Posts Tagged ‘Stefan Kaufmann’

acceptOne of the most underrated bands from the 80’s German metal scene (as well as the metal scene is general) is the band Accept. Here was a band that has been flying the flag of metal whether it be together or solo, they haven’t stopped yet. The album that I am covering from the band is their seminal 1983 release Balls To The Wall which featured Udo Dirkschneider (Vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (Guitar), Herman Frank (Guitar), Peter Baltes (Bass), and Stefan Kaufmann (Drums). Even though he received credit on the previous release, this album was really Herman Frank’s only appearance with the band on record until 2010’s Blood Of The Nations. The album was a huge success for the band that they were¬† never able to match afterwards and even to this day is their only album to ever be certified Gold in the US. The album would peak at 74 on the Billboard Top 200 while peaking in the top 10 in Sweden, but not without it’s controversies. The album’s cover and a couple of songs raised some flags as it was accused at the time of being homoerotic to which the band has responded plenty of times regarding the issue (you’ll see below).

accept_-_balls_to_the_wall_back1.Balls To The Wall– The kick ass title track kicks off the album and Hoffmann explains the track saying, “We’ve always been interested in politics and in human rights and things like that, so a lot of the lyrics that we had in those days, and to the end actually, were dealing with human rights, for instance, and that’s really what ‘Balls To The Wall’ is all about. ‘One day the tortured will stand up and kick some ass!” 5/5

2. London Leatherboys– This was one of the tracks that evoked the controversy, but drummer Kaufman said the track was really about bikers and the lack of respect given to them. 4.5/5

3. Fight It Back– A fierce in your face metal track that is all about if you want to change the way things are in society then you have to fight back in order to change things. 4/5

4. Head Over Heels– A cool bass line opens up this track that I think is about the curiosity one has when sex becomes a thing. I don’t know, I’m just guessing with this one. 4/5

5. Losing More Than You’ve Ever Had– It seems like a pretty deep track to me as it follows a guy who may have betrayed a girl to the point that she committed suicide and he feels so much guilt over it. 4.5/5

accept-balls-to-wall-3841296. Love Child– The other track on the album that was accused of being homoerotic is explained by Kaufman again saying, “And ‘Love Child’ was about gays, true, but it’s basically about people who are suppressed.” 4.5/5

7. Turn Me On– I think we can all figure out what this track is about, just start reading the first verse. I love the opening chords to the track, it’s raunchy and just in your face. 4/5

8. Losers and Winners– The track opens with the Judas Priest like duel guitar assault and it’s one of those tracks that has kind of a deep message. It’s basically him giving a guy advice that even though you think she doesn’t want you, just persevere on and don’t give up hope. 4/5

9. Guardian Of The Night– The track starts off with a very folky acoustic intro before the band launches into power chord overdrive in a track that is about a guy who sleeps all day and rocks all night. 4/5

10. Winterdreams– The last track on the album and it’s very folky again with the acoustic guitars and they’ve slowed the tempo down. You gotta love those big power chords in the verses and acoustic guitars in the chorus. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is probably one of the best Udo fronted albums (I don’t mean to stir up controversy) the band ever did. There is some cool guitar work on the album and some deep messages behind some of the tracks. Check it out for yourself and then check out Blood Of The Nations after to see what I was talking about in that first sentence. I am giving the album 4.25 stars out of five for a final grade.