Russian Roulette (Accept album)

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Russian Roulette
Russian Roulette (album).jpg
Studio album by Accept
Released 21 April 1986 (1986-04-21)
Recorded October 1985–January 1986
Studio Dierks Studios, Stommeln, Cologne, Germany
Genre Heavy metal
Label RCA (Europe)
Portrait (US)
Producer Accept
Accept chronology
Kaizoku-Ban
(1985)Kaizoku-Ban1985
Russian Roulette
(1986)
Eat the Heat
(1989)Eat the Heat1989
Singles from Russian Roulette
  1. "T.V. War" / "It's Hard to Find a Way"
    Released: June 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[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. The 2014 release from UK based record label Hear No Evil Recordings features live versions of "Neon Nights", "Burning" and "Head Over Heels", taken from the 1990 live album Staying a Life.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music written by Accept and Deaffy.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "T.V. War" 3:29
2. "Monsterman" 3:26
3. "Russian Roulette" 5:22
4. "It's Hard to Find a Way" 4:19
5. "Aiming High" 4:24
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Heaven Is Hell" 7:12
7. "Another Second to Be" 3:19
8. "Walking in the Shadow" 4:27
9. "Man Enough to Cry" 3:14
10. "Stand Tight" 4:05
Total length: 43:17

Credits[edit]

Band members
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle 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 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ "Accept - interviews". Metallian.com. 17 June 2002. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Sharpe, Gaz (1986). "Gambler GAZ SHARPE talks to Accept bassist PETER BALTES". Metal Forces (18). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Accept – Russian Roulette". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Accept – Russian Roulette". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Accept – Russian Roulette". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Accept – Russian Roulette". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Accept | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Accept Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 June 2014.