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Thrashback Thursday: Accept - Fast As A Shark

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In these times of trouble, with political and economic strife at home and abroad, human rights abuses and shows like Ex On The Beach, life can get you down pretty easily. Thursday has usually never been much of a day to look forward to, unless there's a decent sports game on, so we've decided to bring back one of our old columns to get your Thursdays off to a decent start. Every Thursday we'll be looking back on a metal song that's either a classic, a hidden gem or one which will make you say, "Oh! I haven't heard that in years!" Despite the title, it won't always be a thrash metal song, but it will be undisputed metal.

We kick off this reactivated retrospect with a look at one of Germany's all time greatest heavy metal bands, Accept. The band from the town of Solingen in the north of the Bergisches Land have a catalogue of awesome heavy metal staples and picking one is a hard choice, but "Fast As A Shark" has edged its way above many of the other anthems Accept have penned. The opening track from the group's 1982 album, "Restless and Wild" has been featured in a number of video games such as the metal themed adventure Brutal Legend and several films, including being played over one of the most awesome scenes in film history, towards the end of the Italian horror favourite, "Demons," wherein the main character rides a motorcycle through a cinema, decapitating creatures with a samurai sword, all to the sound of this metal masterpiece.

The song itself begins in a bizarre way, opening with a sample of the traditional German song, "Ein Heller und ein Batzen," (A Farthing and a Penny,) the recording of which also features a young Dieter Dierks, who owned the studio in which Accept recorded several albums. It soon crackles away into a high pitched scream from the unmistakable voice of singer Udo Dirkschneider and is followed by an awesome opening riff which many speed and thrash metal bands would be influenced by. The verse structure has a ferocity which wasn't common in heavy metal at the time and has something of a hardcore/d-beat sound to it, which couples with a sing along chourus which so many bands fail to produce.

To this day, the song remains an essential part of Accept's live set, while Udo Dirkschneider's live renditions throughout the years, especially on his eponymous band's recent tours, have proven that it still holds up today. This is the kind of song people mean when they describe metal as "face melting." It has been covered by several bands since its release including Helloween and Witchery and it truly the definition of a metal classic.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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1. Jon Field writes:

Glad you are bringing this feature back.
Great call.

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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

This was an essential tune in turning people on to Accept. Fast as a Shark and Son of A b**** from Breaker.

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