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Artist: Accept

Title: Balls to the Wall

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Category: Heavy Metal

Year: 1984

Label: Sony

Catalog Number: 39241


Louis Austin engineer
Peter Baltes bass guitar
Udo Dirkschneider vocals
Hermann Frank guitar
Wolf Hoffmann guitar
Stefan Kaufmann drums
Michael Wagener mixing


1.  Balls to the Wall  5:42
2.  London Leatherboys  3:51
3.  Fight It Back  3:38
4.  Head over Heels  4:25
5.  Losing More Than You've Ever Had  5:10
6.  Love Child  3:34
7.  Turn Me On  5:12
8.  Losers and Winners  4:19
9.  Guardian of the Night  4:24
10.  Winterdreams  4:52
Total Running Time:  45:07

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From: Wade Wood Date: March 8, 2001 at 14:14
Accept, for it's time was pretty heavy, this album is an all time classic.

From: Tosi DeBudo Date: January 28, 2002 at 4:44
Typical 80ies! The song 'Balls to the Wall' is an all-time classic! The nutcracker still makes me shiver every time I listen to the song!!!

From: Iggy freud Date: February 27, 2002 at 14:06
Thier best album.All songs have good riffs and/or melodies well composed little if any formage!Excellent production. Wolf Hoffman's guitar tone is just crushing!The only filler here is the ballad.Must have!

From: Date: March 21, 2002 at 23:29
This record makes me want to get in my car and ram somebody

From: Kim Date: May 26, 2002 at 1:53
Not as good as Restless And Wild, but still a good release. Maybe a bit overproduced.

From: Metalhead Date: June 8, 2002 at 1:23
Even if you can't carry a tune, you can sing most of the songs here because they are just so MELODIC.

From: Steve T Date: July 29, 2002 at 7:26
I agree with Kim. Nowhere near as good as R&W. The title track is a classic but the rest is below par...for me anyway.

From: Borkforker33 Date: October 4, 2002 at 22:34
One of my all-time favorites. 1985, just got my lisence, and absolutly baring this on the tape deck!!

From: Nev Date: October 16, 2002 at 7:58
disappointing I thought..just didn't kick your ass like R&W

From: ART Date: November 23, 2002 at 21:16
One of the best melodic metal albums of this era. I don't think there's a bad song on it!

From: iaffprofireman Date: November 23, 2002 at 21:21
I agree 100% w/ my buddy Art ( his comments above ) This is a classic melody metal group. ( Even their new stuff, and Udo's new solo stuff still is great.) They are one of my alltime favorite bands. And this is probably their best album ( I've never heard a bad Accept album, though! )I don't think there is a bad song on this one!

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: November 24, 2002 at 8:22
Siguiendo la estela del Restless,aunque en este el sonido es mucho mejor,Autentico Heavy Metal ochentero,donde destaca uno de los himnos por antonomasia del Heavy Metal Balls To Wall.MUY BUENO.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: November 25, 2002 at 16:44
Gee, you and ART seem to have a lot in for instance your IP....

From: iaffprofireman Date: December 28, 2002 at 4:41
Yes we do Blue, and that is because: A. He's my best pal! B. He doesn't have his own computer yet ( reason for the same IP ) and C. We both know GOOD music!

From: HG Date: January 4, 2003 at 5:26
Good CD from a great German band. I think MTV hurt these guys more than it helped them. The singer looks like a mini-Rob Halford without the leather, and if I only heard the music, I could not possibly imagine him looking like that.

From: freddy de keyze Date: January 9, 2003 at 20:13
I would buy this just for the barbershop quartet harmonies alone. But when you throw in the soft keyboards and gentle saxophone solos throughout, this becomes a MUST HAVE for any AOR collection. A little like Journey meets Air Supply, with just a touch of B-52's thrown in. I am LOVING it like a naked man after a body wax!

From: Scott Date: February 5, 2003 at 19:49
This was the album that broke Accept lose in America. The title track became their calling card. To this day when you mention Accept you'll get the reply, 'Didn't they record 'Balls to the Wall?' Not much to say on this album except that it is one of the all time classics of heavy metal. Udo strut his stuff all over this one. My wife still cringes every time she hears those balls being squeezed in the title track.

From: steve Date: February 21, 2003 at 18:23
balls to the wall is a great song

From: rising power Date: March 24, 2003 at 2:21
Balls to the wall is one the best heavy metal albums ever.It's well produced has good songs. Very heavy yet melodic. You can sing along to it so well that your vocal chords will be doing overtime. It first because of some lyrics I thought they were gay but it appears that some woman called Deaffy wrote the lyrics. OOOF!!! slight panic there.

