This is the French release of "Restless and Wild" by the German Heavy Metal band "Krokus" and has been released on the Venus records. The album front cover shows the ACCEPT band live on stage and this front cover is different from other European releases (which show two white "Gibson Flying V" guitars burning into flames )

  This album "ACCEPT - Restless and Wild" is the fourth album by the German heavy metal band Accept. 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. 

  Venus records, liner notes in French


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Album Description & Collectors information:

The 12" vinyl LP of "Restless and Wild" by the renowned German heavy metal band ACCEPT is a treasured gem for music enthusiasts and collectors alike. This particular edition, released in France by Venus records, showcases the band's electrifying energy and captures the essence of their live performances. Unlike other European releases, the French version presents an exciting front cover featuring the band in action on stage, a captivating visual representation of their intense and dynamic music.

"Restless and Wild" marks a significant milestone in Accept's discography. It is the band's fourth studio album and stands out as the first record not recorded at Delta-Studio. Instead, Accept moved to Dieter Dierks' studio in Stommeln, a decision that brought a fresh perspective to their sound. This album also features the distinctive vocals of Udo Dirkschneider on every track, solidifying his position as the band's frontman. Furthermore, the album credits manager Gaby Hauke ("Deaffy") as a songwriter, showcasing the collaborative nature of Accept's creative process. Michael Wagener, renowned for his engineering and mixing prowess, contributed his expertise to the album's production.

Recorded at Studio Dierks in Cologne, Germany, during February, March, and June of 1982, "Restless and Wild" delivers a powerful auditory experience. The album opens with the ferocious "Fast as a Shark", a track that immediately grabs listeners' attention with its blistering guitar work and relentless drumming. The eponymous track, "Restless and Wild", follows suit, maintaining the album's high-octane energy while showcasing the band's ability to craft memorable hooks.

"Ahead of the Pack" and "Shake Your Heads" continue to assault the senses with their aggressive guitar riffs and driving rhythms, solidifying Accept's reputation as pioneers of the heavy metal genre. The album takes a brief respite with "Neon Nights", a longer composition that allows the band to explore a darker and more atmospheric sonic landscape. It serves as a testament to Accept's versatility and willingness to experiment within their musical framework.

As the album progresses, "Get Ready", "Demon's Night", and "Flash Rockin' Man" maintain the high intensity, keeping the listeners engaged with their infectious melodies and powerful performances. "Don't Go Stealin' My Soul Away" introduces a touch of blues-inspired elements, showcasing Accept's ability to infuse different musical influences into their heavy metal sound.

The epic finale of "Restless and Wild" arrives with "Princess of the Dawn", a masterpiece that epitomizes the band's ability to create a sense of grandeur and drama within their music. Clocking in at over six minutes, the song features intricate guitar solos, soaring vocal melodies, and a captivating atmosphere that transports listeners into an immersive musical journey.

The Venus records release of "Restless and Wild" on 12" vinyl LP captures the essence of Accept's electrifying stage presence. With its powerful tracklisting and remarkable performances, the album continues to inspire and excite heavy metal enthusiasts worldwide. Whether you are a devoted fan of Accept, a collector of vinyl records, or a lover of high-energy music, this French edition of "Restless and Wild" stands as a testament to the enduring power and appeal of heavy metal music, and its ability to captivate audiences with its relentless energy and unapologetic intensity.

Music Genre:

  German Heavy Metal 

Album Production Information:

 The album: "ACCEPT - Restless and Wild" was produced by: Accept

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Michael Wagener

Michael Wagener is a renowned music producer, mixer, and engineer hailing from Hamburg, Germany. He is highly recognized for his work with numerous prominent hard rock and heavy metal bands, particularly during the late 1980s, when he achieved considerable success and acclaim for his production contributions.

Before his rise as a producer, Wagener had a musical career of his own. He was a guitarist and part of a German band called "Band X" in the pre-1970 era. Notably, Udo Dirkschneider, known for his involvement with the bands Accept and U.D.O., also performed alongside Wagener in Band X. This early collaboration between Wagener and Dirkschneider acted as a precursor to the formation of Accept, the influential German heavy metal band.

While Michael Wagener began as a guitarist for Accept, he eventually transitioned into the realm of music production, where he found his true calling. His talent, expertise, and meticulous approach to producing and mixing led him to work with some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. Wagener became highly sought after for his ability to capture the energy and power of these genres in the studio.


In addition to his work as a music producer, mixer, and engineer, Michael Wagener is also the president of Double Trouble Productions. This production company, headed by Wagener, focuses on providing high-quality production services to various artists and bands in the music industry.

Over the years, Wagener's production credits have included collaborations with iconic bands such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Dokken, White Lion, and many others. His contributions to the sound and success of these bands have solidified his reputation as a prominent figure in the world of rock and metal production.

