Accept was one of the top heavy metal bands of the 1980's. I became a fan when "Restless & Wild" came out. Their sheer speed and aggression along with Udo's Dirkschneider's high pitched shriek made me an instant fan. Songs like "Fast as a Shark" had a distinct effect on the evolution of thrash and speed metal.

Accept-I'm A Rebel/Breaker (CMC International) 1979/1980

I'm A Rebel I'm A Rebel
disc one:
1."I'm a Rebel" (3:57)
2."Save Us" (4:33)
3."No Time to Lose" (4:35)
4."Thunder and Lightning" (4:01)
5."China Lady" (3:56)
6."I Wanna Be No Hero" (4:00)
7."The King" (4:10)
8."Do It" (4:11)
Breaker Breaker
disc two:
1."Starlight" (3:52)
2."Breaker" (3:35)
3."Run if You Can" (4:49)
4."Can't Stand the Night" (5:22)
5."Son of a Bitch" (3:55)
6."Burning" (5:15)
7."Feelings" (4:48)
8."Midnight Highway" (3:58)
9."Breaking up Again" (4:49)
10."Down and Out" (3:42)

The first three Accept discs are a mixed affair. "Restless & Wild" was the first disc I got into, so the first three never quite matched up. Up until CMC released this cool double disc, these discs were relatively hard to find on cd. Actually the second disc "Breaker" is a decent heavy metal disc that stands up to "Restless & Wild" and "Balls to the Walls" (well almost) Songs like "Starlight," "Breakers" and "S.O.B" stand the test of time well. I'm A Rebel, however, sounds a bit more dated and nowhere near as good as the aforementioned discs. "Save Us" actually sounds like a disco tune with it's funky bass lines. GAK! Cool double disc, however. The insert is a single page with no photos, no lyrics and very little credit info. At least the cover art is the original art. Paid $13.98 for a used copy. Probably didn't cost that much new in 1994 when this double disc was released. Oh well, that'll teach me to wait to long. Now out of print!

Metallium has recorded a cover of "Burn". U.D.O. recorded "I'm A Rebel."

Metal Masters Accept-Metal Masters (Razor Records)

1. "Lady You" (3:01)
2. "Tired of Me" (3:13)
3. "Seawinds" (4:29)
4. "Sounds of War" (4:35)
5. "Free Me Now" (3:00)
6. "Glad to Be Alone" (5:12)
7. "That's Rock n Roll" (2:52)
8. "Helldriver" (2:40)
9. "I'm a Rebel" (3:58)
10. "Save Us" (4:33)
11. "No Time to Lose" (4:30)
12. "Thunder & Lightning" (4:01)
13. "China Lady" (3:54)
14. "The King" (4:10)
15. "Do It" (4:08)

I bought this German import assuming, by the cover of the lady with the chainsaw, that this was the first Accept disc. While it has some of the songs off that album, what it actually is is a "Best of" their first three discs. Oh well, guess I will have to hold on to the crappy vinyl copy for a while longer.

Restless & Wild Accept-Restless & Wild (Portrait) 1982

1. "Fast As a Shark" (3:48)
2. "Restless & Wild" (4:12)
3. "Ahead of the Pack" (3:25)
4. "Shake Your Heads" (4:18)
5. "Neon Nights" (6:01)
6. "Get Ready" (3:41)
7. "Demon's Night" (4:28)
8. "Flash Rockin' Man" (4:28)
9. "Don't Go Stealin' My Soul Away" (3:13)
10."Princess of the Dawn" (6:17)

A genuine heavy metal classic. No metal fan should be without this disc. It contains one of the very first speed metal/thrash songs "Fast As a Shark." (A song covered by Forte, Rage and Steel Prophet) "Princess of the Dawn" is a concert favorite and was played live right up to the time Accept folded some ten years later. Actually there is not a bad song on this disc. This was the first Accept disc that I went looking for when replacing my old records.

