Category: ACCEPT


Metal legend UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER has turned 70 few days ago and to celebrate properly, the German is releasing his most personal album to date. “My Way” contains 17 cover versions of songs that have influenced the musician and singer the most. Among them are all kinds of classics (by QUEEN, AC/DC, LED ZEPELIN, etc.) but also some that you might not have expected from Udo.
Behind all the tracks there is not only a very personal story, but also a sometimes surprising arrangement, which in spite of their very individual implementation but live and breathe Udo’s handwriting at any time.
The cover album also makes one thing clear: just how many in the music industry have come and gone over the years. Yet, Udo Dirkschneider is still here…

U.D.O. – Game Over [Japanese Edition +1] (2021)

While he recently released the debut album of DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG with former ACCEPT bandmates Peter Baltes and Stefan Kaufmann, Udo Dirkschneider’s own band U.D.O. is still active, and ready to release their new album “Game Over” this week. This Japanese Edition will be released tomorrow, including an exclusive bonus track.
There’s a lot of U.D.O. to sink your teeth into here. 17 tracks in total on this Japan version. 17 tracks of heavy, hard rock and classic metal to head-bang too. Age is but a number when it comes to Udo Dirkschneider and his vocals sound as amazing as they did 40 years ago. At least into the studio.
Though the rest of the band are no slouches; throwing out the riffs, hooks, beats and solos like this is some sort of retirement record…

DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG – Every Heart Is Burning (2021)

DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG, the project featuring former ACCEPT members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Peter Baltes (bass) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar), are ready to release their debut EP “Every Heart Is Burning” tomorrow via AFM Records on CD, a 12-inch vinyl and a download.
DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG, which is rounded out by Udo’s son Sven Dirkschneider (drums), Manuela Bibert (vocals) and Mathias Dieth (guitar), are a resume of German’s metal history, and yes, the songs on “Every Heart Is Burning” sounds a lot like classic ACCEPT…

U.D.O. – Live In Bulgaria Pandemic Survival Show (2021)

Last year forced many to face tough challenges, but U.D.O. managed to play a show on September 18, 2020 under pandemic conditions in front of 2,500 fans at the Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, making it one of few rock n’ roll shows under coronavirus.
Live In Bulgaria Pandemic Survival Show” captures the German metal band fronted by ex-ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider performing his most recent fan favorites, but there were a number of tracks that had rarely been played live, and because the situation was extra special, U.D.O. delighted the audience by playing some ACCEPT hits like ‘Metal Heart’, ‘Balls to the Wall’, and more…

ACCEPT – I’m A Rebel [Japan SHM-CD remastered Ltd numbered mini-LP] Out Of Print

To complete ACCEPT‘s early albums reissue here’s the out of print, Japanese remastered Ltd numbered mini-LP release of the band’s second effort, “I’m A Rebel“, pressed on SHM-CD.
The album finds Accept continuing to search for their musical direction, experimenting with a more commercial sound than on their debut, some kind oh Scorpions meets AC/DC. Bassist Peter Baltes once again sings lead vocals on two tracks, the slower-paced songs “No Time to Lose” and “The King”.
The title track was written by Alex Young, eldest brother of record producer and musician George Young and AC/DC guitarists Angus Young and Malcolm Young. The song became the basis for the band’s first music video and single.

ACCEPT – Restless And Wild [Platinum Edition remastered +2]

As requested, here’s more from the AFM Records updated, latest remastered versions of German metal legends ACCEPT early albums (including bonus tracks) in a series titled ‘Platinum Edition‘.
For many, “Restless And Wild” is the best album from their career, and for sure the one which put Accept on the map world-wide.
This particular album marked a major turning point in Accept’s career. They had released 3 albums so far, but this one, “Restless And Wild” was the first to receive global distribution including North America.
While the previous records had a strong Scorpions sound & style influences (‘Breaker’ showed a slightly different and more harder edge), with “Restless And Wild” Accept found their very own sound…

ACCEPT – Breaker [Platinum Edition remastered +2]

As requested, here’s the AFM Records updated, remastered versions of German metal legends ACCEPT early albums (including bonus tracks) in a series titled ‘Platinum Edition‘.
Breaker” was the first Accept album engineered by Michael Wagener, the man who shaped their sound for world-wide success.
Recorded at Delta Studios in Wilster, Germany over the cold Winter months of December 1980 through January 1981, they would forge the songs that would make up “Breaker”, a groundbreaker LP in terms of them finding their sound, the sound that would take them to full notoriety with their follow up efforts…

ACCEPT – Accept [Platinum Edition remastered +1]

