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The unusual German folk intro, suddenly interrupted by the unmistakable Udo shriek, succeeded by the opening killer track Fast as a Shark is amongst the most memorable heavy metal moments ever recorded.
This speed metal anthem was a blueprint for thousands of worldwide young acts like Helloween and it's probably the first speed metal track ever recorded on vinyl. This fact alone makes Restless and Wild an absolute classic and extreme influential album, but this German gem has a lot more to offer than the furious opening song.
Just after the previous shark ride we get into the amazing title track drifted by Wolf Hoffmann's inspired riff. Restless and Wild still remains one of Accept's best known songs and a favourite live act. Ahead of the Pack and specially Shake Your Heads are more...let's say...Priest oriented, however we're back on tracks with the powerful mid-tempo Neon Nights. Get Ready, another catchy Priest oriented track, precedes the raw and heavy Demon's Night, already covered by Cannibal Corpse in the late 90's. We move on trough the heavy balanced Flash Rockin' Man and the catchy Don't Go Stealin' My Soul Away to make the final stop on the timeless epic Princess of the Dawn, one of their best songs based on another amazing and powerful riff from Wolf Hoffmann.
Balls To The Wall may be their best known and highest-selling album, but Restless and Wild was definitely more influential and still remains my favourite Accept album.
Fast as a Shark, Restless and Wild and Princess of the Dawn
Udo and Wolf Hoffmann performances
Princess of the Dawn sudden ending