Accept: All The Everything Pt.9

I’ll just put it out there off the top – I wasn’t an Accept fan back in the day (I was the jazz kid), and I really don’t know much about them now except that they’re a metal band (in my mind from the 80s, though clearly they’re still going). Robert, a buddy of mine in high school likely played them for me at several points but, hanging out with Robert, everything was 80s metal so I maybe didn’t register it properly.

Worse, I bought both cassettes (listed below) at work for $0.50 each and until I got here for this series, I’d not yet played them! Good thing I’m getting to ‘em now, eh?

Also, as is obvious from the dates on these albums I have here (below), there are huge gaps in my Accept collection. In studio albums alone (to date), I am missing 11 records. Not to mention 5 live albums and 7 compilations. I am by no means an expert. 

Alright, enough padding this damn post, let’s get into the records:

1983 – Balls To The Wall (cs)

OK, I know the title track here. What a riff!  I really like the crunch of this track. Hearing it today reminds me of a weird hybrid of classic Judas Priest, Bon Scott-era AC/DC, and wee bit of Motörhead (when he’s not screaming, he sounds a bit like Lemmy). Not that I’m complaining at all. The album carries on in this vein in its entirety. The riffs are crushing whether the songs are fast or slow, and the songs have just enough without being too much. Better, it transcends its era to achieve a sort of timelessness that is really, really satisfying. Fucking epic, top to bottom. This one was certified Gold for a reason. Definite Hit, though I’ll replace cassette with CD when I can.

1986 – Russian Roulette (cs)

TV War starts us off with a 100 mph blast, whoa! Listening, as I am, on the heels of Balls To The Wall, I hear all the same things all over again and I frickin’ love it. Three years on (this is their 7th record) and Accept is business as usual, and the business of rocking the hell out is damn good. Wiki tells me this was their last album with their singer Udo Dirkschneider for another 7 years…

There’s a swagger to what they do, a bluesy metal stomp that could easily be parody in the hands of lesser bands, but these guys nail it track after track after track. Another Hit, though again I’ll replace cassette with CD when I can. I’d play this one anytime. It’s really quite awesome.

2010 – Blood Of The Nations (cd)

I already wrote this one up (link in album title, above), but of course for this series I had to play it through again. There’s a gap in my Accept collection so huge as to make my perspective all off when it comes to what happened in between. Thank goodness for the internet! As I learned, “It is the band’s first studio recording since 1996’s Predator and the first album to feature vocalist Mark Tornillo and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann. It is the first Accept album without Udo Dirkschneider on vocals since Eat the Heat (1989), and the band’s first album to feature guitarist Herman Frank since Balls to the Wall (1983).”

All that to discover that this is another full-on metal record with not a stinker track to be found. Even though it was recorded in 2010, it could easily fit into the 80s with the other albums I heard before it.

You know, three records into listening to these guys and I’m starting to think they were unable to make a bad track. Statistically, of course, over a career as long as theirs this is nigh on an impossible claim, but all I hear here is beautiful, crisp, clean metal that makes you smile. Definite Hit. Accept is 3/3!

In Sum: 

Going into this series, I thought maybe this would be another band for which a compilation would be enough to make me happy. Now, having heard three of their albums (despite being decades apart), I wonder if the albums proper are the way to go, because all three of these are Hits for sure. What say you, Dear Readers? What’s more Acceptable for you, compilation or albums?

 

Series Stats:

9 posts
27 albums

19 hit
8 quit

20 CD
1 LP
7 CS

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Posted on May 24, 2017, in posts by aaron. Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. Accept is not the kind of band for whom you need everything. Their 90s output…very uneven.

    Me personally I have the Tornillo albums and early Udo. Eat the Heat I own, but it’s skipable.

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    • So… compilation? Recommend one?

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      • No. But don’t buy all the albums. Just the essentials. You’ll have to do that research and decide. I avoid the 90s.

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        • Cool. I’ll be in Taranna in a few days, will see what I find…

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        • I looked into the compilations, for shits and giggles. Doesn’t look like any of them are perfect:

          1983 Best Of Accept – covers first four records, excludes Balls To The Wall.

          1984 Metal Masters – just compiles albums I’m a Rebel and Breaker

          1985 Metal Masters – just compiles albums Accept and I’m A Rebel

          1986 Hungry Years – covers Breaker, I’m A Rebel, Restless & Wild

          1991 The Collection – covers all albums up to 1991, excluding Eat The Heat.

          1992 No Substitutes – covers early years, excludes big songs

          1994 Restless The Best – covers first four records, nothing post-1982.

          2000 Hot And Slow – covers Balls To The Wall through 1996’s Predator

          2013 Playlist: The Very Best Of – covers Restless & Wild, Balls To The Wall, Metal Heart and Russian Roulette.

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  2. I usually go for albums too. If I need a best-of, Spotify is good enough. Also, Blood of the Nations is such a solid release! 🙂

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    • BOTN is really satisfying! I generally prefer albums too, as I always find deep cuts I like that would never make a comp. But with a band in a career as long as these guys, I wondered if maybe a comp might cover it, ya know? Thanks Jade!

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  3. Dude you have YOUR BALLS TO THE WALL MAN! hahaha….that and Metal Heart are the only two I own well I also had Eat The Heat…
    Popoff wrote a great book on Accept and like i said when I reviewed it they were just one of those bands I wanted to read about as the never really got much press….
    Basically BTTW is the only one …I remember hearing Russian Roulette when it first came out on cassette and my first impression was ..”I like BTTW & MH better”

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  4. It’s a vote for find the good albums if you want more. Only rarely do I opt for compilations (usually if they’re cheap and I know the albums won’t interest me).

    I have Blind Rage somewhere. That’s a winner, if you’re looking for a ‘what next’ recommendation.

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  5. Umm I’m afraid I use my Accept Greatest Hits to stop my Ac/DC albums being pushed against the wall.

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