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Here's a couple of Teutonic terrors that every Metal home should own. That only that but these re-issues each come with a bonus disc of live recordings from Japan.

German Metallers Accept were already a big draw on mainland Europe with their Flying-V Metal with riffs pulled from the text book of Judas Priest complimented by the pit bull snarling vocals of Udo Dirkschneider.

Albums such as 'Breaker' and 'Restless And Wild' had won the Metal hearts of fans in Europe and Japan but Accept finally conquered America with their fifth album 'Balls To The Wall'.

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Originally released in late 83, Accept caused controversy Stateside with it's homoerotic album cover and the lyrics to the songs 'London Leatherboys' and 'Love Child'. Tagged as Gay Metal, even die hard fans didn't know what to think with the band posing in a publicity shot clinched together bare chested.

But the music within the grooves was incredibley manly with some of the most monstrous riffs known to mankind.

The title track, 'Balls To The Wall' has since gone on to become a bonafide Metal classic with one of the most headbanging friendly riffs ever invented and it's masculine chorus will guarantee to make you show the sign of victory.

There's not a dud track on this album and even when the band edge towards commerciality on numbers such as 'Head Over Heels' the driving force behind it is still evidently Metal at it's beastly best.

This re-release of 'Balls To The Wall' comes with a bonus disc which features the double live album 'Staying A Life' which was posthumously released in 1990 but was recorded on the Metal Heart tour in in Osaka in 85. A fantastic package.

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'Metal Heart' was released in 1985 and was the first to be produced by Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks who gave the band a more American sound in a elaborate attempt to muscle in on the lucrative American market which was being dominated by bands such as Ratt and Motley Crue.

Whilst Accept still kept their riveting Metal edge there's no denying that the Germanic sound was being diluted a little bit especially on the drums which sounded tinny and very similar to the drum sound succesfully used by the Scorpions on their 'Love At First Sting' album.

However time has been a great healer for this album full of air guitar delights. The title track 'Metal Heart' kick starts with an intro from Tchaikovsky's 'Slavonic March' with a sublime solo snatched from Beethoven's 'Fur Elise'.

The blood thirsty 'Screaming For A Love Bite' is a forgotten gem and the band get experimental on the bass with the jazzy 'Teach Us To Survive'.

'Metal Heart' also comes with a bonus disc this time with the mini album 'Kaizoku-Ban' which translates as Bootleg.

A live offering again recorded in Nagoya, Japan and was also originally released in 85.

With sleeve notes from Malcolm Dome, these two releases are high value for money and the perfect opportunity to upgrade from your vinyl editions or for younger rock fans to taste what all the fuss was about as to why Accept are so rightly highly regarded as one of the best Europeon Metal exports ever.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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