Back To The Roots - Accepted

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Release Date:
4th August 2017
Record Label:
AFM Records
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Heavy Metal is a genre that has been around for around 50 years by now. This is quite old, but yet not old enough to separate the current scene from its pioneers. Yes, many of them might take it a bit slower and others have already left us, but there are still some active musicians around who experienced Heavy Metal right from the beginning. And Udo Dirkschneider is definitely one of these battleships that are responsible for bringing our beloved genre into existence. Be it in Accept, or in UDO, he left a mark on music history.


But everything comes to an end. But don’t worry, Dirkschneider is not going to call it quits just yet, at least not completely. His first chapter in music, aka his “Accept” chapter is about to be closed though, and who can blame him? Dirkschneider-era Accept put out a lot of beloved classics which Dirkschneider is more than willing to admit, but UDO has been going for so long that Dirkschneider obviously identifies more with UDO than with Accept these days. And that is the point where the live album “Back To The Roots” comes into play. It is a recording of Dirkschneider’s current tour that focuses entirely on his time in Accept. The plan is for Dirkschneider to never play an Accept song again after this tour which is regrettable for the fans, but not really a surprising decision for an artist. But will he really never play an Accept song again? Time will tell, but we better get used to the idea.

Now, as for the album, what can you accept? Pretty much any Dirkschneider-era Accept classic there is! You get ‘Balls To The Walls’, ‘Midnight Mover’, ‘Metal Heart’, you get pretty much everything which also explains the length of the album. Therefore it is also redundant to describe the songs, because you likely know them anyway. And those who do not: Think REALLY Old School Metal! Unfortunately there is also a downside to this album. The live feeling is absolutely there, but it is not as intense as one would hope. It is still a very strong album, but it is not as energetic as it could be. But then, maybe that is why Dirkschneider wants to put this chapter of his life to rest so that he can move forward with dignity? Fans will still love it and those who are only slightly acquainted with Dirkschneider-era Accept might also want to think about the album, because it is pretty much a “best of” album.


Anyway, what about the rating? 9 devils! It might lack that final punch to justify a 10 devil rating, but anything below 9 devils would not do the album justice either.


1. Intro
2. Starlight
3. Living For Tonite
4. Flash Rockin' Man
5. London Leatherboys
6. Midnight Mover
7. Breaker
8. Head Over Heels
9. Neon Nights
10. Princess Of The Dawn
11. Winterdreams
12. Restless And Wild
13. Son Of A Bitch
14. Up To The Limit
15. Wrong Is Right
16. Midnight Highway
17. Screaming For A Love Bite
18. Monsterman
19. TV War
20. Losers And Winners
21. Metal Heart
22. I'm A Rebel
23. Fast As A Shark
24. Balls To The Wall
25. Burning

Playing Time: 129:42

Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Sven Dirkschneider – Drums
Fitty Wienhold – Bass
Andrey Smirnov – Guitar
Kasperi Heikkinen – Guitar

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