Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The band I underrated

I think that I wrote a while ago about bands that I underrated, but I just wanted to mention a band that I really misjudged for years. I had a friend in high school that really liked Accept and borrowed his tapes and listened to them and thought they were alright, but never bought any of their stuff then. I did pick up a few of their albums cheap in the early 90's when a record store was going out of business, but didn't listen to them too much. Like maybe two years ago I picked up "Balls to the wall" cheap and decided to give them another chance. It was really way better than I remember it. Yes, the lyrics were odd, but the music was really solid and I like Udo's voice no matter what every else may think. Then I got "Metal Heart" too long ago and it was even better. "Metal Heart" was really well written and it plays to the band's strengths. I would be willing to bet that I have listened to this album more than any other album in the last six months. They have parts that sound like AC/DC and Judas Priest, but they developed their own sound as well. I also just got a double CD that has "Breaker" and "I'm a rebel" and I enjoyed both of them as well. Now I am looking forward to rediscovering some of their other albums.


Blogger Ben Heller said...

They never quite made it in the UK Mark. Not for the want of trying. The music mags around 84/85 said they were going to be bigger than The Scorpions, which was very ambitious, as The Scorpions were huge in the UK at the time.

Interestingly, "Balls To The Wall" is still a popular song over here.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

They never got that big over here either. I mean they had some major openings for bands like Iron Maiden, but that was about it. I think they still have a big following in Europe though. They headlined festivals there last year when they did a reunion.

4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the reasons that I don't trade in any metal albums that I buy. I have found on many occasions that a band that I didn't get 5 years ago will suddenly click with me.

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Krokus was that band for me. I bought one of their albums on a whim once, and was quite surprised that I liked it so much.

8:58 AM  
Blogger earlcapps said...

Accept ROCKS!!! They were one of my faves back in high school in the 80s and still are.

Metal Heart and Balls were their best albums, for sure. Restless and Wild, their first major-label album, was pretty kick-ass too.

After Metal Heart, they seemed to lose focus, try to have a more commerical appeal or something and kinda lost it with me.

10:16 AM  

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