Friday, 16 April 2010

CD Review: Metal Heart, by Accept (1985)


It's a touch harsh, but "three great tracks and a bunch of forgettable songs" is a fairly good summary of Accept's Metal Heart.

There is no question that the title track Metal Heart, Wrong Is Right and Bound To Fail are a brilliant trio, and reason enough for this CD to exist. All three demonstrate straight-ahead teutonic metal at its best, with strong classical shadings augmenting insane and irresistibly catchy energy.

Metal Heart features some of the best classical-inspired guitar soloing in the history of heavy metal. Wrong Is Right is pure energy and tightly-controlled speed, while Bound To Fail creates metal with enough unstoppable chugging force to cancel the concept of an immovable wall, and adds lyrical guitar flair just for fun.

Udo Dirkshneider's distinctive shriek and the guitar duo of Hoffman and Fischer never sounded better than on these three tracks, and they are ably backed by the prominent but not showy drums of Stefan Kaufman.

Unfortunately, the rest of the CD is either Filler or Filler Plus, none worse that the horrible Screaming For A Love Bite, which stinks so bad it must have been written in a public toilet. Teach Us To Survive is another throw-away, while five other tracks are unobtrusive but largely forgettable.

Metal Heart captures the reasons why Accept was a band that just glanced off the bulls-eye of big success: magnificent in spurts, but otherwise painfully average.

Band:

Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals
Wolf Hoffman - Guitar
Jorg Fischer - Guitar
Peter Baltes - Bass
Stefan Kaufman - Drums


Songlist (rating out of 10):

1. Metal Heart - 10
2. Midnight Mover - 7
3. Up To The Limit - 7
4. Wrong Is Right - 9
5. Screaming For A Love-Bite - 4
6. Too High To Get It Right - 7
7. Dogs On Leads - 7
8. Teach Us To Survive - 6
9. Living For Tonite - 7
10. Bound To Fail - 10

Average: 7.40

Produced by Dieter Dierks. Engineered by Gerd Rautenbach.
Mastered by Bob Ludwig.

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