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Eat the heat (1989) [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000091D9B
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Wow, wow, wow! I have to admit I am not a fan of the band with their usual / original singer but his album rocks! Turn the Wheel Round and X-T-C are my favourite songs. The musicianship is excellent and the guitars are wonderful. I have listened to their other albums but they aren't for me. First heard this band on the AOR magazine show on Team Rock radio when they were playing Turn the Wheel round and I thought what a fun song with great guitars and knew I had to get a copy of the album. This is a more typical 80s rock sound which I think annoyed a lot of their fans but for me this is the sort of music I like so for me the album is great.
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I bought this after reading reviews following the purchase of the last couple of CD's (Blood of the Nations/Stalingrad/Blind Rage). Although I didn't expect the same style (well 25 years is a long time between releases) the difference in quality is vast. This is a poor man's hair metal band trying to ride the coat tails of the "super strat" bands that were prevalent at that time. A bit of MTV Whitesnake and other blandola balladesque type tunes, all of which fail to raise the rock flag on any track. A total departure from their UDO days as David Reece doesn't really fit in the Accept mould (proven by the fact that they changed direction back to a harder, rawer feel with an UDO soundalike). Just demonstrates how much control a record label and producer have over the musical direction of a band that had so much more quality than this. I bet Wolf Hoffman looks back on this and cringes. Do they play any of this live-very doubtful.

Give this the elbow and buy any of the latest releases that inlcude Mark Tornillo as they are far superior in musicianship, sound and composition quality.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks HNE for the great remastering. 25 Jan. 2016
By Steve Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I never cared much for this CD ,but now it is much tolerable. HNE rocks.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 July 2016
By Keith Markfield - Published on Amazon.com
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ACCEPT CD 6 Dec. 2009
By R. JACKSON - Published on Amazon.com
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MOST OF MY HEAVY METAL FAN COUNTERPARTS ARE SURPRISED TO LEARN HOW FAR BACK ACCEPT GOES, HAVING BEEN FORMED IN 1973 BY A BARELY 5 FOOT TALL TROLL OF A MAN NAMED UDO DIRKSCHNEIDER, THE BAND WAS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE DAWN OF THE BELOVED MUSIC THAT WAS TO BECOME KNOWN AS HEAVYMETAL THAT WAS BLOWTORCHING IT'S WAY ACROSS EUROPE AND GERMANY IN THE MID AND LATE 70'S.

THE FIRST SELF TITLED ACCEPT ALBUM WOULD BE RELEASED IN 1979 BY THESE THEN YOUNG LATE TEEN AGED CHAPS, AND TO PLAY IT BACK TODAY ON CD YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE CREATIVITY AND ROOTS OF THE LATER FORM OF THE MUSIC THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME BASTARDIZED BEYOND RECOGNITION THAT WERE LAYED ON THEIR FIRST 4 ALBUMS.

OF COURSE AS WE ALL REMEMBER AS TRUE METAL FANS TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT,1984'S "BALLS TO THE WALL" WAS THE ALBUM THAT TOOK THE BAND TO ESPECIALLY AMERICAN SUPERSTARDOME WHICH PLAYS INTO WHAT YOU WILL READ AT THE END OF THIS REVIEW. THE BAND ENJOYED MONUMENTAL SUCCESS AND UNFORTUNATELY FOR 80'S METAL FANS, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THE NEXT ALBUM OF YOUR FAVORITE BAND, THE WORD "CROSSOVER".

AFTER THE SUCCESS OF "BALLS TO THE WALL", RECORD COMPANY PRESSURE WOULD BE APPARENT ON THE BAND'S NEXT OFFERING "METAL HEART" IN 1985,THE SAME WOULD THEN RING TRUE FOR "RUSSIAN ROULETTE" IN 1986 AS THE BAND'S FOUNDING MEMBER UDO WOULD THEN DEPART CITING A LACK OF THE BAND'S ORIGINAL ROOTS AND HEAVYNESS AS HIS REASON FOR LEAVING.