Balls to the Wall Accept-Balls to the Wall (Portrait) 1983

1. "Balls To The Wall" (5:42)
2. "London Leatherboys" (3:51)
3. "Fight It Back" (3:38)
4. "Head Over Heels" (4:25)
5. "Losing More Than You've Ever Had" (5:10)
6. "Love Child" (3:34)
7. "Turn Me On" (5:12)
8. "Losers And Winners" (4:19)
9. "Guardian Of The Night" (4:24)
10. "Winterdreams" (4:52)

This was the album that broke Accept lose in America. The title track became their calling card. To this day when you mention Accept you'll get the reply, "Didn't they record "Balls to the Wall?" Not much to say on this album except that it is one of the all time classics of heavy metal. Udo strut his stuff all over this one. My wife still cringes every time she hears those balls being squeezed in the title track. Worth the $9.99 I paid to replace my crappy vinyl.

Hammerfall does a killer version of 'Head Over Heels' with Udo sharing lead vocals.

Metal Heart Accept-Metal Heart (Epic) 1985

1.   "Metal Heart" (5:19)
2.   "Midnight Mover" (3:05)
3.   "Up to the Limit" (3:47)
4.   "Wrong Is Right" (3:08)
5.   "Screaming for a Love-Bite" (4:06)
6.   "Too High to Get It Right" (3:47)
7.   "Dogs on Leads" (4:23)
8.   "Teach Us to Survive" (3:32)
9.   "Living for Tonite" (3:33)
10.   "Bound to Fall" (4:58)

When this one came out I thought that Accept had sold out. It was so much more commercial than their past two albums. I didnít buy it for the longest time. Listening to it now, although it is not as aggressive as "Ball to the Wall" or especially "Restless & Wild" it's still a very good heavy metal disc. Picked this one up new relatively cheap ($7.99).

Russian Roulette Accept-Russian Roulette
(Epic) 1986

1.   "T.V. War" (3:26)
2.   "Monsterman" (3:24)
3.   "Russian Roulette" (5:23)
4.   "It's Hard to Find a Way" (4:19)
5.   "Aiming High" (4:25)
6.   "Heaven Is Hell" (7:11)
7.   "Another Second to Be" (3:16)
8.   "Walking in the Shadow" (4:27)
9.   "Man Enough to Cry" (3:13)
10. "Stand Tight" (4:10)

Not a bad Accept album, but no where near as memorable as any of the last four albums. I only recently obtained a copy to complete the collection. UDO left soon after "Russian Roullette" due to creative differences with guitarist Wolf Hoffman and formed U.D.O.. Wolf wanted to continue exploring the commercial metal formula of the previous year's "Metal Heart," while vocalist Udo Dirkschneider wanted a return to the heavy metal approach of their uncompromising breakthrough "Balls to the Wall." This disagreement over style may have been why "Russian Roullette" was such an unfocused album. Bought my copy through Dream Disc for a mere $6.

Eat the Heat Accept-Eat the Heat (Epic) 1989

1.   X-T-C (4:26)
2.   Prisoner (4:15)
3.   Love Sensation (4:42)
4.   Chain Reaction (4:37)
5.   D-Train (4:04)
6.   Generation Clash (4:25)
7.   Turn the Wheel (6:23)
8.   Mistreated (4:58)
9.   Stand 4 What U R (5:29)
10.   Hellhammer (6:54)
11.   Break the Ice ()

No Udo Dirkschneider, No ACCEPT! This is a weak commercial piece of crap that sounds nothing like the German power metal that Accept are pioneers of. Now if this album had come out under another name, this album probably would have done better, but as I said, no UDO, no ACCEPT!

Staying A Life Accept-Staying A Life (Epic) 1990

1.   "Metal Heart" (5:26)
2.   "Breaker" (3:41)
3.   "Screaming for a Love Bite" (4:32)
4.   "Up To The Limit" (4:46)
5.   "Living for Tonight" (3:35)
6.   "Princess of the Dawn" (7:48)
7.   "Guitar Solo-Wolf Holfmann" (4:31)
8.   "Restless & Wild" (2:32)
9.   "Son of A Bitch" (2:34)
10. "London Leatherboys" (3:55)
11. "Love Child" (5:00)
12. "Flash Rockin' Man" (6:32)
13. "Dog On Leads" (5:53)
14. "Fast As a Shark" (5:26)
15. "Balls to the Wall" (10:28)

This album was suppose to be the end of Accept as they had supposedly called it a day. It didn't happen, but this live offering shows Accept in their prime on the "Metal Heart" tour. Every song is well executed and the production is excellent. Good way to introduce someone to the bands large catalogue.

