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The metal band.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Classic, if only for "Fast as a Shark" and "Balls to the Wall".

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:18 (sixteen years ago) link

"Balls to the Wall" is classic, so yes.

mcd (mcd), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:25 (sixteen years ago) link

classic for having the balls to sing "i'm burning inside/feeling the power of lust when the guy's passing by" to metal audiences, even if they did try to explain it away by claiming their chick manager wrote all the lyrics. classic also for one of the most disturbing album covers in metal history.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:28 (sixteen years ago) link

but it is true that Udo ISN'T in fact gay, right?

Stormy Davis (diamond), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I mean, not that I care one way or the other ... but that was always the rumor "oooh, he's gay", when in fact he wasn't. I thought.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:31 (sixteen years ago) link

i confess to having no idea if udo is gay or not (although the band photo on that album with the other four guys bare-chested doesn't exactly scream hetero). i have no idea about the sexuality of the singers in 90 percent of the bands i like (truth!). i only know what their songs say to me. and the songs on balls to the wall do not say to me "SWM seeks SWF."

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Sooooo classic. Restless and Wild and Balls to the Wall are distilled essence of Eurometal, like early Scorpions being administered rectal crystal meth. Udo's voice, the gameplaying with homoerotic imagery ("London Leatherboys"? C'monnnnnnn!), the campness of the musical attack itself - influenced by thrash, I'm sure, but totally undermining the sweaty machismo of that genre. The way "Balls to the Wall" breaks down into that clap/stomp/chant and then Udo growling like the German Barry White over it, the Bavarian Bierkeller quote at the beginning of "Fast As A Shark"...so much greatness...why the fuck were people listening to Motley Crue and Ratt ferchristsakes when these guys were in their pomp? Insert Blitzkrieg cliches here.

Gods. For 2 albums, at least.

Speedhump Bungle (noodle vague), Friday, 18 February 2005 21:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Priceless for having the stones and/or empty heads to peddle "crotch shot from the high-class gay leather bar" cover of "Balls" in middle America.

George Smith, Friday, 18 February 2005 22:19 (sixteen years ago) link

For reference:

sleep (sleep), Saturday, 19 February 2005 00:26 (sixteen years ago) link

(Balls to the Wall cover art)

sleep (sleep), Saturday, 19 February 2005 00:27 (sixteen years ago) link

It's so wierd...I was such a big metal fan as a kid....like 11, 12, 13 and that age...I totally remember liking Accept and Judas Priest and Queen, but having no inkling that anything vaguely homoerotic was up....I was from a small town though, maybe I was just dumb.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Saturday, 19 February 2005 00:28 (sixteen years ago) link

I saw Accept in '85 (Russian Roulette tour; they were opening for Dio). Liked them a lot. I should probably pick up some of their records - I liked the two listed above, but I liked Metal Heart and a live EP I can't remember the title of, too.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Saturday, 19 February 2005 01:18 (sixteen years ago) link

as everyone else has already said, "restless and wild" and "balls to the wall" are classic, "metal heart" less so but still good.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Saturday, 19 February 2005 02:14 (sixteen years ago) link

The inner sleeve photo of the Balls to the Wall album was even more worrying than the cover.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 19 February 2005 02:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Once again, though, "Fast as a Shark" is a complete fucking classic, the intro of which STILL cracks my ass up even after twenty-two years.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 19 February 2005 02:21 (sixteen years ago) link

"Breaker" rules, too - the only one I don't like quite so much on that one is "Midnight Highway", but I would recommend "Burning", "Breaker", "Run if You Can" and "Son of a Bitch" to anyone curious. "Restless and Wild" has some stunning guitar sounds / playing on it (not to mention the singing), and I love all the songs. I'm fond of "Accept" and especially "I'm a Rebel", too, but I won't try to convince anyone. I'm not as keen on "Balls to the Wall" - it was my indifference to the title song that kept me from bothering to listen to them in the 80's. I think "Losers and Winners", "Guardian of the Night", "Fight it Back", "Losing More Than You've Ever Had" and "Love Child" are the ones I like from that album.

Pangolino again, Saturday, 19 February 2005 02:52 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Just picked up Restless and Wild yesterday. It's full of classic riffs! Too many per song! Behind the fuzzy grinding, their song structures are very elegant too - neat without being too predictable. Musically their verses are often stronger than their choruses, but lyrically, each chorus has a classic catch phrase, irresistable in the fully metal dumb energy sense.

The drummer is right on the nail too - not afraid to do something flash here and there, just for a split second. Too much reverb everywhere, like many metal records of the period (eg, Priest's 'Defenders...').

