Balls to the Wall
Balls to the Wall is the fifth studio album by German heavy metal band Accept. European label Lark Records released the album in December 1983, but its United States release was delayed until a month in January 1984 as to not compete with the band's then-current album Restless and Wild, which had arrived in the US in early 1983, it is Accept's only record to attain Gold certification in the US. The album's title track became Accept's signature tune and remains a metal anthem and trademark in the genre; some of the album's success can no doubt be attributed to the publicity generated from the minor "gay metal" controversy that broke out upon its American release, due to the record's title and front cover being deemed by some as homoerotic, as well as the lyrics to "London Leatherboys" and "Love Child" appearing to concern homosexuals. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann was dismissive of the controversy, saying years that "You Americans are so uptight about this. In Europe it was never a big deal...we just wanted to be controversial and different and touch on these touchy subjects, because it gave us good press and it worked fabulously, you know".
Drummer Stefan Kaufmann explained that many of the themes on the album were about oppressed minorities in general. "London Leatherboys" was about bikers, for example: "They're normal people, they just look different and they behave different. But they're another minority. And'Love Child' was about gays, but it's about people who are suppressed." Concerning the homosexuality issues themselves, Kaufmann said in an interview with French magazine Enfer: "It's a phenomenon that should be taken into consideration. Because it exists on a wide scale and should be demystified. In fact, this is a phenomenon of society. For a long time gay people have been considered as insane, and yet, it's time to respect these people, open our minds which are closed." Hoffman's wife, lyricist Gaby Hauke denied these controversies and accusations concerning the gay issue: "Let me answer this and question in one, ok? I have been rebellious and by no means I would have written anything'normal'! Never! The sexual question about the context of certain lyrics are mind games and pure interpretation from outsiders.
This is a band who has as individuals -so little to do with controversy and nothing in particular with anything but being VERY straight" This album was the only Accept album which guitarist Herman Frank played on until 2010's Blood of the Nations. Professional wrestler Chris Jericho's band, did their own cover of the song "Balls to the Wall"; the Swedish band Amon Amarth covered the song as a bonus track for their 2011 album Surtur Rising. There are two different remasters of this album; the first one is part of Sony's The Metal Masters Series while the second one is part of the BMG Remastered Edition. Both editions feature songs taken from the live EP Kaizoku-Ban; the 2013 release from UK record label Hear No Evil Recordings contains the 1990 live album Staying a Life. Balls to the Wall received positive reviews and was praised by Accept's contemporaries and successors. Ty Tabor of the American hard rock band King's X, was a fan of the album and its production, saying that it "set a new bar for what heavy rock could sound like on a record".
Dimebag Darrell of Pantera and Damageplan, Doro Pesch of Warlock and Kai Hansen of Helloween were all fans of the band and consider Accept among their main musical influences. The Swedish power metal band HammerFall said they recorded their album Renegade in 2000 with Michael Wagener because they had Balls to the Wall in mind. HammerFall covered the song "Head Over Heels" with Accept's ex-lead vocalist, Udo Dirkschneider, on the 2008 album Masterpieces. Canadian critic Martin Popoff liked the complexity of the lyrics combined with the clean and restrained riffing, which give the album "subtle sophistication" and a "singular purpose", he put Balls to the Wall at No. 1 of his Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums of the'80s list. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic refers to it as an "essential heavy metal album", only "slightly more melodic" and "less gritty" than Restless and Wild and considers the title track "an irresistible, fist-pumping masterpiece that came to epitomize the modern, slow-marching metal anthem as it became known."
Sputnikmusic contributor Eduard Pickman Derby enjoyed the versatility of "explosive front-man" Udo's vocals, as well as the "simple and fist pumping" riffs of Hoffmann and Frank's guitars, which made Balls to the Wall "an excellent metal record". The album "is pure heavy metal", with "no weak tracks" and a masterpiece for Pierre Bégin of the online magazine The Metal Crypt. Balls to the Wall was Accept's first album to chart in the United States, where it peaked at number 74 on the Billboard 200, making it the band's highest chart position in that country for over 30 years until the release of Blind Rage in 2014, it was the band's first album to chart in Germany, where it peaked at number 59. All lyrics written by Deaffy. Band membersUdo Dirkschneider – vocals Wolf Hoffmann – guitar Herman Frank – guitar Peter Baltes – bass guitar Stefan Kaufmann – drumsProductionLouis Austin – engineer Michael Wagener – mixing Jean Lessenich – design Dieter Eikelpoth – photos Gaby "Deaffy" Hauke – management, cover idea Published by Breeze Music Gmbh/Oktave Alfred K. Schacht Musikverlage, Hamburg
Accept are a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, formed in 1976 by guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and former members Udo Dirkschneider and Peter Baltes. Their beginnings can be traced back to the late 1960s, when the band got its start under the name Band X, they played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s, have been cited as an influence by a number of bands such as Metallica, Helloween, Anthrax and Annihilator. Accept achieved its first commercial success with their fifth studio album Balls to the Wall, the band's only album to be certified gold in the United States and Canada, spawned their well-known hit "Balls to the Wall". Accept have reformed multiple times, they first split up in 1989, several months after the release of Eat the Heat, but reformed in 1992 and released three more albums before disbanding again in 1997. After reuniting in 2005, Accept announced their third reunion in 2009 with former T.