Breakers on Stage Accept-Breakers On Stage (BMG Greece)

1 "Metal Heart" -live (5:26)
2. "Breaker" -live (3:40)
3. "Living for Tonight" -live (3:53)
4. "Princess of the Dawn" -live (7:49)

A short little import ep that is a nice little collector's disc but not much else as the songs are all exactly the same as on "Staying A Life." Got it in a trade for a tape I bought for a buck.

Objection Overruled Accept-Objection Overruled 1992

1.   "Objection Overruled" (3:38)
2.   "I Don't Wanna Be Like You" (4:19)
3.   "Protectors of Terror" (4:03)
4.   "Slaves to Metal" (4:37)
5.   "All or Nothing" (4:32)
6.   "Bulletproof" (5:05)
7.   "Amamos la Vida" (4:39)
8.   "Sick, Dirty and Mean" (4:33)
9.   "Donation" (4:48)
10. "Just by My Own" (3:29)
11.  This One's for You" (4:10)

Accept in the 90's have not really changed much. Accept know what they do best and that is play METAL! Some decent songs on this reunion disc with UDO back at the healm. Favorites songs are "Slaves to Metal" and "Objection Overruled."

Death Row Accept-Death Row (Pavement) 1994

1. "Death Row" (5:17)
2. "Sodom & Gomorra" (6:28)
3. "The Beast Inside" (5:57)
4. "Dead On!" 4:52
5. "Guns 'R' Us" (4:40)
6. "Like A Loaded Gun" (4:18)
7. "What Else" (4:38)
8. "Stone Evil" (5:52)
9. "Bad Habits Die Had" (4:41)
10. "Prejudice" (4:14)
11. "Bad Habits Die Hard" (4:41)
12. "Generation Clash II"(5:04)
13. "Writing on the Wall" (4:25)
14. "Drifting Away" -instrumental (3:02)
15. "Pomp & Circumstance" -instrumental (3:44)

Accept as a single guitar band still rock heavy! As long as UDO is behind the mic, Accept will always sound like Accept, but without the dual guitars, the music suffers only slightly. Of the post reunion cds "Death Row" is my favorite and also has the most memorable songs. The title track and "Sodom & Gomorra" are two very good Accept tunes. The last two tracks are more of Stefan Kauffman solo tracks than Accept tracks; sounding a bit like Joe Satriani or Steve Via.

Predator Accept-Predator (RCA) 1996

1.   "Hard Attack" (4:46)
2.   "Crossroads" (5:13)
3.   "Making Me Scream" (4:14)
4.   "Diggin' in the Dirt" (4:01)
5.   "Lay It Down" (5:02)
6.   "It Ain't over Yet" (4:17)
7.   "Predator" (3:37)
8.   "Crucified" (3:01)
9.   "Take out the Time" (3:12)
10. "Don't Give a Damn" (2:58)
11. "Run Through the Night" (3:19)
12. "Primitive" (4:38)

Another fine true metal album with 'ol Udo and Co.! Unfortunately, it would be their last. Loads of cool riffs that the Scorpions should check into, as Accept have stayed much more interesting than their fellow German metallers.

The Final Chapter Accept-The Final Chapter (CMC International) 1998

1.   "Starlight" (5:23)
2.   "London Leatherboys" (4:43)
3.   "I Don't Wanna Be Like You" (4:29)
4.   "Breaker" (4:49)
5.   "Slaves to Metal" (5:15)
6.   "Princess of the Dawn" (10:46)
7.   "Restless and Wild" (2:47)
8.   "Son of a Bitch" (3:27)
9.   "This One's for You" (4:09)
10. "Bulletproof" (6:18)
11.  "Too High to Get It Right" (5:44)

12.   "Metal Heart" (6:20)
13.   "Fast as a Shark" (3:51)
14.   "Balls to the Wall" (11:11)
15.   "What Else" (5:28)
16.   "Sodom & Gomorra" (6:40)
17.   "Beast Inside" (6:26)
18.   "Bad Habits Die Hard" (4:53)
19.   "Stone Evil" (4:33)
20.   "Death Row" (6:03)

"The Final Chapter" was recorded during the band's final tour. It was designed as Accept's farwell album, which is a respectable way to depart. All songs are well executed and have that live energy that makes live discs so important. A great way to go out and an excellent testament to one of the heaviest German bands of the 1980s.

On crappy vinyl: Accept-self titled

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