We found ouselves wishing the songs were played faster, say at Venom pace, so that the abandon of the vocals and lyrics was matched by the music. We changed the turntable speed from 33 to 45, and that was every effective - an extrememly tight, hard riffing, breakneck swagger that resulted - until the vocals came in, of course, when the whole effect was ruined, albeit in the most amusing way.

I found that, although I enjoyed the reverb-drenched sound, I thought the songs were so strong that a dryer, more straightforward sound, such as was the UK metal style in the period 1978-80, when punk had briefly shamed metal into stripping back and getting tougher, may have suited these songs best.

moley, Saturday, 6 August 2005 23:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Balls to the Wall remains my sentimental favourite. Though "Princess of the Dawn" is pretty darn spectacular...

Hell, even Metal Heart is classic.

From 1981 to 1985, Accept were untouchable.

a. begrand (a begrand), Sunday, 7 August 2005 05:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Metal Heart is fantastic, they nail the AC/DC groove perfectly and the title track is the catchiest tune they ever wrote.

Siegbran (eofor), Sunday, 7 August 2005 19:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I was just listening to Metal Heart again - "Teach Us To Survive" is growing on me a bit. I'm still not crazy about "Dogs on Leads" and "Screaming For A Love Bite", but the rest of the album is great. I can't decide whether my favourite is "Up To the Limit", "Midnight Mover" or "Too High To Get It Right". I want to hear "Eat the Heat", because I have such trouble imagining them without Udo.

Pangolino 2, Sunday, 7 August 2005 19:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I want to hear "Eat the Heat", because I have such trouble imagining them without Udo.

"Generation Clash" was never all that bad.

a. begrand (a begrand), Monday, 8 August 2005 06:48 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Have been listening to Restless and Wild and Balls to the Wall and pretty much nothing else for most of the week. I'm sure that 20 years ago, I wouldn't have had any problem figuring this out, but if I want more bands in the vein of Accept and Scorpions and Judas Priest, where do I turn? And don't just say NWOBHM, because that's not what I'm talking about.

Are the U.D.O. albums any good?

Johnny Fever, Friday, 26 October 2007 06:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I've been listening to Balls as well, for the last 3 weeks too. 'Love Child' is my favourite.

Now I've started checking out the U.D.O. material, and although it's only been a couple of days of tooling around on LastFM, I say yes, it's definitely worth checking out. The not-quite-English eccentricity of his lyrics become very addictive. He has 11 albums out, or thereabouts, and it's got that Accept feeling to my ears.

Other artists? Hmm, maybe Saxon would hit the spot.

moley, Friday, 26 October 2007 06:28 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm listening to U.D.O. right now, and in truth it is very much in the current tradition of German power metal very well exemplified by Edguy. It isn't quite what Priest and Accept were doing back then - the new material is more expansive where that early material had the tight, kickarse, stripped back quiality that said 'Oh shit, here come the punks, we'd better deliver the goods in three minutes'.

Perhaps that time has gone for good, and if you really want that flavour, it's best to stick to the era. For example, there is German band Sinner (the name alone gives you a clue to where they're coming from), from about 1980. You might like that. The few songs I've heard from them kick a sizeable quantity of arse.

moley, Friday, 26 October 2007 06:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Ha! Yeah, "Love Child" is the song I keep coming back to as well.

I read a little bit about Sinner, so I'll be sure to check them out.

that early material had the tight, kickarse, stripped back quiality that said 'Oh shit, here come the punks, we'd better deliver the goods in three minutes'

^^^Yes, that's exactly the stuff I'm looking for!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 26 October 2007 06:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I second the Edguy recommendation, they're a great band. You might want to try Primal Fear and Gamma Ray, too. Those Germans are good at this stuff. And Udo actually has a new album out called Mastercutor, and it's not as bad as the title might indicate.

That said, the one Accept/Priest-inspired retro metal disc to own in 2007 is 3 Inches of Blood's Fire Up the Blades...not only is the singer in full Udo/Painkiller Halford mode, but the musicianship is tight as hell and the songs are very catchy. And they are equally good live. "NIGHT MARAUDERRRRS!"

A. Begrand, Friday, 26 October 2007 07:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Begrand, what's the best U.D.O album in your opinion?

moley, Friday, 26 October 2007 08:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I really lost touch of his material for a while after the 80s. He's got such a massive discography, yet I only know a few of his albums, like Animal House, which was only so-so. I have a live album that's actually pretty great, but that's mainly because he does a bunch of Accept tracks.

Every time he pulls out a power ballad, which seems to be often these days, it's just unbearable to hear.

A. Begrand, Friday, 26 October 2007 09:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Here's some lesser known ones from that era, roughly in order of preference starting with favorites.