From: Motley Date: June 16, 2003 at 23:06
An awesome cd. a true icon in the metal styel!!! but freddy what the hell do you mean by writing all that crap like horns, barbershop and AOR? Please go back to your and take medication for what ever you are dealing with. This is bloody metal and not any tower of power get2gether....!!!!!!

From: ALEJANDRO Date: June 23, 2003 at 7:25
La confirmaci'n de lo que RESTLESS insinuaba se afianza en este disco. Amalgaman la melod'a a la fuerza que ya ten'an y se consagran como banda de primera l'nea de la 'poca.Himnos como BALLS, LONDON.. se tornaron atemporales, pero joyas como LOVE CHILD,LOSING..,TURN ME ON,GUARDIAN,no se quedan atr's. Este disco m's THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST y SCREAMING FOR VENGANCE, son la trilog'a cumbre de principios de los 80. 10/10. Cl'sico absoluto.

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From: Blue Charvel Date: July 14, 2003 at 13:20
Just popped in a CD of Accept tunes I made a ways back. This album just kicks ass. I agree, not quite as good as Restless, but I actually prefer the production on Balls. Also thought this was their peak before they tried to get a little too melodic for their abilities...ala Metal Heart.

From: RR-Finland Date: August 30, 2003 at 10:38
Great record absolutely! No crappy songs included. Udo screams like fire siren and it's allways pleasure to hear Wolf playing his guitar. This album gets better year after year. Winter Dreams is very touching track to Finnish guy like me!

From: keebler Date: October 4, 2003 at 14:01
i really like this cd but they are strange.

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From: Whiplash1972 Date: October 19, 2003 at 1:08
The only Accept disc I ever owned(even if for only a short time).Udo's voice makes me think of nails on a chalkboard for some reason. I think this one was probably a little more popular than it should have been just due to the fact that it had the 'naughty' song 'Balls to the Wall' on it.'London Leatherboys' & 'Turn Me On' were passable as well, but overall, not a disc that I held onto.

From: Great Dane Date: October 19, 2003 at 12:39
Whiplash 1972................Hmmm what can I say. If you dont like Accept with a name like yours. UDO's voice might be annoying, but the music.............Uhh its phenomenal, and if you can live with the UDO growls, you will have one hell of a cocktail. I have many of their cd's, and theyre one of the few bands I will listen to in 2020.................:-)

From: Great Dane Date: October 19, 2003 at 12:41
................And Balls To The Wall is a sucker. The one I like the least.

From: lance1 Date: December 14, 2003 at 1:39
love child slams and balls to the wall kicks butt.saw them open for dio and they are powerful live.have opened for kiss and iron maiden.they didnt need a stage show,just stacks of amps and a metal crowd.underrated and loud.a true classic.

From: Metal Pete Date: January 22, 2004 at 15:08
An amazing album. Chock-full of incredible metal! Wolf's guitar just flows into the ears like a stripper's husky whisper! ha hah a. Great, great album. I must also give this one a 9.5. 'cuz they're losers and winners! just like you and me!'

From: Metal-Temple Date: March 15, 2004 at 17:43
'Balls To The Wall' is a definition for what Heavy Metal stands for as a sound!

From: Darkos Date: April 6, 2004 at 12:15
fajny zespol - polecam strone duzo o AOR

From: Carbon Date: May 18, 2004 at 13:40
Sin duda un clasico del heavymetal de los ochenta.Balls con Restless fueron uno de los primeros discos de metal que escuche en mi vida.

From: jack Date: June 4, 2004 at 4:47
WHy don't they put this band in the cause accept's music belongs there. This is not hard rock,this is heavy metal. wE are talking bout judas priest or manowar music here,not poison or dokken!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: June 4, 2004 at 9:00
I think this disc fits perfectly within the confines of Melodic Metal, which would probably also play well on Brutal Metal, but belongs here as well. Chill m'man. It's all good brother!