T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider, released their three highest charting albums to date, Blood of the Nations and Blind Rage, the latter of, Accept's first album to reach number one on the charts in their home country; the band's most recent album, The Rise of Chaos, was released on August 4, 2017. Accept's beginnings can be traced back to 1968 when Udo Dirkschneider and Michael Wagener formed a local band called Band X, which changed its name to Accept. For many years, Accept went through numerous line-up changes; this instability kept the band on an amateur level, making sporadic appearances in festival concerts. Accept's professional career began in 1976, with Udo Dirkschneider, Wolf Hoffmann, Gerhard Wahl, Peter Baltes, Frank Friedrich, when they were invited to play at one of the first rock and roll festivals in Germany — Rock am Rhein. Following the festival the band were offered a recording deal, their first recording was the self-titled Accept album, which did not achieve much commercial success.
The first stable line-up of Accept was composed of vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarists Wolf Hoffmann and Gerhard Wahl, bassist Peter Baltes and drummer Frank Friedrich. Friedrich and Wahl quit the band after the release of Accept and were replaced by Stefan Kaufmann and Jörg Fischer; this line-up recorded I'm a Rebel in 1980. The title track was written for AC/DC and recorded by the band but never released by them; the album brought the band being invited to make a televised appearance. In 1981, their next album, was released, the band employed manager Gaby Hauke. Accept joined Judas Priest's World Wide Blitz Tour and obtained attention outside of Europe for the first time. Restless and Wild was released in 1982, although Jörg Fischer quit the band a short time before the recording took place. Jan Koemmet departed from the band before the recording of the album. Restless and Wild saw an evolution in the band's sound, which incorporated characteristics defining the genre dubbed speed metal. Gaby Hauke was credited as "Deaffy" on two of the tracks.
Accept's next release, Balls to the Wall, was released in 1983, now with guitarist Herman Frank. The album was more conceptual, included lyrical themes about politics and human relationships. For example, "Balls to the Wall" refers to slaves revolting against oppressing masters, while "Fight It Back" is about social misfits fighting against conformity. All songs were credited to Accept and "Deaffy". Deaffy was manager Gaby Hauke's pseudonym as the band's lyricist, although she did not claim ownership until the band had broken up for the second time. During a 1983 show in their hometown, the band met Jörg Fischer by chance and on Hauke's insistence, Fischer rejoined the band. A world tour followed including the Monsters of Rock festival. By this time, the band was supported by Bad Steve, a band, led by former Accept and Band X members Dieter Rubach, Jan Koemmet and Frank Friedrich. Metal Heart was released in 1985. Produced by Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks, it presented the band's creative peak.
Accept toured the world supporting the album, documented the live shows with the live mini-album Kaizoku-Ban. The follow up, Russian Roulette, was released in 1986. In 1987, Udo Dirkschneider was fired from the band, decided to embark on a solo career. Supporting this decision, the songwriting team in Accept wrote his entire solo album, released in 1987 as Animal House under the band moniker U. D. O. Parallel to work on Animal House, Accept started to audition vocalists; the band tried out a few singers, including Michael White and Baby Tuckoo singer Rob Armitage, whom they featured in promo photos and metal magazine interviews, recorded demos with. Armitage performed live with the band and one of the shows with him was reviewed by Metal Hammer magazine. However, American vocalist David Reece was chosen and this new line-up recorded and released Eat the Heat in 1989. Accept toured in support of the album that year with bands like Metal Church, W. A. S. P. Danzig and Armored Saint. Accept's career came to a sudden halt, when Stefan Kaufmann sustained a serious injury to his back during the tour in support of the album.
