Accept – Balls To The Wall
Label: Portrait – PRT 40-25791
Format: Cassette , Album
Hard Rock , Heavy Metal
A1 Balls To The Wall
A2 London Leatherboys
A3 Fight It Back
A4 Head Over Heels
A5 Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had
B1 Love Child
B2 Turn Me On
B3 Losers And Winners
B4 Guardian Of The Night
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Bass – Peter Baltes
Drums – Stefan Kaufmann
Guitar – Herman Frank , Wolf Hoffmann
Lyrics By – Accept , Deaffy
Producer, Composed By – Accept
Vocals – Udo Dirkschneider
Track B4 titled “Guardians Of The Night” on the labels.
Barcode and other identifiers
Rights Society: MCPS / BIEM
Label Code: LC 4734
Other (Distribution Code): CB 471
5.0 out of 5 stars A great slab of metal.. Accept it!,
The first thing that strikes you about Accept is the music sounds so familiar and yet so fresh. I was introduced to the band following a fantastic set at Donnington in the 80’s and have loved the band since and this album is where the affair started. The riffs on offer are a lot like a cross between the anthmatic stomping chorus’ of AC/DC and toughness of Judas Priest all be it less frantic and dear I say a bit more melody. Udo’s vocals do take a bit of getting used to but he does a wonderful job and contributes so much to what makes the band unique whilst snippets of familiar classical passages during some superb guitar work leave this band as one of the most underrated i’ve ever heard. This is classic 80’s metal but could frankly impress anyone with a love for the rock/metal genre today. Accept never were a part of the ‘hair metal’ ala Poison et al, but they were savvy enough to know hooks sell records and still managed to retain their strong metallic tradition found on earlier releases.
For yours truly, Balls To The Wall represents the apex of Accept’s glorious career. The production on Balls To The Wall has become somewhat of a template of sorts for how to make a heavy metal record sound accessible yet still as heavy as hell. The twin guitars blaze, the bass thumps, and the drums explode with simple ferocity. Croak throat Udo screams tales of the oppressed and persecuted from under the bridge where he lives.
Killer tracks? They are everywhere. This sack is full, my friend. Personal faves include the title track, London Leatherboys, Head Over Heals and Love Child. This one is a pant load of testicular fortitude and cracking nuts; essential to any metal collection. Went gold in the States.
Losers And Winners is also available in this compilation CD:
This album is just a massive masterwork of Germanic steel and metal, dark melodies clashing up against darker vibes in the back alleys of some town I really, really want to visit some day. The title track, “London Leatherboys,” “Fight It Back” and “Head Over Heels” make up an absolutely perfect opening batch of tunes, and then side A ends with “Losing More than You’ve Ever Had,” a song that will stand as one of the greatest metal songs ever recorded. Side B continues the glory, Udo Dirkschneider absolutely killing it on “Love Child” and “Turn Me On” (“I know you would like some light/but sorry, here is no lamp!” is one of the greatest lines in a metal song, ever); meanwhile, “Losers and Winners” is up there with “Losing More than You’ve Ever Had” as far as being a drop-dead Accept classic, and “Winter Dreams” is Dirkschneider at his morose best, a great way to close what is one of my favorite albums of all time. Some tend to lean Restless over Balls due to the former being thrashier and more groundbreaking for the time, but for long-lasting impact, you can’t top Balls in my books. Show me the sign of victory: this album is perfect.