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Accept - 1985 Metal Heart



ARTIST: Accept
ALBUM: Metal Heart
LABEL: Portrait
SERIAL: RK 39974
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2002, RCA/BMG, 74321 93213 2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Udo Dirkschneider - vocals * Wolf Hoffmann - guitars * Jorg Fischer - guitars * Peter Baltes - bass * Stefan Kaufmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Metal Heart * 02 Midnight Mover * 03 Up To The Limit * 04 Wrong Is Right * 05 Screaming For A Love Bite * 06 Too High To Get It Right * 07 Dogs On Leads * 08 Teach Us To Survive * 09 Living For Tonite * 10 Bound To Fail

WEBLINKS: www.acceptworldwide.com


Background
In 1985 Accept were firmly established as one of Germany's premier metal acts, along with The Scorpions. US success had been slight but 1984's 'Balls To The Wall' was a reasonable hit, thanks to MTV's rotation of the title cuts video. 'Balls' was a continuation of the rampaging traditional metal found on earlier classics like 1980's 'Breaker' and 1982's essential 'Restless And Wild' and after supporting Kiss on their 'Animalize' tour, Accept were poised to break big. With 'Metal Heart' Udo voiced openly his displeasure at a more mainstream sound, less savage and more melodic. It undermined their progress, as Udo was easily Accept's most recognisable face. Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks was at the helm to give that desired commercial edge, something The Scorps had mastered.


The Songs
The title cut moves in a way similar to Survivor's 'Eye Of The Tiger', a chugging riff moving at medium pace. The typical deep throated Teutonic harmonies are in effect and there's a feedback strewn guitar solo four minutes in. The melody which sickened Udo rears its head during 'Midnight Mover', consummate material which is commercial enough but hardly lacking in heaviness. A staunch riff dominates 'Up To The Limit' but is obliterated by the speed of 'Wrong Is Right', a vehicle of precision like metal, that somehow lacks the beef of 82's 'Fast As A Shark'. Thin production unfortunately. Udo's rage must have doubled with the AOR of 'Screaming For A Love Bite', Accept's most successful venture into said territory. The overall sound compares to Van Halen of the period, and the hook is a heartstopper. There's a few dodgy moments, 'Dogs On Leads' and 'Teach Us To Survive' fail to thrill, the latter sounding like the boys listened to 'Hot For Teacher' for a bit too long. 'Living For Tonite' works on the basis of a crunching riff and 'Bound To Fail' is one of those triumphant 'we can win' anthems Accept were known for.


In Summary
Udo's frustration was acceptable. The sound, as mentioned, was thin in places and lacking certain instances of basic aggression. It wasn't a complete loss for metal fans, just a combination of American hard rock melody and Accept's German metal backing. It was severe enough for Udo to leave after 1986's underrated 'Russian Roulette' and begin a three year wait until 1989's pointless 'Eat The Heat' with David Reece on vocals. Of course Accept would split until reforming with Udo in 1993 and splitting for good after 1996's 'Predator'. The fact remains that Udo's subsequent solo albums following Accept (up to 1990), namely 'Mean Machine' and 'Faceless World' contained several tracks lighter than 'Metal Heart'. Maybe a bit hasty in quitting? A fine album by all means, regardless.


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#1 | Eric on December 15 2007 03:34:09
Sandwiched between Rough Cutt and headliner's Krokus at the Civic Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin in 1986, Accept impressed me as a true, no BS hard rock band and deserved a bigger audience here in the states. It was certainly one of the finest sets I have witnessed and I always wished I could have seen them as a headliner. While I liked 'Metal Heart', the first couple albums are thier best.
#2 | sabace on December 25 2007 13:15:16
Very average lp especially from Accept, better off getting the breaker lp or restless and wild.
#3 | melodiapositiva on September 28 2016 17:44:57
For me this is their weakest album apart from their first two .There's only one classic song in this album and it's 'metal heart' .There are other
good songs like midnite mover,livin for tonite or bound to fail, but they are far from the balls to the wall, restless or even breaker songs .Even wolf solos are not as good as on previous albums .Imo russian roulette was much better than this.
 
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