Accept
I'm a Rebel


3.5
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Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
November 12th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist


I'm A Rebel is the second album from German heavy metal band Accept, best known for bulldog frontman Udo Dirkschneider and their 1984 song Balls To The Wall. The band has gone on to build quite a cult following over the years for their style of Judas Priest meets AC/DC no nonsense macho heavy metal, often accused of having a homosexual subtext (the hairy man leg on the cover of the Balls to The Wall LP and songs like London Leatherboys did them no favours here). Still, Accept always managed to stand out from the pack enough to be considered an essential metal band of it's day and has released a number of solid albums including this one.

Title track I'm A Rebel is credited as being written by George Alexander, which is a pseudonym for Alex Young, elder brother of Angus Young and Malcolm Young. This only makes the AC/DC comparisons to Accept even more interesting, it is a belter of a rock song with it's chorus ("I'm a rebel, a rebel, don't you just know it"") making it an early Accept classic. it is not a far stretch to imagine this as an AC/DC track, and indeed the band has covered it before. Save Us indicates the direction the rest of the album goes in, the group trying to find their future niche by experimenting with a commercial sound. This makes for some great energetic rock songs, Thunder And Lightning, China Lady, Do It and I Wanna Be No Hero aren't much different from one another but all feature good riffs, excellent leadwork and solid choruses.

The album has a couple of more restrained numbers, both sung by bassist Peter Baltes. No Time to Lose the first of these. With it's wavery guitar arpeggios at the beginning it works into a nice ballad, featuring a nice, if cliche lyrical hook ("oh baby/give me your love, no time to lose/baby come back run away all my blues/light up my life, don't waste the time/I know if you are back then you are mine"). The King is based around an acoustic guitar pattern, the chorus section overlayed by some distorted rock guitars which gives it a strong dynamic.

I'm A Rebel is an excellent release from Accept, yet to reach their peak but definitely showing plenty of potential as a fledging metal act. It features a number of worthwhile heavy metal tracks, none of which perhaps stand out enough to be called truly classic (there is no Balls To The Wall here) but are all consistently fun to listen to in any case. It works well as an album, it's weak spots aren't enough to completely damage it from being listened to in it's entirety.



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Meatplow
November 13th 2009


5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9ndJUCoFJc

Sodom's cover of this was pretty funny. Also -

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[img]http://i38.tinypic.com/4hz4ic.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i37.tinypic.com/2ynknro.jpg[/img]

Udo will always be a hero of mine no matter what he does.

Mordecai.
November 13th 2009


8378 Comments


hahaha

Nagrarok
November 13th 2009


8593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was still considering reviewing Accept, but it seems you took on the job yourself.

Meatplow
November 13th 2009


5524 Comments


I thought you would be the guy to tackle them.

I probably won't be reviewing any of their other stuff this is a one off.

Nagrarok
November 13th 2009


8593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll see what I can do, but I fear I have many other priorities for reviewing. Also, Balls to the Wall is a fantastic album, but their other material doesn't stand out that much.

Meatplow
November 13th 2009


5524 Comments


Indeed.

I find their live recordings are very enjoyable.

Nagrarok
November 13th 2009


8593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Followed the link, and that title track sounds a helluva lot like earlier Priest.

Meatplow
November 13th 2009


5524 Comments


Yeah, it's pretty bomb. Son Of A Bitch off of Breaker has to be up there with my favourite Accept tracks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWk5wr1p3mk

How can you deny lyrics like that?

Nagrarok
November 13th 2009


8593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You can't.

Willie
Moderator
November 13th 2009


17623 Comments


Is that Bruce Willis on the right in that second picture?!

Meatplow
November 13th 2009


5524 Comments


Bruce Willis on stage with Udo would be the ultimate badass event

Sabrutin
April 24th 2015


6033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Save Us" is so damn good, this album is really underrated.

rockandmetaljunkie
August 15th 2015


7882 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

utterly forgettable

Sabrutin
August 15th 2015


6033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Basically half of this is made of some of my favorite Accept songs.

Sabrutin
November 7th 2018


6033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

1:45 onwards into Save Us is so good.



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