Raven * Rock Till You Drop (Roadrunner) 81
More * Blood & Thunder (Atlantic) 82
Raven * Wiped Out (Roadrunner) 82
Overdrive * Swords and Axes (Metal for Muthas) 84
Tygers Of Pan Tang * Spellbound (MCA) 81
Manowar * Hail To England (Music for Nations) 84
Manowar * Battle Hymns (Liberty) 82
Riot * Fire Down Under (Fire Sign/Metal Bldade) 81
Anvil * Metal On Metal (Attic) 82
Angel Witch (Castle) 80
Anvil * Forged In Fire (Attic) 83
Alcatrazz * No Parole From Rock 'n' Roll (Grand Slamm) 83
Savatage * Sirens (Metal Blade) 83
Manowar * Into Glory Ride (Music for Nations) 83
Riot * Narita (Capitol) 79
Riot * Rock City (Fire Sign/Metal Blade) 77
Tank * Filth Hounds Of Hades (Action Music) 82
Hellhammer * Apocalyptic Raids (Noise) 84
Heavy Load * Metal Conquest (Thunderload) 81
Heavy Load * Death Or Glory (Thunderload) 82
Tank * This Means War (Music For Nations) 83

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 26 October 2007 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Ooh, thank you very much!!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 26 October 2007 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

also fuckin first IRON ANGEL why not

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Saturday, 27 October 2007 07:51 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...


Noodle Vague, Friday, 23 November 2007 16:52 (thirteen years ago) link

five years pass...

This band is INCREDIBLE. How did I only just recently hear them? As many mentioned above, Restless & Wild and Balls to the Wall are exhilarating teeth-clenching soaring masterpieces of classic metal. They've got riffs AND tunes for miles and they make it sound easy but not facile. Both of these records are pretty much exactly what I want to be hearing right now, and even on first listen I had that "oh man I'm going to be listening to this A LOT" thought with both. Painfully brilliant.

Clarke B., Tuesday, 15 October 2013 04:17 (seven years ago) link

Stalingrad was awesome too, from last year.

Neanderthal, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 04:21 (seven years ago) link

Breaker and Metal Heart are not-quite-classic, but still very much hold their own against those two records. And their comeback albums from 2010 and 2012 are very, very good, too.

Actually Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart were just re-released in cool expanded versions in the UK, one has the live album Staying a Life, and the other comes with the Kaizoku-Ban live EP.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 04:22 (seven years ago) link

I've never heard Breaker, but everything from Restless and Wild through Russian Roulette is great, and their three '90s albums are good, too. I don't like the reunion albums; no Udo, no Accept, as far as I'm concerned.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 11:48 (seven years ago) link

Breaker is worth hearing. "Son of a Bitch" might be one of the goofiest songs ever, but that riff is nasty.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 17:42 (seven years ago) link

nine months pass...

New Accept album, Blind Rage is out 8/19. I'd say the last two are decent, but it's hard to compete with Udo era, even the 90s albums.

The band actually existed in the form of Band X since 1968! Anyone hear anything from that era?

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 21 July 2014 15:02 (seven years ago) link

The new album's a blast, I'd say it's the strongest of the three. "Stampede" is a bit rote, but the rest of the thing is the kind of cantankerous heavy metal you expect from them. This reunion has worked out better than anyone could have imagined.

A. Begrand, Monday, 21 July 2014 15:12 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

Listening to Restless & Wild and reading that a version of the band had been going since the late 60s. I have a real hard time imagining Udo singing Beatles and Stones covers, but he had to just that, right? I'd love to see some pictures.

I don't doubt it, as even Ronnie Dio himself was around playing music forever before hitting it big in the hard rock game.

earlnash, Sunday, 22 November 2020 05:05 (eight months ago) link

i don't doubt it and was gonna quote RJD as th obvious exemplar but as much as that's entirely possible


there's an invention

Bandscamp Fryday (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 22 November 2020 05:10 (eight months ago) link


Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:41 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

who the fuck was Robert A Smith-Diesel and why did he write so many lyrics on Restless and Wild

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:05 (six months ago) link

I guess he was a Ray Haligan, Jr type songwriter except for Accept he did lyrics instead of music?

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:08 (six months ago) link

I saw some youtube video about Accepts history and I think they mentioned that it was a pseudonym for Wolf Hoffman's then girlfriend.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:11 (six months ago) link

doing a trad heavy metal run now and man, the ratchet up in intensity between verse and pre-chorus for the title track to "Balls to the Wall" is a helluvan escalation. goes from a run of the mill mid-album sounding track to an outright anthem in no time.

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:14 (six months ago) link

One of the band's girlfriends/wives did write lyrics for them, but this Smith-Diesel seems to be a real person with multiple songwriting credits for numerous acts on Discogs?

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:20 (six months ago) link

Wolf's g/f was Deaffy

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:24 (six months ago) link

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