The intro to the first track on ‘Restless & Wild’ is a snippet from an old recording of a traditional German tune titled “Ein Heller und ein Batzen”. An unusual way to open an album, but then out of nowhere comes frontman Udo Dirkschneider’s iconic scream on the opening track of ‘Restless & Wild’. It reminisces of Rob Halford, and the brilliant riff from guitarist Wolf Hoffman is the definition of Speed Metal, with many citing the band as the “Godfather’s of Speed Metal”. This album was to be the only release by German Metal legends under Heavy Metal Records, however it is considered one of the most iconic album to released by the band in the 48 years since their formation, and is considered to be their best effort to date.
Accept first formed in 1968 when original frontman Udo Dirkschneider and Michael Wagener formed a local band in Solingen in Germany under the name ‘Band X’, before eventually choosing the name Accept. A number of line up changes over the years meant that the band didn’t have a stable line up until around 1976. During that year, the band were invited to play at Rock am Rhein, one of Germany’s first Rock festivals, and after catching the eye, were offered a record deal. In 1979 the band released their debut self-titled album (‘Accept’) which had little commercial success.
The band released two more studio albums, ‘I’m A Rebel’ (1980) and ‘Breaker’ (1981), before then releasing ‘Restless & Wild’ in the U.K. under Heavy Metal Records in 1982. The album received many positive reviews, and was Accept’s first album to reach the charts in the U.K., Sweden and the Netherlands. The band have released another 10 albums since then, with the band’s most commercially successful album ‘Balls To The Wall’ being released in 1983. The success of these two releases propelled to the band to greater success, with the band going on to complete many world tours over the years, playing at some of the world’s biggest rock festivals in the process.
The band would then go on two hiatuses between 1988 and present day, with numerous more line up changes and many former members rejoining the band. The second hiatus happened between 1997 to 2005, and over that period there was no indication that the band would resurface until 2005 where the band were invited to play at numerous European festivals. These shows were a huge success and lead to a full reunion, with three albums being released since then. The band still tour regularly and will be supporting Swedish metal legends ‘Sabaton’ on their upcoming UK and European tour in January/February 2017.