He was replaced by House of Lords drummer Ken Mary for the remainder of the US tour. By the time tour ended in late 1989, the band decided that without Kaufmann, with differences surfacing with Reece, it was time to cease their activities for the time being; the live alb
A record sleeve is the outer covering of a vinyl record. Alternative terms are album liner and liner; the term is used to denominate the outermost cardboard covering of a record, i.e. the record jacket or album jacket. The record jacket is extensively used to design and market a recording, as well as to additionally display general information on the record as artist name, titles list, title length etc. if no opening presents a readable label. The terms liner notes, sleeve notes are used to refer to jacket information. Sleeves were printed on simple cardboard. British manufacturers Garrod and Lofthouse patented a "wrap around" sleeve design seen on LPs in the 1960s. Album cover Cover art Sleeveface
Victory is a German heavy metal and hard rock band from Hanover, most successful in the 1980s. With extensive tours and radio airplay, the band made a breakthrough in North America. Victory was formed in 1984 from the remnants of the band Fargo. Bassist Peter Knorn, the two guitarists Tommy Newton and John Lockton and drummer Bernie Van de Graaf had all worked together in that band. After working with singer Pedro Schemm, former Gary Moore- and Ted Nugent-singer Charlie Huhn became the band's singer. Recommended by Scorpions' guitarist Rudolph Schenker, the band sign a management deal with David Krebs. A self-titled album appeared in 1985 on CBS Records to mild controversy because of the cover art: a scantily-dressed woman lying on her back with her legs spread, forming a V; the hype worked and the album made the charts. But before the first US tour, drummer Van de Graaf was replaced by Fritz Randow. Apart from playing 60 concerts, the band was in the two largest festivals of the country, Day On The Green in Oakland before 60,000 and the Texxas Jam in front of over 80,000 spectators.
After his return to Germany, John Lockton was replaced by Herman Frank. With their second album Don't Get Mad... Get Even the band again toured through Europe and America and the single Check's In The Mail gave them a radio hit in the USA; the third album Hungry Hearts came out in 1987 leading to yet more European and North American live work. A concert in Hamburg was recorded for a live album, which appeared in 1988 under the title That's Live. After its release, Huhn left the band. For his replacement the band auditioned, among others Thunderhead-frontman Ted Bullet, but decided for a 22-year-old Swiss, Fernando Garcia; the fourth album Culture Killed The Native achieved #19 in the German charts and entered the charts in the USA again. A Europe tour as support for Gary Moore followed, before Victory started their first headline tour through America, as well as their first concert in Canada. Both Singles Never Satisfied and Don't Tell No Lies again received airplay on Radio and MTV. By 1990 a second studio album with Garcia was released: Temples Of Gold appeared in the top 20 in Germany and the first edition of it added a six song live EP, of recordings made in Los Angeles.
An additional US-Tour followed. Victory now ranked alongside Scorpions and Helloween as the most successful German band but announced their split in 1994 with the double live album Liveline, but two years they returned with the new album Voiceprint. Frank was replaced by the new Los Angeles–based guitarist Jake Paland, Randow by Matthias Liebetruth; the album's release was accompanied by an extensive tour and the single releases Deep Inside The World and Cyberia, of which the latter again received airplay on all major music-TV channels. Varying personal interests among the band members though led to the final dissolution for the band. Newton made a name as a producer, Knorn became manager of Uli Jon Roth, Glenn Hughes and Michael Schenker. Huhn joined Garcia sang for Swiss metal band Godiva. Randow in the meantime played for Saxon, Liebetruth became drummer for Running Wild and Paland continued working as a studio guitarist and focusing on his own projects. In 2002, rumours of a reunion of Victory started.
Garcia declined to participate, which made it all the more surprising that in 2003, the album Instinct appeared with the original lineup of Huhn, Frank and Randow. Victory played some concerts in Russia and Bulgaria as well as Wacken Open Air - a festival in northern Germany. Since Huhn was living in America, tour activities were difficult and he was again replaced, now with Jioti Parcharidis, the singer of Human Fortress. With Parcharidis, the band released the album Fuel To The Fire, containing re-recordings of their best-known songs in January 2006. Thereafter yet another line-up change followed. Randow was replaced by former Sanvoisen drummer Achim Keller. Appearances followed at Bang Your Head!!! and Sweden Rock-festival as well as a European tour in support of Metal Church in May and June 2007. Four years the band released Don't Talk Science in what they were calling their final album; the album was releasecd in May 2011 on Label Golden Core / ZYX music. In 2013 Herman Frank, member of Accept since their reunion in 2009, decided to continue Victory together with singer Jioti Parcharidis, guitarist Christos Mamalitsidis, Peter Pichl on bass guitar Running Wild and drummer Michael Wolpers.
