice of Udo is another acquired taste, but I arrived to it after enjoying equally brilliant vocalists like Mille Petrozza, Rolf Kasparek and Chris Boltendahl.
It was never going to stop me enjoying the music! Mike Ollier : Had a quick listen and the only thing that was crushed was my will to live. Truly terrible — might be OK if you're a 14 year old virgin who plays Tomb Rider in your bedroom.
Christos Sideris: My first hearing from Accept was Metal Heart when I was roughly 14 years old, still remember the feeling. Fast forward 30 years later Accept still make me feel like 14 years old every single time. One of the greatest Bands out there. Alexander Taylor : Oh yes, an incredible album from start to finish. Wolf was up there with the best in the 80s, and whilst this is more polished than the groundbreaking Restless And Wild it's a monster heavy metal album.
The fact that Accept and UDO can tour this music 30 years on make a living says it all. Check the Midnite Mover video now. So they brought in producer Dieter Dierks. It was the right move.Listen to Metal Heart on Spotify. Accept · Album · · 10 songs.