ACCEPT — Restless and Wild (review)

ACCEPT — Restless and Wild album cover Album · 1982 · Heavy Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
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Accept had really found their sound with 1981's Breaker, which displayed an equal amount of speed, melody, heaviness, and even a majestic quality. Restless and Wild continues the classic Accept sound, and ups the ante in certain ways.

Opener Fast as a Shark tricks the listener with its opening of what I'm assuming is some old German folk/polka record before careening into a thrashing barrage that is an equal to Breaker's title track. Flash Rockin' Man is one of the band's best deep cuts, incredibly intense with a fantastic main riff that presents the 80's metal sound at its best. Udo's scream at the end of the song is particularly impressive.

Flash Rockin' Man would be my favorite song on here, if it wasn't for the foreboding yet beautifully melodic Princess of the Dawn. It's a perfect closer, and the chanting-like vocals of the chorus make it an easy stick.

A great second in Accept's excellent five album run from Breaker to Russian Roulette.
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