Since their first show at Rock of Ages-festival in July 2013 Victory keeps on succeeding. So upcoming rumours can't be stopped about recording the next Victory album. Jioti Parcharidis – Vocals Herman Frank – Guitars Christos Mamalitsidis – Guitar Peter Pichl – Bass guitar Michael Wolpers – Drums Pedro Schemms – Vocals Charlie Huhn – Vocals Fernando Garcia – Vocals John Lockton – Guitar Jake Paland – Guitar Tommy Newton – Guitars Bernie Van Der Graf – Drums Matthias Liebetruth – Drums Fritz Randow – Drums Achim Keller – Drums Peter Knorn – Bass guitar 1985 Victory 1986 Don't Get Mad... Get Even 1987 Hungry Hearts 1989
Loyal to None
Loyal to None is the first solo album of German heavy metal guitarist Herman Frank. It was recorded and mixed between March and June 2008 in Frank's own ARENA 20-studio in Hanover and features Jioti Parcharidis on vocals, Peter Pichl on bass and Stefan Schwarzmann on drums; the album's title refers to Frank releasing a record under his own name for the first time. His music had always appeared under a band's name up to but this time Frank wanted to be "loyal to none", as he explains in an interview. "Moon II" - 5:26 "7 Stars" - 4:18 "Father Buries Son" - 3:59 "Heal Me" - 5:05 "Hero" - 5:23 "Kill the King" - 4:45 "Down to the Valley" - 4:42 "Bastard Legion" - 4:05 "Metal Gods" - 4:11 "Welcome to Hell" - 3:55 Jioti Parcharidis - Vocals Peter Pichl - Bass Stefan Schwarzmann - Drums Herman Frank - GuitarsAdditional backing vocals by Martina Frank, Ossy "Osbourne" Pfeiffer and Jürgen Wulfes
Molly Hatchet is an American Southern hard rock band that formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1971. The band was founded by guitarist Dave Hlubek in 1971; the band is best known for their 1979 hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster". Molly Hatchet was founded by guitarist Dave Hlubek in 1971; the band originated and was based in Jacksonville and shared influences and inspiration with what is the most well-known act in the Southern rock genre, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bassist Banner Thomas and guitarist Steve Holland joined the band in 1974. Bruce Crump would become the drummer in early 1975, guitarist Duane Roland and singer Danny Joe Brown joined in 1976. Hlubek, along with Banner Thomas wrote/co-wrote and co-produced many of the band's songs. Hlubek has stated. Members of.38 Special referred the band to manager Pat Armstrong, with partner Alan Walden, had been co-manager of Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1970. Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant was slated to produce Molly Hatchet's first album, having helped in writing arrangements and directing rehearsals prior to his death.
Molly Hatchet cut their first demos in Lynyrd Skynyrd's 8-track recording studio using their equipment. Other demos were cut in Jacksonville's Warehouse Studios. Warner Bros. Records expressed interest in the resulting recordings from these sessions. However, the band ended up being turned down by Warner, who instead picked Van Halen over Molly Hatchet. After this setback, Hatchet toured the Florida bar circuit. About six months Epic Records signed the band to a recording contract in 1977 and brought Tom Werman in as producer. Werman, known for working with straight hard rock acts such as Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent, combined boogie and hard rock making Molly Hatchet's sound different from more country-influenced acts, such as The Outlaws; the band released their first album, Molly Hatchet in September 1978. Its song "Dreams I'll Never See" got AOR airplay. Molly Hatchet was followed by Flirtin' with Disaster in September 1979, with its title song another AOR hit, as was its first track, "Whiskey Man", from the album.
Molly Hatchet proceeded to tour behind the records building a larger fan base. Lead singer Danny Joe Brown left the band in May 1980 because of diabetes and other reasons, only to return two years later. After Danny Joe Brown left Molly Hatchet, he formed The Danny Joe Brown Band. Brown was replaced in Molly Hatchet by vocalist Jimmy Farrar, a native of La Grange, where he was lead singer for the local Southern rock band Raw Energy. With the addition of Jimmy Farrar as lead singer, a new approach came to the band's sound; the earlier albums seemed to some commentators to exhibit a distinct southern cultural influence – which changed with the addition of Farrar. Danny Joe Brown's stage persona, gruff voice and cowboy horse-whistling was replaced with Jimmy Farrar's new vocal style, mixed with a new harder-rocking sound. With the success of the next album, Beatin' the Odds, the band ventured farther away from the Southern Rock sound of their first albums. By 1981, Molly Hatchet had evolved to a straight-ahead rock style and a slicker production, as exhibited on Take No Prisoners.
