Russian Roulette (Accept album)

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Russian Roulette
Studio album by Accept
Released April 21, 1986 (1986-04-21)
Recorded Dierks Studios, Stommeln, Cologne, Germany, October 1985–January 1986
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal
Length 43:21
Label RCA (Europe)
Portrait (US)
Producer Accept
Accept chronology
Kaizoku-Ban
(1985)
Russian Roulette
(1986)
Eat the Heat
(1989)
Singles from Russian Roulette
  1. "T.V. War / It's Hard to Find a Way"
    Released: June 1986 (1986-06)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[2]

Russian Roulette is the seventh studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, released in 1986. It was again recorded at Dierks-Studios, but the band chose to self-produce rather than bring back Dieter Dierks as producer. It would be the last Accept album to feature Udo Dirkschneider as lead vocalist until the 1993 reunion album Objection Overruled.[1]

The album returns Accept to the darker, heavier sound of releases prior to the more commercial-sounding predecessor Metal Heart. Wolf Hoffmann explained the band's decision: "Maybe we were trying sort of go back to our natural and not polished Accept sound with that record. We weren't really all that happy with the polished and clean-sounding Metal Heart. I was sort of very happy with my guitar playing on that record and very happy with my parts, but I remember the whole vibe of the band was at the time that we don't want to go through this again with Dieter Dierks who had produced Metal Heart."[3]

Peter Baltes explained the album's title and front cover as an expression of the strong anti-war themes throughout the record, showing war as a game of russian roulette: "It means - go and play the game y'know, what a silly game it is. One will die definitely."[4]

The digitally remastered CD edition includes live versions of "Metal Heart" and "Screaming for a Love-Bite" as bonus tracks, taken from the Kaizoku-Ban EP.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music written by Accept and Deaffy.

Side one
  1. "T.V. War" – 3:27
  2. "Monsterman" – 3:25
  3. "Russian Roulette" – 5:22
  4. "It's Hard to Find a Way" – 4:19
  5. "Aiming High" – 4:26
Side two
  1. "Heaven Is Hell" – 7:12
  2. "Another Second to Be" – 3:19
  3. "Walking in the Shadow" – 4:27
  4. "Man Enough to Cry" – 3:14
  5. "Stand Tight" – 4:05

Credits[edit]

Band members
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
German Albums (Official Top 100)[5] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[6] 16
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 9
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 80
US Billboard 200[10] 114

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Accept Russian Roulette review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  3. ^ "Accept - interviews". Metallian.com. June 17, 2002. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sharpe, Gaz (1986). "Gambler GAZ SHARPE talks to Accept bassist PETER BALTES". Metal Forces (18). Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Accept – Russian Roulette". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  6. ^ "Accept – Russian Roulette". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  7. ^ "Accept – Russian Roulette". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  8. ^ "Accept – Russian Roulette". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  9. ^ "Accept | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  10. ^ "Accept Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Accept. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-06-10.