In 1983, Accept released their successful album “Balls To The Wall.” This album also came with lots controversy from critics, as many deemed the album’s content as homoerotic. And yes, it sort of did stand up to society about gays as a suppressed people. But, moving onward, this record deserves a lot of respect. And here’s why! The main riff to the song “Balls To The Wall” was as good as 1983 would get. That riff set a sort of standards for many Heavy Metal bands. In fact, that song became the band’s main song.
Musically, this album is very full. It has a lot of consistently to the song structures. It features lots of groovy riffs and catchy melodies. The sound is less gritty and features more melodic melodies. It’s one of the most influential metal records of the time and it’s very sexually charge.
The band sounds great. Vocalist Udo Dirkschneider has outdone himself. His vocal style is very unique. The riffs slow and fast are perfectly executed by guitarists Wolf Hoffmann and Herman Frank. The leads are awesome. Throwing down the harmony to this masterpiece is bassist Peter Baltes. Bringing up the tempo is drummer Stefan Kaufmann.
Bottom line is that this album is the first successful Accept album. You can’t go wrong with “Balls To The Wall.” It’s a true Heavy Metal classic. That’s why when I found this in the record for $6.00, I had to pick it up on vinyl.
1. “Balls to the Wall” 5:45
2. “London Leatherboys” 3:57
3. “Fight It Back” 3:30
4. “Head Over Heels” 4:19
5. “Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had” 5:04
6. “Love Child” 3:35
7. “Turn Me On” 5:12
8. “Losers and Winners” 4:19
9. “Guardian of the Night” 4:25
10. “Winterdreams” 4:45