Restless and Wild

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Restless and Wild
Accept - Restless & Wild.jpg
Studio album by Accept
Released 2 October 1982 (1982-10-02)
Recorded February–March and June 1982
Studio Dierks Studios, Cologne, Germany
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal
Label Brain (Germany)
Heavy Metal (UK)
Portrait (US)
Producer Accept
Accept chronology
Restless and Wild
Balls to the Wall
(1983)Balls to the Wall1983
Singles from Restless and Wild
  1. "Fast as a Shark" / "Get Ready"
    Released: November 1982
  2. "Restless and Wild" / "Don't Go Stealing My Soul Away"
    Released: November 1982
  3. "Restless and Wild" / "Fast as a Shark"
    Released: December 1983
Alternative cover
Alternative cover

Restless and Wild is the fourth studio album by German heavy metal band Accept, released in 1982 in Continental Europe and in 1983 in the US and UK. It was the first Accept album to not be recorded at Delta-Studio, the band moving to Dieter Dierks' studio in Stommeln. It is also the first Accept album in which Udo Dirkschneider sings every track, as well as the first in which manager Gaby Hauke ("Deaffy") gains credits for songwriting. Michael Wagener took engineering and mixing duties once again.

Album information[edit]

Jan Koemmet joined the band briefly before the release of this album, but did not participate in the recording.[1] The guitar on the finished product is done by Wolf Hoffmann alone, although Herman Frank had joined the band by the time the album was released, and is credited on the album cover.[2]

The album is best known for the opening track, "Fast as a Shark", considered among the fastest speed metal songs for the time.

Another well-known track is album closer "Princess of the Dawn", a tense song that Udo describes as "a Cinderella story" and "like a Lord of the Rings fantasy" with no deep meaning.[3] Wolf Hoffmann achieved the haunting mandolin-like effect by recording the guitar at half-speed, then having it played back at normal speed.[4] He describes the sudden ending as "an idea that didn't work so well."[1]

Versions of the album released outside Germany were issued with a different cover, replacing the picture of burning guitars with a shot of the band live in concert. American death metal band Cannibal Corpse has made a cover of the song "Demon's Night" on their EP Worm Infested.

On 25 January 2011 the album was performed in its entirety at a special show in Switzerland.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[5]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[6]
Hard & heavy2/3 stars[7]

Restless and Wild has received mostly positive reviews. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic praised Restless and Wild with 4.5 out of 5 stars and called it Accept's "creative breakthrough." He then added, "The bottom line here is that this, like its successor Balls to the Wall, is an essential heavy metal album, and any fan worth his salt should own them both."[5]

Restless and Wild was Accept's first album to chart in the UK,[8] Sweden[9] and the Netherlands. The album failed to chart in the United States.

Udo has agreed with the general assessment of Restless and Wild as a landmark heavy metal record, calling it "surely the most important Accept album".[10] Wolf's praise is more reserved, calling it "just another record"[1] and adding, "looking back maybe we think 'Fast as a Shark' was the first speed metal song ever, but at the time we sorta just had fun and we didn't think it was anything dramatically new. Obviously, maybe what was so cool about this time was that we weren't thinking so much. We were just ballsy and tried to do things without having much to lose."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Wolf Hoffmann, Stefan Kaufmann, Udo Dirkschneider, Peter Baltes.

Side one
1."Fast as a Shark"Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes3:49
2."Restless and Wild"Robert A. Smith-Diesel and Accept4:12
3."Ahead Of The Pack"Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes3:24
4."Shake Your Heads"Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes4:17
5."Neon Nights"Deaffy, Smith-Diesel and Accept6:01
Side two
6."Get Ready"Smith-Diesel and Accept3:41
7."Demon's Night"Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes4:27
8."Flash Rockin' Man"Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes4:28
9."Don't Go Stealing My Soul Away"Smith-Diesel and Accept3:15
10."Princess Of The Dawn"Deaffy, Smith-Diesel and Accept6:15
Total length:43:49


Band members
  • Michael Wagener – engineer, mixing
  • Stefan Böhle/Studio Icks – photography and design


Chart Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 47
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 98


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  2. ^ Hoffmann, Wolf. "Restless & Wild". Wolf Hoffmann official website. Archived from the original on 2 May 1999. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "UDO - interviews". 23 May 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  4. ^ Hoffmann, Wolf. "Frequently Asked Questions". Wolf Hoffmann official website. Archived from the original on 5 December 1998. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Accept Restless & Wild review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  6. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  7. ^ Hervé Picart, "Accept", Hard & heavy - Les dieux du rock lourd (french book with an entire chapter dedicate to Accept), Jacques Grancher, 1985, p.9
  8. ^ "Accept". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2 May 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Swedish Charts Portal". Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  10. ^ Henderson, Tim (2005). "Hard News Page 2". Hard Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  11. ^ " – Accept – Restless And Wild" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  12. ^ " – Accept – Restless And Wild". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Accept | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 10 June 2014.