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German bands did not invent Heavy Metal, but they sure got onboard. Accept was a prime example. Their fifth studio album "Balls To The Wall" ('83), was the band's only effort to be certified gold in the United States and Canada, and spawned the well-known title track hit.

After disbanding in '97, long after their heyday, Accept tried a reunion in '05. That didn't take hold, but another reunion attempt in '09 did.

Fronted by Mark Tornillo, the group issued "Blood Of The Nations" ('10), "Stalingrad" ('12) and "Blind Rage" ('14) - the latter was Accept's first album to reach #1 on their home country's chart.

But the upswing hit a glitch in late '14, when the group lost guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann.

Both decided to focus their energies on their own group, Panzer. Months later, Grave Digger and Rebellion guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams were named as their replacements.

Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann also stepped out releasing, in '16, his second neo-Classical solo album, "Headbangers Symphony." '97's "Classical" was his first.

David Reece, the vocalist on "Eat The Heat," later joined Bonfire. But he got sacked in '16 when Bonfire traded him, due to "personal and professional differences" for Michael Bormann, who fronted the group in '93-'94. But Reece was undaunted releasing "Compromise" in '13 and "Resilient Heart," five years later. A press release claimed "Resilient Heart" was "rich on full-blown melodic Heavy Metal."

Accept's fifteenth studio album, "Rise Of Chaos," was their first with Lulis and Williams.

Hoffman stated the '17 effort's title referenced the "human-caused chaos in the world."

Another major departure occurred a year later when founding bassist Peter Baltes announced his exit. "I have been with the band from the very beginning," explained Baltes in a statement. "Many of you have been there as well. I like to thank you all for the great years we shared together. Keep it Metal."

Accept Discography


1979 Accept
1980 I'm A Rebel
1981 Breaker
1982 Restless And Wild
1983 Balls To The Wall
1985 Metal Heart
1986 Russian Roulette
1989 Eat The Heat
1993 Objection Overruled
1994 Death Row
1996 Predator
2010 Blood Of The Nations
2012 Stalingrad
2014 Blind Rage
2017 Rise Of Chaos

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