In late 1988 Udo was "out" of Accept persuing a solo career with his new band U.D.O. (which was similar in style and musicianship to Accept) and "in" was American newcomer and powerful singer David Reece.
Udo definetly was an identifiable voice and a steadfast icon when you think of Accept, but Reece on this album showed a very clean, crisp, and downright powerful voice at times emulating such renowned metal screamers as Rob Halford or Manowar's Eric Adams. Different though, was that Reece had an image/style that was borderline "hair-metalish" which some people welcomed (he could have just as well fit into a Motley Crue or similar type of band at the time as singer), while more traditional Accept fans didn't like the new singers stlye, despite his more than adequate voice. More suprising than the fresh and welcome change in the vocal department was also a new rhythm guitarist Jim Stacey, who actually played nothing on this release but was the new touring rhythm guitar player. Not much is generally known about Jim or where he played before, or since, this era as he has pretty much disappeared from the scene. He, along with David Reece and Wolf Hoffmann were said to be very accommodating to the fans after shows during this era for the tours with WASP and Metal Church.
First and foremost, the scathing 1 or 2 star reviews here are simply from people who A. Probably never heard the album or any of the other songs beyond 'Generation Clash;, or B. Simply bash for the sake of 'bashing', or un-accepting (no pun intended) that there was a new singer. Anybody who states Reece 'could not sing' clearly needs to see an ENT specialist pronto.
The album overall I would say is' extremely good' and yes, some songs you will get a sense of commerical vibe with a dileberate intent by the Accept camp to try a new change and maybe compete with some of the other heavy rock/hair metal acts "happening" at the time, but you WILL know this is trademark Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes behind their respective instruments. The first and second tracks are excellent (the 2nd track, Prisoner, you will sense the commerical sound, as if you could have envisioned it on the radio in 1989, but it still rocks really hard). I think the clear stand-out tracks by far are track 5 (D-Train) which is totally killer all-around, and track 10 (Hell Hammer) which showcases how truly powerful and crisp Reece was behind he microphone. Other tremendous tracks include Generation Clash, Chain Reaction, Break The Ice, and Turn the Wheel (which Udo and his band contributed 'crowd vocals' to).
* Note. Some albums have the additional tracks 'Break the Ice' and 'I Can't Believe In You'. Both are excellent tracks in themselves.
The 2-3 filler tracks are okay but nothing to get into a tizzy over, some of the other song titles have a "prince" vibe to them but they are still quality metal tracks. For the tracks Ive listed above, this album on those merits alone is worth a buy especially for many of those fans out there who might have really appreciated some of the better hair metal with much beefier songs than say what Poison or Faster Pussycat was doing during that time, but may have not been exposed to this release or that of David Reece.
Overall I would say this is a pretty darn good album. It's not as legendary as "Restless And Wild" or "Balls To The Wall", but it is better than even some of the stuff they released with UDO in the late 90s. However, this was the sole release with David Reece. The tour with WASP and Metal Church wasn't drawing too well and internal problems within the band led to Reece being dismissed at the beginning of the 90's and Accept going on a few years hiatus.
A few years later David Reece was rumored to have turned down an offer to join Judas Priest for the main reason of not wanting to go into another band as "a replacement singer" again -- traditional metal fans especially those who loved the "metal screamers" would more than likely I'd think appreciate Reece's work on this LP.
4 out of 5 for this album. Give it a try.