Sunday Old School: Teutonic Terrors, Accept
Band Photo: Accept (?)
While most people will tell you that heavy metal was born in Great Britain, the same people will tell you that metal's home is in Germany. Germany has several large festivals dedicated to the genre, and has produced some of the best bands ever to pick up a guitar, including the Teutonic Thrash Scene, the only thrash metal movement than can be seen as a legitimate rival to the American scene. Most of the bands from the Teutonic thrash era will explain however, that they may never have found their sound, without the influence of a band from Solingen named Accept.
Accept was originally formed in 1968 by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and guitarist Michael Wagener under the name Band X and performed at an amateur level for around eight years before being offered a spot on the Rock am Rhein bill. The performance at the festival was impressive and led to the band receiving a record deal shortly after. They released a self-titled album in 1979 but found little success with the record and as a result, guitarist Gerhard Wahl and drummer Frank Friedrich, being replaced by Stefan Kaufmann and Jörg Fischer respectively. Accept would find greater rewards with their next album, "I'm A Rebel" however, resulting in their first televised performance, with even more success coming the next year when the band released, "Breaker," which earned them a spot supporting Judas Priest on their "Point Of Entry" tour. The group began evolving their sound somewhat with their next album, "Restless And Willd," which would prove to have a profound effect on the speed metal genre.
The band would finally achieve the success and impact they deserved in 1983 when they released their fifth album, "Balls To The Wall," which spawned the outstanding title track as well as other fan favourites. The album met with some controversy in the United States however, as many viewed the album to have homoerotic tendencies, owing to songs such as "London Leatherboys" (which is actually about bikers) and "Love Child." The band and management denied such allegations but stated that the album was a tribute of sorts to suppressed and oppressed minorities everwhere. Riding on the success of "Balls To The Wall," the group released their sixth album, "Metal Heart" in 1985, which again was extremely well received and featured another fantastic title track.
However, as time went on, tensions within the band led to Accept disbanding for the first time in 1987, leaving Dirkschneider free to pursue a solo career. The hiatus did not last long though, and several of the band's members resurrected the group the following year, only this time with a new vocalist in the form of David Reece. This lineup only recorded one album entitled, "Eat The Heat" which was panned by critics, which contributed to the band breaking up once again in 1989, along with tensions other members had with their new singer.
Eventually, after a live compilation entitled, "Staying A Life" was released, the band granted the wishes of fans all over the world and reunited, this time with Dirkschneider back in the fold. They wrote and recorded a new album named, "Objection Overruled," which was well received by fans and helped made the reunion a qualified success. After the release of their next album, 1994's, "Death Row," the band parted with drummer Kaufmann as his recurring back injury prevented him from continuing his position behind the kit. Other members of the band also felt that the life they had on the road had worn them down somewhat and their next album should be their last. Accept released, "Predator" in 1996 and toured the world in support of the album, finishing their lengthy run in Tokyo. After this, the band retired, with each member pursuing their own musical interests, save for a few reunion shows in 2005.
Once again however, the band decided to come back in 2009, with the intention of writing new material, though this time, Dirkschneider refused to participate in the reunion, leaving the band to find a new vocalist for the first time in twenty years. They found their replacement in former TT Quick singer Mark Tornillo and began work on their next album with producer Andy Sneap. Finally, this year will see, and in Europe has already seen, the band's first release in fourteen years in the shape of "Blood Of The Nations" (reviewed here), which has already garnered a hugely positive reception from critics and will be released in North America on September 14th.
Accept - Balls To The Wall
Accept - Fast As A Shark
Accept - Metal Heart
Accept - Teutonic Terror
Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.
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