Posts Tagged ‘Udo Dirkschneider’

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.

stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.