The band remained a successful act on the touring circuit. Long time bass player Banner Thomas was replaced by Riff West, and in 1982, drummer B. B. Borden replaced Crump, who had moved to Los Angeles and would end up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and recording with Canadian rockers Streetheart. Farrar left the group to make way for Brown's return, he would rejoin other members of Molly Hatchet in Southern Rock Allstars and Gator Country. Brown rejoined the band in May 1982 after the departure of Farrar. In March 1983 the line-up of Brown, Holland, Roland and Borden released a new album titled No Guts... No Glory, but guitarist Holland, tired of the road, decided to leave for good in 1984 and was replaced by former Danny Joe Brown Band keyboardist John Galvin. This period saw the band return to the more overt southern style it had displayed on its debut record in 1978. Critics hailed No Guts... No Glory as the band's return to form and did rejuvenate interest from the band's fan base, who had started to drift away after the Take No Prisoners album of 1981.
In November 1984 the album The Deed Is Done was released, a straightforward pop/rock offering, with Bruce Crump returning on drums. December 1985 saw the unveiling of the band's double live album Double Trouble Live, after which the band was dropped by Epic and the group's members began to ponder changing singers again to pursue more of an 80s pop rock sound, they ended up retaining Brown and their Southern Rock sound despite it being out of fashion in the mid-80s. Guitarist/founder Hlubek, who admitted to suffering from drug troubles, left Molly Hatchet in January 1987, he was replaced by Bobby Ingram, guitarist in The Danny Joe Brown Band. On July 8, 1990 Molly Hatchet announced at a show in Toledo, Ohio that the concert would be their final one, that after that night the band would be disbanding; the greatest hits collection Greatest Hits, featuring two newly recorded songs, was released in the fall of 1990, with sales reaching gold status. In late 1990, a revised band led by Brown and Ingram featured new players Rik Blanz, Rob Scavetto, Eddie Rio and David Feagle.
But the Hatchet's lineup in the 90s was a bit of a revolving door. Rio was replaced in 1991 by Rob Sweat and Kevin Rian. Feagle was succeeded the same year by drummer Kenny Holton. Blanz left in mid-1991, P
I'm a Rebel
For the single and unreleased AC/DC song, see I'm a Rebel. I'm a Rebel is the second studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, recorded in 1979 and released in 1980, it was the first of three consecutive Accept records to utilize Dirk Steffens as producer. The album finds Accept continuing to search for their musical direction, experimenting with a more commercial sound than on their debut. Bassist Peter Baltes once again sings lead vocals on two tracks, the slower-paced songs "No Time to Lose" and "The King"; the title track is credited to George Alexander, a pseudonym for Alex Young, eldest brother of record producer and musician George Young and AC/DC guitarists Angus Young and Malcolm Young. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann recalled the circumstances that led Alex Young to work with Accept: "He got involved with Accept through the producer. Everybody after the first record said we have to have a radio hit.'Guys you need a radio hit and we have just the song for you. Why don't you try this here?'"
The song became the basis for the band's first music video. Lead singer Udo Dirkschneider believes. I think because of some unsuccessful experiments, the band wasn't too solid and the identity wasn't discovered yet." He blamed "too many people involved trying to manipulate the band, just like on the first album." Accept would become determined to resolve these deficiencies on Breaker. I'm a Rebel gained international distribution in the United Kingdom and United States on the Logo and Passport labels, respectively; these international versions both depict a sword hilt on the cover, a more identifiably "heavy metal" image than the original German cover. The Passport version titles the record Accept, as the band's 1979 self-titled debut had not been released in America. All tracks written by Accept except. Band membersUdo Dirkschneider – vocals Wolf Hoffmann – guitars Jörg Fischer – guitars Peter Baltes – bass guitar, lead vocals on "No Time to Lose", "The King" and the bridge of "Save Us" Stefan Kaufmann – drumsProductionDirk Steffens – producer for Delta-Studio Productions, arrangements with Accept Christoph Bonno – engineer, mixing Manfred Schunke – engineer on "I Wanna Be No Hero" René Tinner – mixing on "I'm a Rebel" Cover design by Fessel/Hoffmann Published by Oktave, Hamburg