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"Accept" is the self-titled debut album released by the German heavy metal band Accept. It was recorded in 1978 and released in early 1979 on the German label Brain Records. Drums on the record are played by Frank Friedrich, but he chose not to pursue a professional music career and so his place was taken by Stefan Kaufmann just prior to the album's release
Note: The album front cover of this ACCEPT's self-titled album has been re-used for the front cover of Accept's Metal Masters 2LP.
"Accept" is the eponymous debut album by the German heavy metal band Accept. Released in early 1979 on the Brain Records label, the album marked the beginning of Accept's musical journey and showcased their raw and energetic sound. The band's lineup during the recording consisted of Udo Dirkschneider on vocals, Wolf Hoffmann and Jörg Fischer on guitars, Peter Baltes on bass guitar (with additional vocals on select tracks), and Frank Friedrich on drums.
Recorded in 1978, "Accept" features a collection of ten tracks that encompass the band's early heavy metal style. The album was produced by Frank Martin for Delta Studio Productions, capturing the band's raw energy and delivering it in a straightforward and unpolished manner. The songs on the album reflect the band's musical influences, incorporating elements of traditional heavy metal and hard rock.
One notable aspect of the album is the transition in drummers. Frank Friedrich played the drums during the recording sessions, but he decided not to pursue a professional music career. Consequently, just before the album's release, Stefan Kaufmann took over the role of the drummer, marking the beginning of his tenure with the band.
The vocal performance by Udo Dirkschneider on "Accept" showcases his distinctive and powerful voice, which would become one of the defining characteristics of the band's sound. The guitar work of Wolf Hoffmann and Jörg Fischer adds a dynamic and melodic element to the album, while Peter Baltes' bass guitar provides a solid foundation for the songs.
"Accept" features a range of tracks that highlight the band's musical versatility. From the energetic and riff-driven opener "Lady Lou" to the anthemic "Seawinds" and the hard-hitting "Sounds of War", the album offers a variety of heavy metal compositions. The lyrics primarily revolve around themes such as love, life, and social issues, showcasing the band's songwriting capabilities.
Although "Accept" may not have achieved immediate mainstream success, the album laid the groundwork for the band's subsequent releases, establishing their signature sound and style. With its raw and unfiltered approach to heavy metal, the album served as a solid introduction to Accept's music and paved the way for their future success in the metal genre.
Heavy Metal ( Germany )
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
1979 Made in Germany
Frank Martin for Delta Studio Productions
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.