10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Accept returned in 1985 as a sleeker and swifter group. It was obvious that the first taste of American success energized the band, and while Metal Heart is a more calculated and radio-friendly effort than the albums that preceded it, Accept in no way abandoned its debt to its hardcore metal base. “Up to the Limit” is a perfect example of the balance the group found between its mainstream aspirations and its fundamental aggression. While the song is more streamlined than the band's earlier work, its primary riff is as heavy as anything that came before. Happily, Udo Dirkschneider’s vocals seem to grow more feral as the production becomes slicker, as if to offset the band’s pop potential. While the album failed to produce a single on par with “Balls to the Wall,” Metal Heart was more consistent and gave fans several favorites, including the title song, “Midnight Mover," and “Living for Tonite.” Concurrently, the group experimented with new textures. “Teach Us to Survive” is a rare fusion of speed metal and jazz; it seemed to tell the audience that while Accept had mastered the art of the fist-pumping metal riff, it wouldn't be constrained by it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Accept returned in 1985 as a sleeker and swifter group. It was obvious that the first taste of American success energized the band, and while Metal Heart is a more calculated and radio-friendly effort than the albums that preceded it, Accept in no way abandoned its debt to its hardcore metal base. “Up to the Limit” is a perfect example of the balance the group found between its mainstream aspirations and its fundamental aggression. While the song is more streamlined than the band's earlier work, its primary riff is as heavy as anything that came before. Happily, Udo Dirkschneider’s vocals seem to grow more feral as the production becomes slicker, as if to offset the band’s pop potential. While the album failed to produce a single on par with “Balls to the Wall,” Metal Heart was more consistent and gave fans several favorites, including the title song, “Midnight Mover," and “Living for Tonite.” Concurrently, the group experimented with new textures. “Teach Us to Survive” is a rare fusion of speed metal and jazz; it seemed to tell the audience that while Accept had mastered the art of the fist-pumping metal riff, it wouldn't be constrained by it.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
66 Ratings
66 Ratings
MaidenDude ,

A Classic of the 80's

First of all...Heaven is Hell was on Russian Roulette, not this album.

This German band knew how to rock. For those that didn't live through the 80's as a teen, don't understand Metal was a different sound then. It was pure. Six string guitars, a bass, drums and people who could sing. There are some good bands today, but the music has become so distorted and is not pure. A few can sing, but for the most part, it is just screaming. Accept's albums are classics and they were not a main stream band in their days and probably most famous for Balls to the Wall. None the less, these albums are getting rediscovered for timeless riffs and heart n soul the artists put into them. There was a time when it wasn't about money. Up the Irons...

Rorshack ,

awesome

THe blasting vocals terrific hooks destroying guitar riffs this album is great

Stator ,

Classic Metal

"Metal Heart" is the first Accept album that I owned. It shows the fusion of Metal and Classical done right. This is a timeless album and it will live on because of its fans.

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