Featuring a rather rough looking broad with a massive chainsaw on the front cover, this was the debut release for these now German heavy metal legends. Accept are even a household name in the genre, especially in their homeland where several newer acts have found inspiration in their music. So what was it all about during this time in the band’s tenure? Quite simply, Accept were rockin’ out. Accept feels like a classic heavy metal album, because it is – and you just don’t hear a disc that sounds like this anymore, in the same class as that of Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Saxon and several others in the English birthplace of the very genre itself. “Lady Lou” gives us a straight-forward rocker, while “Tired Of Me” packs on a thick chorus line. “Seawinds” shows us that at one time frontman Udo Dirkschneider actually used a far cleaner vocal tone, which I really wish would have stood the test of time compared to the high-pitched style that we are used to these days. I feel that this track is something of an under-appreciated gem, which hearkens slightly back to the sixties, where it decorates with astonishing guitar melodies. It’s not “Balls To The Wall” right now, but it shows that the band were capable of so much more than that.
“Take Him In My Heart” feels like filler at first, but once the chorus gets going, it will be very difficult to drive it from your cranium. Trust me. “Sounds Of War” features a slightly darker tone as it mixes that leftover prog-rock style with a hard-rock edge. Again, essential Accept here, there’s no doubt in my mind. The tag-team lineup of Wolf Hoffman on leads and Jörg Fischer handling the rhythms and solos is something that really made Accept pop. Listen to the two pieces I’ve provided here, which will show just how masterful the work was, and why it was essential to be re-released into today’s heavy metal generation. I just can’t get over how fantastic some of these tunes are. You don’t hear it anymore, either. When these guys made their ballads, they made their ballads. According to the interview included at the end of the album, it seems that Germany didn’t know how to react to this kind of music at first; but I know that someone there must have felt the same way about these incredible compositions, regardless of the fact that at this stage the work was still considered “proto-heavy metal” in any sense. But even if it’s not heavy enough for you, I really hope that you will appreciate this as a truly killer rock disc. It’s well over forty years old, and is literally just as relevant now as it was back then. I hate to sound like the old guy, but maybe I am at this point. I’m starting to find more in common with classic metal approaches this year than I have with some of the more modern stuff, this record really being a testament to that. As of right now, only the first four albums have been released as “platinum editions” but maybe in the future, the others will appear. I would be more than happy to listen to those as well. Just as the label says, this is heavy metal history.
(11 Tracks, 40:00)