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omprising of Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Jan Kommet (guitar), Wolf Hoffman (guitar), Frank Friedrich (drums), Peter Baltes (bass) and characterized by Dirkschneider's high guttural howl and fast drumming they came across as a German Judas Priest. Their beginnings can be traced back to 1968. The band played an important role in the development of speed and thrash metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene, which came to popularity in the early to mid-1980s. Their debut 1979 self-titled album proved to be a promising commercial start. Jorg Fischer, who joined shortly before, left for Judas Priest (he would return briefly in the late 1980s) to be replaced by Frank Herrmann.

Breaker (1979) saw another fast-as-hell drummer, Stefan Kaufmann, replace Friedrich before it's recording, an album followed-up with I'm A Rebel in 1980. Both of these next outings obtained them a wider audience across Europe, while the next effort, Restless And Wild (1983), served to highlight their fast pace and influenced the now emerging Thrash Metal movement. Balls To The Walls (1984) followed along the same lines becoming their most noted album, and broke them stateside. It also sponsored Hermann Frank on guitar.

The follow-up, Metal Heart (1985), was more melodic, and gave them their biggest seller and highest charter at 50 in the U.K. and 94 in the U.S. Unhappy with this sudden change, however, Dirkschneider quit to form his own outfit, Udo. Several replacements were tried, including Rob Armitage (ex-Baby Tuckoo) for the recording of Russian Roulette (1986). 1986, however, also saw Jorg Fischer, who had recently returned, leave again. The subsequent follow-up live effort featured David Reese on vocals, while Jim Stacey assumed guitar duties on Eat The Heat (1989). Stacey stepped in for the recording of Eat The Heat after Resse and Baltes got physical on the recent U.S. tour. Shortly after Kaufmann left due to a muscular disease and was replaced with Ken Mary (ex-House Of Lords), but over-all, the band was disappointed with their latest success and called it quits in 1989.

It wasn't long before Kaufmann, Hoffman, Baltes and Dirkschneider returned as a unit in time to reform the band for the live effort Staying A Live (1990), Obstruction Overruled (1993) and Death Row (1994). Session drummer Michael Cartellone was featured on their final opus Predator (1996). With ‘R.C.A.' out of the picture, a posthumous live set on the Metal graveyard label ‘C.M.C.' titled The Final Chapter (1998) would close their discography. They called it quits in 1999.

In 2005, the band received an invitation from European promoters for a short summer European Festival tour with the band's classic line-up (Hoffmann, Baltes, Dirkschneider, Frank and Schwarzmann). These festivals turned out to be a success, with the last show on August 27, 2005. When asked about a permanent reunion, on May 14, 2009, Udo Dirkschneider announced that he would not be participating in an Accept reunion, preferring instead to remain on his own project U.D.O., formerly a side-project that had now become a full time endeavor.

Nonetheless, a reunion would happen in 2009 and Blood of the Nations arrived in 2010 with Wolf Hoffmann (guitars/backing vocals), Peter Baltes (bass/backing vocals), Mark Tornillo (lead vocals), Uwe Lulis (guitars) who replaced Herman Frank in 2014, Christopher Williams (drums) who replaced Stefan Schwarzmann in 2015.

Stalingrad (2012) and Blind Rage (2014) then followed.

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Nation Germany
City Solingen
Promotional Address Unknown
Genre Heavy Metal
Formations/Versions 3
Web Unknown
Active Years 1968-1989, 1992-1997, 2009-
E-Mail Unknown
Old RRCA File Code REV00343
New Reference Code 383

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