Accept (German heavy metal band)

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Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, formed in 1976 by guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and former members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Peter Baltes (bass). Their beginnings can be traced back to the late 1960s, when the band got its start under the name Band X. Accept's lineup has changed over the years, which has included different singers, guitarists, bassists and drummers. Their current lineup consists of Hoffmann, vocalist Mark Tornillo, guitarists Uwe Lulis and Philip Shouse, drummer Christopher Williams and bassist Martin Motnik. Hoffmann has been the sole constant member since its inception, and he is the only band member to appear on each album.

Accept played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal, and they were part of the German heavy metal scene, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s. They have also been cited as an influence or inspiration by a number of acts, including Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Testament, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Overkill, Exodus, and Annihilator, as well as fellow Germans such as Helloween, Blind Guardian, Doro, Sodom, Rage, and Grave Digger. Accept achieved its first commercial success with their fifth studio album Balls to the Wall (1983), which is the band's only album to be certified gold in the United States and Canada, and spawned their well-known hit "Balls to the Wall".

Accept have broken up and reformed multiple times. They first split up in 1989, several months after the release of Eat the Heat (which was their only album with Dirkschneider's initial replacement David Reece), but reformed in 1992 and released three more albums before disbanding again in 1997. After briefly reuniting in 2005, Accept announced their third reunion in 2009, with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider (who declined to participate), and the band has recorded five albums with him: Blood of the Nations (2010), Stalingrad (2012), Blind Rage (2014), The Rise of Chaos (2017) and Too Mean to Die (2021); each of those albums renewed Accept's popularity in Germany and entered the top ten charts there.

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1980I’m a RebelAccept39
1982Restless and WildAccept3.918
1983Balls to the WallAccept4.715
1985Metal HeartAccept413
1986Russian RouletteAccept3.59
1989Eat the HeatAccept2.6510
1993Objection OverruledAccept2.54
1994Death RowAccept3.54
2010Blood of the NationsAccept4.355
2013Blind RageAccept3.57
2017The Rise of ChaosAccept5
2021Too Mean to DieAccept2.55

Album + Compilation

1983Best of AcceptAccept32
1983Midnight HighwayAccept1
1984Metal MastersAccept3
1986Hungry YearsAccept2.53
1986Restless & Wild / Balls to the WallAccept1
1989I'm a Rebel / BreakerAccept2
1991The CollectionAccept1
1992No SubstitutesAccept1
1994Restless the BestAccept1
1995Steel GloveAccept1
1999Accept / Animal HouseAccept / U.D.O.1
2000Hot & Slow Classic Rock 'N' BalladsAccept1
2002Metal Blast From the PastAccept1
2003Accept / Restless And WildAccept1
2003CollectionAccept & U.D.O.1
2010The Accept CollectionAccept1
2013Playlist: The Very Best of AcceptAccept1
2013Metal Heart / Kaizoku-BanAccept2
2013Balls to the Wall / Staying a lifeAccept1
2015Heavy BalladsAccept1

Album + Live

1984King Biscuit Flower HourPat Travers / Accept1
1985Songs From the Big Chair / Metal HeartTears For Fears / Accept1
1990Staying a LifeAccept2.55
1997All Areas - WorldwideAccept3
2017Restless and LiveAccept8
2018Symphonic Terror: Live at Wacken 2017Accept2


1979Lady LouAccept1
1980I'm a RebelAccept1
1983Fast as a SharkAccept1
1984Balls to the WallAccept1
1984Love ChildAccept1
1985Metal HeartAccept1
1985Midnight MoverAccept1
1985Stand Up and Shout / Balls to the WallRonnie James Dio / Accept1
1985Screaming for a Love BiteAccept1
1986T.V. WarAccept1
1996Hard AttackAccept1
2010Pandemic / Roadkill (... Or Be Killed)Accept / Steelwing1
2010Teutonic TerrorAccept1
2012Hung, Drawn and QuarteredAccept1
2014Final JourneyAccept1
2017The Rise of ChaosAccept1
2018Balls to the WallAccept & Wolf Hoffmann1
2019Life’s a BitchAccept2
2020The UndertakerAccept1


1985London LeatherboysAccept1
1989Generation ClashAccept22
1993All or NothingAccept1
1993I Don't Wanna Be Like YouAccept1
1993Slaves To MetalAccept1
1994Bad Habits Die HardAccept1
2002Rich and FamousAccept1
2010The AbyssAccept1
2019Life's A BitchAccept1

EP + Live

1998Breakers on StageAccept2

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