Accept: Breaker/Restless And Wild
Label: CD-Maximum CDM 598-96
Format: CD, Compilation, official Release
Style: Heavy Metal
3 Run If You Can
4 Can’t Stand The Night
5 Son Of A Bitch
8 Midnight Highway
9 Breaking Up Again
10 Down And Out
Restless & Wild
1 Fast As A Shark
2 Restless And Wild
3 Ahead Of The Pack
4 Shake Your Heads
5 Neon Night
6 Get Ready
7 Demons Night
8 Flash Rockin’ Man
9 Don’t Go Stealing My Suol Away
10 Princess Of Te Dawn
Matrix / Runout: CDM 598-96
Breaker is the third album released by the German heavy metal band Accept. It was once again recorded at Delta-Studio in Wilster with Dirk Steffens producing, and was the first Accept album engineered by Michael Wagener. Bassist Peter Baltes sings lead vocal on “Breaking Up Again”, and the bridge vocal on “Midnight Highway”.
After the unsuccessful attempt at commercialism on I’m a Rebel, Accept decided not to allow any more outside people to influence the band. Pulling together in the midst of a very cold winter, the band members concentrated on making the album they themselves wanted to make. Udo Dirkschneider remembers: “Following our experiences with I’m A Rebel we made it our goal not to be influenced musically by anyone outside of the band this time.” Udo believes Breaker is among Accepts best records and marks the beginning of the bands greatest era – the album title would later become the name of Udos own record company, Breaker Records.
Wolf Hoffmann concurs: “Maybe we knew that the old approach from the record before didn’t work very well. So we were saying ‘fuck it, lets just do what we think is right. Lets not try to be somebody else, lets not try to have a radio hit anymore.'” The lone possible concession to commercial interests was the upbeat rocker “Midnight Highway”, which Wolf described as “sort of a semi-commercial attempt” and “a little too happy for my tastes.”
Much of the rest of the album is angry and defiant in tone, especially the profanity-laced “Son of a Bitch”. Udo describes that songs lyrics as “absolutely anti record company.” Wolf explains why this particular song was the only one to not have its lyrics printed inside the album: “On the initial release we thought it would be a good idea to just put “Censored” on the liner notes for the song to avoid any controversy. Well, it turns out it caused more controversy that way with everyone wanting to know who censored it.” An alternate version titled “Born to Be Whipped” was recorded with tamer lyrics. Wolf explains: “We had to change it because the British were so uptight about this kind of stuff that you couldn’t possibly release the record over there with a song called Son of a Bitch.”
All songs written and composed by Dirkschneider, Hoffmann, Fischer, Baltes, Kaufmann.
“Starlight” – 3:52
“Breaker” – 3:35
“Run If You Can” – 4:49
“Can’t Stand the Night” – 5:23
“Son of a Bitch” – 3:52
“Burning” – 5:14
“Feelings” – 4:48
“Midnight Highway” – 3:58
“Breaking Up Again” – 4:37
“Down and Out” – 3:44
Udo Dirkschneider – lead vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – lead guitar
Jörg Fischer – lead guitar
Peter Baltes – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Breaking Up Again”
Stefan Kaufmann – drums, backing vocals
In which our heroes slowly but surely become the Accept we know and love, absurd cover art betraying the killer, steely, German metal enclosed. We’re not quite at Restless and Wild levels of proto-thrash mayhem yet, but we’ve got brisk, speedy, economic and melodic Teutonic metal; we’ve got the excellent “Starlight.” We’ve got the title track, featuring probably the most effective use of the words “bicycle chains” in a metal chorus ever. We’ve got “Son of a Bitch.” We’ve got Baltes singing on the obligatory forgettable ballad again. We’ve got the excellent “Run If You Can,” perhaps the first example of Accept really tapping into their melodies to full effect. The great “Can’t Stand the Night” finds the band finally exploring a dark, moody space that’s not a rote ballad. The second half of the album finds the band absolutely confident and settling into their sound, “Burning” and “Feelings” standing as complete classics. And then there’s “Midnight Highway,” the band tapping into that great melodic commercial sound they also do so well and would peak with on Metal Heart.
