Accept's creative breakthrough, 1983's Restless and Wild, begins with one of the most unexpected, surprising, and hilarious mock intros ever recorded. Untold thousands no doubt furrowed their brows in confusion at the perky German folk song emanating from their speakers, only to be rudely interrupted by a scratching needle and Udo Dirkschneider's incomparable shriek, as the band launch themselves into the stunning violence of "Fast as a Shark." Not just a thrilling, light-speed juggernaut, the song was probably the last thrash metal prototype waxed in the pre-thrash era (officially inaugurated by Metallica's Kill 'Em All a few months later). Though nowhere near as frenetic, the title track and "Ahead of the Pack" are just as fierce, and despite a sudden stumble with the mediocre "Shake Your Heads" (an overtly cheesy, Judas Priest-style metal anthem, and the album's only stinker), the dramatic "Neon Nights" ends side one on the upswing once again. As for the album's second half, it's pretty much beyond reproach. Introduced by the solid "Get Ready" (another nod to Priest with its "Living After Midnight"-inspired drum intro), it builds from strength to strength with increasingly mature and melodic (though lyrically obscure) tracks such as "Flash Rockin' Man," "Don't Go Stealing My Soul Away," and the colossal "Princess of the Dawn." The latter closes the album as it began, in unexpected fashion, when its extended outro is abruptly interrupted mid-verse. The bottom line here is that this, like its successor Balls to the Wall, is an essential heavy metal album, and any fan worth his salt should own them both. But for the sake of first-time visitors, Restless and Wild is the slightly grittier, less melodic of the two. Whichever you chose, you can only win.
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Performance CreditsAccept Primary Artist
Peter Baltes Bass,Track Performer,Group Member
Udo Dirkschneider Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
Jörg Fischer Guitar,Group Member
Wolf Hoffmann Track Performer
Stefan Kaufmann Drums,Track Performer,Group Member
Technical CreditsAccept Composer,Producer
Dirk Steffens Producer
Udo Dirkschneider Author
Herman Frank Contributor
Michael Wagener Engineer
W. Howard Hoffman Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Restless & Wild based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Explosive and raw metal. Lead guitarist Wolf Hoffmann is his usual standout in this effort. Udo performs an unsettling screech at his best. Superior to even their great follow-up, Balls to the Wall. A must have for any fan of the early to mid 80's metal genre as many, if not all of the tracks will reverberate for some time. In my mind this is the metal head banger recording that will never be topped!
Accept is the perfect example of how heavy metal sounded in the pre-Black Album era. Loud, bluesy, rousing, fun with choruses you could shout along to. This unfortunetly died with the rise of sucking bands like Metallica, Slayer and Pantera, but in the eighties it was the norm. Take forinstance the opener "Fast as a Shark", sounds just like what you would expect of that title. Fast and loud. This song by the way has nothing to do with speed/thrashmetal thats a complete fable. Accept was much more an influence on mainstream metal bands like Motley Crue, Dokken, Ratt and Twisted Sister who all had those same mid-tempo groove-orientated songs with a sudden fast song inbetween. So if you wanna hear some oldfashioned hardrock you must own this!