Thanks to Metal Mark and his recent posting on this band, which inspired this posting.
Accept was one of a few German metal bands who appeared on the American metal scene in the 80s. Led by Udo Dirkschnieder, a short, squat fellow who often appeared in camoflauge, the band was noted for songs that were blazing fast, and included heavy, choral-sounding chorus sections in its songs.
Their "breakthrough" came with their Balls to the Wall album, released in 1983. With exposure through a dark, heavy MTV video for the title track, as well as touring with Judas Priest, they developed a modest following in the United States.
The most notable thing on this album was a more steady approach to their music. Unlike the albums before and after it, there were none of the blazing-fast speed metal songs that the band was noted for.
My favorite songs on the album? Balls to the Wall, London Leatherboys, and Guardian of the Night.
This is definitely a must-have album for your collection.