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 Dierks Studios, Cologne, Germany, February–March and June 1982
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal
Length 43:37
Label Brain (Germany)
Heavy Metal (UK)
Portrait (US)
Producer Accept
Accept chronology
Restless and Wild
Balls to the Wall
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

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 first speed metal songs.

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". It can be found 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[6]

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,[7] Sweden[8] 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".[9] 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
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Fast as a Shark"   Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 3:48
2. "Restless and Wild"   Robert A. Smith-Diesel and Accept 4:10
3. "Ahead Of The Pack"   Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 3:22
4. "Shake Your Heads"   Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 4:00
5. "Neon Nights"   Deaffy, Smith-Diesel and Accept 6:00
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Length
6. "Get Ready"   Smith-Diesel and Accept 3:49
7. "Demon's Night"   Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 4:34
8. "Flash Rockin' Man"   Hoffmann, Kaufmann, Dirkschneider, Baltes 4:24
9. "Don't Go Stealing My Soul Away"   Smith-Diesel and Accept 3:15
10. "Princess Of The Dawn"   Deaffy, Smith-Diesel and Accept 6:15


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


Chart Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 47
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 27
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 98


  1. ^ a b c d "Accept - interviews". June 17, 2002. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Hoffmann, Wolf. "Restless & Wild". Wolf Hoffmann official website. Archived from the original on May 2, 1999. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "UDO - interviews". May 23, 2007. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Hoffmann, Wolf. "Frequently Asked Questions". Wolf Hoffmann official website. Archived from the original on December 5, 1998. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Accept Restless & Wild review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Accept". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Swedish Charts Portal". Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Henderson, Tim (2005). "Hard News Page 2". Hard Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ " – Accept – Restless And Wild" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  11. ^ " – Accept – Restless And Wild". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  12. ^ "Accept | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 2014-06-10.