Michael Wagener's work is characterized by his meticulous attention to detail, ability to capture powerful performances, and his knack for creating an impactful and polished sound. His contributions to the music industry, particularly in the hard rock and heavy metal genres, have left a lasting imprint and have helped shape the sonic landscape of numerous iconic albums.

This album was recorded at: Studio Dierks, Cologne, Germany - February, March, June 1982

Dieter Dierks Studios is a renowned recording studio located in Stommeln, Germany. It was established by Dieter Dierks, a highly respected German record producer and sound engineer, during the 1970s. The studio has played a significant role in shaping the sound of numerous prominent artists, particularly in the rock and metal genres.

Dieter Dierks Studios gained widespread recognition due to its commitment to utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technologies. This dedication to innovation allowed the studio to consistently deliver high-quality recordings with exceptional sound quality. Many musicians and bands sought out the studio for its advanced facilities and expertise in capturing and enhancing the distinct characteristics of rock and metal music.


Several notable artists have recorded at Dieter Dierks Studios. One of the most famous bands associated with the studio is the Scorpions. The studio played a pivotal role in the Scorpions' success and helped them achieve international acclaim with albums like "Lovedrive" (1979), "Animal Magnetism" (1980), and "Blackout" (1982).

Additionally, Accept, another influential German heavy metal band, worked extensively with Dieter Dierks Studios. Their albums "Breaker" (1981), "Restless and Wild" (1982), and "Balls to the Wall" (1983) were recorded at the studio, further solidifying its reputation within the metal community.

Furthermore, the renowned German rock musician Udo Lindenberg also utilized Dieter Dierks Studios for his recordings. Lindenberg's collaboration with the studio resulted in successful albums such as "Panische Nächte" (1976) and "Odyssee" (1983).

Throughout its history, Dieter Dierks Studios has fostered a creative and productive environment, attracting numerous musicians seeking to achieve exceptional sound quality and capture the essence of rock and metal music. The studio's legacy remains intertwined with the success of the artists who have recorded there, and its contributions to the music industry have solidified its status as a respected recording facility.

Album cover photography: Erhard Schulz, Didi Zill

Record Label Information:

  Venus Records / Polydor 810 987

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1983 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: ACCEPT - Restless and Wild
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals

    Udo Dirkschneider a German heavy metal singer, best known as the former lead vocalist of the German heavy metal band Accept. He was born on 7 April 1952 in Wuppertal, Germany.

    Dirkschneider joined Accept in 1976 and was the lead singer for the band until 1987. During his time with the band, he was known for his powerful and distinctive voice, which helped to establish Accept's sound and cement their place as one of the leading bands of the German heavy metal scene.


    After leaving Accept, Dirkschneider formed his own band, U.D.O., which he has fronted ever since. U.D.O. has released several albums and toured extensively, and Dirkschneider continues to be an active and respected figure in the heavy metal community.

    Throughout his career, Dirkschneider has been widely regarded as one of the greatest heavy metal singers of all time, and his contributions to the genre are widely celebrated. He is considered a true legend of the heavy metal world and continues to inspire and influence musicians and fans around the world.

    Dirkschneider has also worked as a producer. In addition to his work as a singer and performer, Dirkschneider has produced several albums for both Accept and U.D.O., his current band. As a producer, he has been involved in the recording, mixing, and mastering of many of the albums he has appeared on, and his contributions to these albums have been widely praised.

  • Wolf Hoffmann - Guitars
  • Herman Frank - Guitar (Herman Frank is a guitarist mainly known from his performances with Accept and Victory, but also played in Hazzard, Sinner and "The Element"=
  • Peter Baltes - Bass
  • Stefan Kaufmann - Drums, Guitars (Stefan Kaufmann joined Accept as drummer early enough to appear on the cover photos for their debut album, but too late to record the drums for the album (that was done by Frank Friedrich).)
  • Deaffy (real name: Gaby Hoffmann-Hauke and married to "Wolf Hoffmann". Gaby has been working with the Germany Heavy Metal band Accept during the 1980s on several albums as producer, album cover designs and song writer (lyrics)).

Complete Track-listing of the album "ACCEPT - Restless and Wild"

The detailed tracklist of this record "ACCEPT - Restless and Wild" is:

  1. Fast as a Shark (Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes) - 3:49
  2. Restless and Wild (Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes, Robert A. Smith-Diesel + 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, Robert A. Smith-Diesel + Accept) - 6:02
  6. Get Ready (Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes, Robert A. Smith-Diesel + Accept) - 3:41
  7. Demon's Night (Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes) - 4:28
  8. Flash Rockin' Man (Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes) - 4:28
  9. Don't Go Stealin' My Soul Away (Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes, Robert A. Smith-Diesel + Accept) - 3:16
  10. Princess of the Dawn (Deaffy, Robert A. Smith-Diesel + Accept) - 6:16
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