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Accept - 1981 Breaker

ARTIST: Accept
ALBUM: Breaker
LABEL: Brain
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1992, Brain, 815 622-2 * 2000, Nuclear Blast, NB 483-2 * 2005 SPV, SPV 076-69782 CD


LINEUP: Udo Dirkschneider - vocals * Wolf Hoffmann, Jorg Fischer - guitar * Peter Baltes - bass * Stefan Kauffmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Starlight * 02 Breaker * 03 Run If You Can * 04 Can't Stand The Night * 05 Son Of A Bitch * 06 Burning * 07 Feelings * 08 Midnight Highway * 09 Breaking Up Again * 10 Down And Out


After a pair of uneven albums to open their career, Accept finally started coming into their own with 'Breaker' during the legendary year of 1981. It's easy to see how 'Breaker' could have been lost in the shuffle with the plethora of classic heavy metal albums released that year, but it saw the band finally developing an identity that's served them for the remainder of their long career. This isn't to say 'Accept' and 'I'm A Rebel' were weak efforts, but the direction was unclear and 'Breaker' by comparison barely sounds dated now, even after 35 years. The only question I have after all these years is the album cover. What is it supposed to represent? A scantily clad woman, barbed wire running between her ears and a look of shock on her face, as if Udo just revealed a package belying his diminutive height. Or is it something more obscure?

The Songs
This sounds like an entirely different band to the previous album, the riffs now solidly metallic, with Udo belting out the vocals in gruff style on opener 'Starlight' where the guitar tandem is on fire. For 1981 this lays waste to many a band, especially the glut of NWOBHM pretenders. 'Breaker' moves at speed, a precursor to 'Fast As A Shark' and the near speed metal onslaught. 'Can't Stand The Night' is a Scorpions type ballad, with the obligatory acoustic guitars present, while the profanity laden 'Son Of A Bitch' ruffled feathers with its graphic lyrics, supposedly a jab at the record industry. 'Burning' is a boogie workout with Krokus overtones and something you hear modern day rockers like Bullet emulate to this day. Peter Baltes takes vocals for the melancholy ballad 'Breaking Up Again' which is in stark contrast to the superior likes of 'Down And Out' where Udo regales the audience with tales of life as a social outcast. More importantly it's scathingly heavy, for me where the band always excelled.

In Summary
This met with success all over Europe and established Accept as a top-tier act, which they solidified with 'Restless And Wild' a year later. It sometimes gets overlooked in favor of the next pair of classics, but it's able to stand alongside the best of the bands work and is eminently better than their tepid recent output. [word count 381]

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#1 | reyno-roxx on February 08 2016 21:10:55
I first saw Accept opening up for Judas Priest at Hammersmith Odeon in 1981. I don't think this album was even released in the UK at the time and they were billed as Attack on the outside of the venue. Udo still had long hair and sported a quite remarkable pair of silver glitter spandex trousers. But the set was fantastic and within a month or so I had bagged the 'Breaker' album and the self titled debut on a Christmas holiday trip back to Germany where my family lived at the time. I played the hell out of 'Breaker'. What a record for its time!
#2 | Nick C on February 09 2016 00:59:39
Dave, exactly the same happened to me. I went to see Priest (I'd been into Accept since grabbing their first album on fact when I was in Canada for 3 months in 1980 I had a mate back home pick up a copy of I'm a Rebel for me just in case I missed it!) - I was expecting some band called Attack - in the foyer I didn't even notice the Accept T-shirts. I sat down and the band came on and started with Starlight I thought 'bloody hell this is a rip off of something', and then Udo strode on (this was pre combats but he was unmistakable) at that point I lost it, up on my seat shouting for Son of a Bitch half the night, was quite close to the front and I'd like to believe they heard me as they played it, probably didn't though. I felt a hand on my shoulder trying to make me sit down and thought it was one of my mates, but it was a bouncer so I had to calm down a bit hahaha! One of my other mates was going the second night so I had him grab me a t-shirt. I'm sure I have a tape somewhere of that actual Accept set.
#3 | david on February 09 2016 01:30:20
I too saw them at Hammy Odeon in 1981. I bought the first two Accept albums from HMV in Enfield around 1980. My mum and dad used to do day trips to France back then and they bought me back Breaker. I remember Bernard Doe giving me an advance tape of Restless and Wild and almost wetting my pants over it.
#4 | Nick C on February 09 2016 10:34:49
Heh! I took Restless and Wild to the rock night at Tiffany's in Rochdale and asked the DJ to play Fast as a Shark....had so many people asking me what it was later (I was always taking in stuff in to play...I think I took Breaker in the year before). It was soon after Restless and Wild was released that I noticed the real groundswell of support for the band over here start.

update: flippin heck - just noticed I mentioned all the stuff earlier in my comment on the first Accept album....the only difference is I ended up picking up all the CDs since and I didn't grab the shirt between sets my mate Claz did the next night - think I was getting mixed up with when I got the Queensryche Warning shirt between sets when they supported Dio . What a repetitive bore I am! Grin
#5 | tompa on February 09 2016 16:30:40
Those first three songs was an awesome way to start an album. So good I could hardly believe it at the time.
#6 | dangerzone on February 09 2016 22:35:03
Any theories on the album cover from the experts here?hmm!
#7 | melodiapositiva on February 10 2016 16:07:18
i think i know what it means; the wire through the ears of the lady is the music of accept that breaks (breaker) your timpanes ...
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