WHICH THEN BRINGS YOU TO 1989'S "EAT THE HEAT". WELL DON'T BE TOTALLY FOOLED BY THE FIRST PART OF MY REVIEW, THE BAND NOW MARCHING ON WITH AMERICAN SINGER DAVID REECE,AS IT TURNS OUT IS NOT ALL THAT BAD THOUGH NOTHING GROUNDBREAKING.UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF THE BAND IS IMPORTANT BEFORE LISTENING TO "EAT THE HEAT", DO NOT EXPECT WHAT YOU GOT FROM "BALLS TO THE WALL" AND YOU'LL BE FINE, REMEMBER IT IS NOW 1989,AND THE STANDARD FORMULA FOR A SUCCESSFULL HAIR METAL BAND IS APPARENT ON THIS OFFERING AT THIS POINT IN THE MUSIC'S HISTORY.

LONG STORY SHORT DAVID REECE DOES A BANG UP JOB FOR THE MUSIC AT THIS POINT IN TIME,THE CD HAS 2 VERY HARDROCKERS, "D TRAIN" AND "HELLHAMMER" WHICH MAKE THE CD WORTH THE PRICE OF OWNING IT,"D TRAIN" IS THE HAIR ON FIRE TRACK ON THE ALBUM, OUTSIDE OF "HELLHAMMER" THE REST IS STANDARD 80'S HARD ROCK BUT HEY,IF YOU'VE BEEN SUFFERING THROUGH WHAT HAS BEEN BEING PAST AS ROCK AND ROLL OVER THE LAST 2 DECADES I RECOMMEND THIS CD FOR THAT PURPOSE ALONE.

IF YOU MISS GOOD 80'S HEAVYMETAL AND HARD ROCK PICK THIS ONE UP, GOD KNOWS IT'S BETTER THAN THE "ALTERNATIVE".
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At least 8 Great, POWERFUL TRACKS -- Excellent underrated release with a TREMENDOUS singer! 13 May 2003
By Johnny Angel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In late 1988 Udo was "out" of Accept pursuing 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 surprising 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 commercial 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.

Hands down the best track on the album is 'Mistreated'. Half ballad, half straight up rocker. This really showcases Reece's vocal ability showing intensity yet with soft passion. You can almost envision this as a huge 80's "balland anthem", with an arena of people holding their lighters and singing along. However, it was released under the 'Accept' name and "with a new singer" - Accept not being historically known for that type of anthem - hence this song and album kinda got lost on the radar. (Just a side note: This was the same year Skid Row released their debut with completely overrated singer Sebastian Bach with completely overrated song "I remember you". Compare the albums/songs/musicianship side by side and you'll see who the better band was...)

The first and second tracks are excellent (XTC - great rocker - and the 2nd track, Prisoner, you will sense the commerical sound, as if you could have also envisioned it on the radio in 1989, but it still rocks really hard). I think the clear stand-out tracks aside Mistreated 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.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The day Accept sold out.... 12 Nov. 2004
By Botnik Roller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The year is 1989. Udo Dirkschneider is gone, so Accpet feel free to "accept" the dubious good advises from their managers / record company executives / whoever, and they go for an all-out assault to "make America", destroying their established raw sound for a pedestrian, lifeless, stupid hair-metal sound typical of middle-eighties... What a shame.. Udo's replacement, David Reece, no doubt has a powerful set of lungs, but he delivers the songs in an unoriginal way, similar to all of the hair metal bands of the eighties.

EAT THE HEAT is a very bad album, don't be fooled by the others reviews. Of course, Wolf Hoffmann and the rest of the guys are extremely talented heavy rockers, but the trouble here is the lack of soul in the record: it is clearly a commercial metal product from that period, with all the obligatory love ballads, love lyrics, reverbered drums, etc. When you compare it with their previous classics, even with RUSSIAN ROULETTE, you will want to cry. Skip it.
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