Well, well, well, what do we have here? Classic Metal album from a classic Metal band? Might as well be true to many Metalheads, proclaiming ACCEPT to be one of the most influential, inspiring, powerful acts to tread through Heavy Metal history. After all, the basic formula for being a classic is there: start in the 70s, exist for a couple of years before publishing your Hard Rock debut album, make your last album in the mid 90s and afterwards release only live or "best of" albums. Now so far, so good, but this is far from being a classic, or even good for that matter. Overshadowed by other giants of the time, such as countrymen RUNNING WILD, DEEP PURPLE or the mighty JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT lack many aspects here that should deliver the goods in a powerful and impressive fashion, or simply should satisfy. Let's take a closer look at what's going on here.
ACCEPT are closer to the Scorpions and Hard Rock in general, than they are to Heavy Metal, because of their watered down, unauthentic delivery. Now, I'm talking about what I've heard on CD, their live shows are quite renown for great performances and pure energy and they've also made it with shows around the world, such as Japan (where all the musicians seem to end up). "Metal Heart" clearly focuses on more commercial success and a consumer-friendly type of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. With that itself not being a very big flaw, the point is that ACCEPT never was "good" to begin with. Their previous albums were all a big flat fart of music, generated for old people to start with from the first place. With really boring song structures, lame ass vocals and weak lyrics, the band seemingly catapulted itself into stardom and glory, reaching the very top of your typical "bands a Metalhead MUST own" pyramid. That, of course, is rubbish.
Udo Dirkschneider's vocals never really made it to me, simply because he has that squieky, really annoying voice that reminds me of Steve Souza of the EXODUS fame. And the group backing vocals also sound like some B-rated bad teenage movie. The songs themselves have a very big similarity to each other, and the album has no climax, no great heights, no real parts where you are animated to move with the music, therefore, this lack of "substance" (as I tend to call a lot of things) is also present here in the form of mediocrity. The lyrics, also an additional expressive force behind the music of the band, are also as dry as the whole composition. I believe they were also not written by the band themselves, but also mostly by a friend of the band called "Deaffy" AKA Gaby Hauke. In other words: there is almost nothing on this album, most Heavy Metal classics haven't presented years earlier, so the recommendation limits itself to fans of the Hard Rock track and die-hard fans of 80s metal, but it is definitely not a classic in my eyes. It simply is too bland and soft, not really making a mark on the listener's mind, but simply dragging him into some soft dancy tunes. This is the way you can transform a great concept into something awfully lame. As I have said, only for the die-hard.
(Online September 4, 2009)