As requested, here’s the AFM Records updated, remastered versions of German metal legends ACCEPT early albums (including bonus tracks) in a series titled ‘Platinum Edition‘.
The self-titled “Accept” started all, with its amazing ‘razor’ cover artwork and full speedy rockers.
This album is their first studio effort and has been described by Wolf Hoffman (main guitar player and major songwriter for the band) as a collection of songs they had been playing over the years recorded into album form.
Appeared at the end of the Seventies, “Accept” is in fact, now in perspective, more Euro hard rock from the era than metal…

ACCEPT – Too Mean To Die (2021)

To be released next week, “Too Mean To Die” is the (now) German/American quintet ACCEPT 16th studio effort, and the album’s title seems like an appropriate moniker. This marks the first record in the band’s four-decade career not to feature original bassist Peter Baltes, leaving guitarist Wolf Hoffmann as the Accept’s lone original member and primary composer.
But Hoffmann hasn’t forgotten how to craft a meaty riff and pounding, melodic juggernaut rhythms. Every element that makes up a classic ACCEPT record is present here.
In fact – and while ACCEPT has not released a bad album this decade since the band’s rebirth with Mark Tornillo – “Too Mean To Die” should be the best; all killer and no filler.

V.A. – 0dayrox Advanced Releases January / March 2021 – Vol.1

New Year, new very good music / albums to come. Here we have our classic 0dayrox Advanced Releases, the first 2021 batch, featuring top class artists / singles.
Among the numbers into this “January / March 2021 – Vol.1” advances we find new music from CREYE, ALICE COOPER, DEGREED, Toto’a STEVE LUKATHER & JOSEPH WILLIAMS solo albums, DIO, ACCEPT, DAVID LEE ROTH’s tribute to Eddie Van Halen, and many more.
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ACCEPT – Russian Roulette [HNE / Cherry Red remastered & expanded]

Cherry Red / Hear No Evil Records have been doing a terrific job lately remastering classic albums with the same quality standards of colleagues like Rock Candy or YesterRock. Among the revisited bands they reissued, there is ACCEPT‘s truly classic ’80s albums with expanded artwork and bonus material (two of them featured here on the blog).
Now we are presenting “Russian Roulette” remastered & expanded, an album that proved once more that if fiery melodic Teutonic metallic hard rock was what you hankered for, then nobody did it better than Accept.

ACCEPT – Metal Heart + Kaizoku-Ban [Cherry Red / HNE remaster]

One of my favorite ACCEPT albums, their sixth studio effort “Metal Heart“has been reissued by Hear No Evil / Cherry Red Records including as bonus the EP “Kaizoku-Ban, remastered by the ‘Rock Candy guy’ Andy Pearce.
“Metal Heart” is Accept’s second major label release after the instant metal classic Balls To The Wall. Produced by expert Dieter Dierks (Scorpions) this record found the legendary and highly influential German band go in a slightly more US radio-friendly style than their previous releases.

ACCEPT – Balls To The Wall + Staying A Life [Expanded / Remastered]

Balls To The Wall” was the album that made ACCEPT famous all over the World, and without a doubt, it’s one of their best. For sure it deserved a Deluxe Edition, and prestigious British label Hear No Evil / Cherry Red Records did a great job putting out this “Balls To The Wall / Staying A Life“, a double CD in remastered form.
I love “Balls To The Wall”, it’s like a soundtrack of my youth. Not only includes 10 killer tracks, it also redefined the ‘metal sound’ of the Eighties, with a production – courtesy of master Michael Wagener – that set a new bar for what heavy rock could sound like on a record.
From the fantastically catchy chord progressions, clean and sharp…

U.D.O. & Das Musikkorps Der Bundeswehr – We Are One (2020)

There comes a time in nearly every veteran metal musician’s life when the urge to collaborate with an orchestra becomes irresistible. It’s actually quite surprising that Udo Dirkschneider waited so long to conjure a project as unashamedly overblown as his new effort “We Are One”, but if anyone has earned the right to tick off the few remaining goals from his to-do list, it’s the none-more-metal ex-ACCEPT frontman.
Admittedly, the appeal of U.D.O. — Dirkschneider’s titular crew, on and off, since 1987 — has always been noticeably narrower than that of his former band, but he is one of metal’s most adored vocalists nonetheless, with a towering legacy and some of the genre’s greatest ever anthems on his CV.

V.A. – 0dayrox Advanced Releases August-Sept. 2019 – Vol.4

There’s a very interesting batch of new releases this 2019 Summer, so let’s go with our classic 0dayrox Advanced Releases singles. BLACK STAR RIDERS just presented a brand new single, “Ain’t The End Of The World”, taken from the band’s forthcoming fourth album “Another State Of Grace” set for release on September 6 via Nuclear Blast. “Ain’t The End Of...