“Heidiheidoeida” …..who doesn’t know this cult beginning, where after a scratch a scream and then speed hell breaks loose? “Fast As A Shark”, is one of the most important Metal cult songs ever. Mega hymns like “Princess Of The Dawn” you only write once in a lifetime. “Shake Your Heads”, “Neon Nights” or “Demons Night”, all immortal classics. Essential….
The album kicks off with one of the all-time greatest intros. If you haven’t heard it I wont ruin it for you, but I’m guessing the intro surprised more than a few fans who put their needle on this vinyl for the first time in 82 or 83.
The highlight of this album is, of course, the ferocious Fast As A Shark. This balls-out speed monster is a neck-snapping jack hammer of righteous metal awesomeness. In case your neck is still intact after Fast As A Shark, the album also includes one of my favorite fist-pounding anthems, Shake Your Heads. Another cool track (with a gnarly intro) is Neon Nights. Restless And Wild just goes to show that you should never doubt a heavy metal band with a troll for a singer; even if said troll is wearing a tight camouflage shirt with bright suspenders.
- Band members
- Udo Dirkschneider – vocals
- Wolf Hoffmann – guitars
- Herman Frank – guitars (credited, but didn’t actually perform)
- Peter Baltes – bass
- Stefan Kaufmann – drums
- Restless and Wild is the fourth studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, released in 1982 in Continental Europe and in 1983 in the US and UK. It was the first Accept album to not be recorded at Delta-Studio, the band moving to Dieter Dierks’ studio in Stommeln. It is also the first Accept album in which Udo Dirkschneider sings every track, as well as the first in which manager Gaby Hauke (“Deaffy”) gains credits for songwriting. Michael Wagener took engineering and mixing duties once again.Album information:
Jan Koemmet joined the band briefly before the release of this album, but did not participate in the recording. The guitar on the finished product is done by Wolf Hoffmann alone, although Herman Frank had joined the band by the time the album was released, and is credited on the album cover.
The album is best known for the opening track, “Fast as a Shark”, considered among the fastest speed metal songs for the time.
Another well-known track is album closer “Princess of the Dawn”, a tense song that Udo describes as “a Cinderella story” and “like a Lord of the Rings fantasy” with no deep meaning.Wolf Hoffmann achieved the haunting mandolin-like effect by recording the guitar at half-speed, then having it played back at normal speed.He describes the sudden ending as “an idea that didn’t work so well.”
Versions of the album released outside Germany were issued with a different cover, replacing the picture of burning guitars with a shot of the band live in concert.Reception
Restless and Wild has received mostly positive reviews. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic praised Restless and Wild with 4.5 out of 5 stars and called it Accept’s “creative breakthrough.” He then added, “The bottom line here is that this, like its successor Balls to the Wall, is an essential heavy metal album, and any fan worth his salt should own them both.”
Restless and Wild was Accept’s first album to chart in the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Udo has agreed with the general assessment of Restless and Wild as a landmark heavy metal record, calling it “surely the most important Accept album”. Wolf’s take: “looking back maybe we think ‘Fast as a Shark’ was the first speed metal song ever, but at the time we sorta just had fun and we didn’t think it was anything dramatically new. Obviously, maybe what was so cool about this time was that we weren’t thinking so much. We were just ballsy and tried to do things without having much to lose”.
1. “Fast as a Shark“ Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 3:49 2. “Restless and Wild“ Robert A. Smith-Diesel and Accept 4:12 3. “Ahead Of The Pack” Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 3:24 4. “Shake Your Heads” Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 4:17 5. “Neon Nights” Deaffy, Smith-Diesel and Accept 6:01 6. “Get Ready” Smith-Diesel and Accept 3:41 7. “Demon’s Night” Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 4:27 8. “Flash Rockin’ Man” Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 4:28 9. “Don’t Go Stealing My Soul Away” Smith-Diesel and Accept 3:15 10. “Princess Of The Dawn” Deaffy, Smith-Diesel and Accept 6:15