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Accept - 1989 Eat The Heat



ARTIST: Accept
ALBUM: Eat The Heat
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: EK 44368
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2002, RCA/BMG, 74321 93211 2 (bonus tracks, remastered)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Wolf Hoffmann - guitars * Jim Stacey - guitars * Peter Baltes - bass * Stefan Kaufmann - drums * David Reece - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 XTC * 02 Prisoner * 03 Love Sensation * 04 Chain Reaction * 05 D-Train * 06 Generation Clash * 07 Turn The Wheel * 08 Mistreated * 09 Stand 4 What U R * 10 Hellhammer

WEBLINKS: www.acceptworldwide.com


Background
This is of course the most controversial album of Accept's career, reason being the absence of original vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, who by the time of 'Eat The Heat's' release in 1989, had already recorded two solo albums, 'Animal House' and 'Mean Machine, while the remaining members of Accept struggled to find a replacement for the ubiquitous voice of the band. Initially ex Baby Tuckoo singer Rob Armitage was selected, but the British singer was soon deposed as not having the ideal voice for the band. I would dispute that decision, based on Armitage's powerful exhibitions on Baby Tuckoo's previous two classic albums, he certainly fitted the mould. Instead, American David Reece was chosen, formerly of Minneapolis based US rockers Dareforce. With another American, Jim Stacey, adding guitar, the album appeared doomed. Fans couldn't picture the band without Udo, plus the three year wait for a new album curtailed Accept's push to the upper leagues of the metal ranks.


The Songs
Opinions will always be divided on 'Eat The Heat', but it is a classy effort, with naturally more of an American feel than before. Reece's vocals easily made the grade and opener 'X-T-C-' is one of the best tracks of Accept's career. Reece's impassioned vocals contain as much grit as Udo, easily hitting the high notes. The traditional riffs were intact to a large degree as were the uniquely German backing vocals. All muscle and no cop out. 'Prisoner' rates as near AOR, easily fitting in with the majority of late 80's US Hard Rock acts, melodically faultless. 'Love Sensation' treads the same boards, usurped by the excitement of 'Chain Reaction' and its desperate hook. Metal heights are scaled with the rampant 'D-Train', which indicated Accept hadn't forgotten their roots, Hoffmann's solo is savage with Kaufmann's drumming giving the necessary urgency. 'Generation Clash' is a heady anthem that was later reworked on Accept's 1994 'Death Row', Party metal is included in the shape of 'Turn The Wheel', the rowdy chorus one of the best of its kind. 'Mistreated' has nothing to do with Deep Purple, but is a lengthy ballad in its own right, perhaps overlong. 'Hellhammer' is a primal slice of heavy metal, bludgeoning riffs hammering the point home and paired with the worthwhile likes of 'Stand 4 What U Are' and 'Break The Ice' complete a marvellous outing.


In Summary
Despite the albums merits it was never destined to work out and the band imploded on the resulting tour, with the famous fight between Reece and Baltes and Kaufmann's degenerative back condition leading to Ken Mary replacing him. Without Udo the fans weren't interested and the band disbanded shortly after the tour. A shame really, but hardly a surprise. Reece formed Bangalore Choir for an album, but has barely been hard from since, while the rest of Accept have reformed twice since the initial split, with Udo at the helm of course. Udo once sung his own version of 'X-T-C-' on an Accept tribute album, something I haven't heard, but a worthy salute to a track and album which deserves a better reputation than the one imposed upon it almost by force.


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#1 | sabace on April 05 2006 14:24:00
great rock lp totally under rated, a fave of mine . I mean you can't go wrong with tracks like opener x t c and generation clash!
#2 | Carlos Ramirez on September 03 2014 00:00:54
I love David Reece's vocals, but I never thought his inclusion in the Accept ranks worked for either party. That said, there are a couple of tracks on the album that I enjoy. Reece's work on the first Bangalore Choir, On Target, is recommended for fans of American-flavored AOR.
 
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