From: fallen angel Date: June 14, 2004 at 23:39
si te gustan bandas komo skid row ,firehouse,motley crue,slaughter,britny fox ,trixter,l.a.guns,kiss kix,faster pussycat,tesla ,ratt,stryper,quiet riot,twisted sister,britny fox,dangerous toys ,bang tango,danger danger,poison,queensryche,steelheart....... mi korreo es --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From: rafa Date: June 15, 2004 at 14:25
buenisimo y el tema balls to the wall todo un himno del heavy metal esto era autentico heavy metal de cuero y tachas hoy en dia no se hacen temas como estos una lastima

From: Big Papa K Date: June 19, 2004 at 1:27
The most popular Accept album released, thanks to the title track which sounds like a lost AC/DC classic. The rest of the album is either hit or miss. 7/10

From: Headbangin Man Date: June 26, 2004 at 14:37
LOVE this album. The title track, 'London Leatherboys,' 'Losing More Than You've Ever Had,' 'Love Child,' and 'Losers & Winners' are my faves; I just skip 'Winterdreams' (CD's are SO much better than albums!) I always thought this was their HEAVIEST...that is until I heard 'Death Row'! But this is probably my fave, but I LOVE the song 'Restless & Wild'

From: test Date: September 18, 2004 at 23:10
test test test

From: Propane Date: December 2, 2004 at 14:21
This was excellent. At a time when we were wondreing who was going to fall prey to MTV's un-plugged bullshit, this was refreshing.

From: metallian Date: December 7, 2004 at 13:41
This is a CLASSIC! 'Balls To The Wall', 'London Leatherboys', 'Fight It Back', and some other songs are great! No one is listening to metal if they don't get this. CLASSIC!

From: Oswaldo Franco Date: December 20, 2004 at 20:38
Emocionante, que heavy de los 80's de esta banda germana,lo resumo en una palabra EXPLOSIVO.

From: JUAN SG Date: April 12, 2005 at 22:11
Tras el 'RESTLESS AND WILD', otro bombazo de la banda germana. La confirmacion de uno de los dinosaurios del H.M. 'BALLS TO THE WALL' Es todo un clasico de los 80, y q contribuyo a que ese a'o 1985 pasara a la historia del genero con discos como 'LOVE AT FIRST STING' (SCORPIONS); 'CRUSADER' (SAXON); 'STAY HUNGRY' (TWISTED SISTER); 'WASP' (WASP)....ETC..10/10.

From: Karmak Date: April 30, 2005 at 12:31
Me parece simplemente insolito que a alguien no le guste Balls to the wall. Aca encontramos el despegue comercial de los germanos, pero sin perder sus raices heavy. Creo que este disco te rompe las 'balls', especialmente el tema titulo (Notese el detalle de las pelotitas crujiendo). Algun fan de Accept de Chile, comunicarse al mail

From: danaevans Date: May 1, 2005 at 0:27
accept kicks ass, they do music like it should be done, the new crap they play today, so called rock music, ha! kicks ass, old school metal is what the new bands should learn. songs like losers and winners and restless and wild, ahead of the pack and balls, just plain rock, like old metallica, and old van halen... and thats the bottom line....

From: Chad Date: June 4, 2005 at 0:15
This one is a bit of a mystery. They come out with an essential Metal Song in Balls to the Wall and then top it off with one that would rival it with London Leatherboys. Then the album sort of disappears. It tries to reel you in with Head Over Heals but falls short. If you want to hear the two killer tracks mentioned earlier, save your dough and buy the hits album. Do not give up on this band though if it your first introduction to them with this album. They have much better in their repetoire.

From: figgy Date: October 22, 2005 at 6:50
Very good 80's style metal ! Love 'balls to the Walls' Udo's voice was not a duplicate of what was out there already.Good axework,strong backing vocals and melodies makes this one a keeper for sure.A little lighter than some of their previous stuff,but still a keeper.

From: figgy Date: November 22, 2005 at 6:35
this was my favorite cd from these guys.Balls to the walls was the theme of my youth.Still kicks ass today.Best produced Accept music imo

From: son of slam Date: December 20, 2005 at 23:50
I got to see Udo open for Saxon a couple of years ago in Nashville at the Outer Limit. He did alot of the classic Accept stuff and ended the show with an ass kicking version of Balls to the Wall. Was a hell of a show. Balls to the Wall is a classic metal album and has earned its place in metal history.

From: lulla Date: February 9, 2006 at 16:09
This is Accept's finest moment. This album is great from its first second to its last second. All great songs.

From: Nick C Date: June 13, 2006 at 21:29
A good Accept album - but I dunno momentum seems to have been lost following on from the steamroller duo of Breaker and R & W. The opening title track (with the eye watering crunch mid song) and London Leather Boys are great as is Love Child and Losers and Winners. The other songs are good but it seems like the band are cruising a little. Still piddles on most of what was around at the time - though I was a little disappointed when I got this baby home. Good but not essential.

From: Metalmusicman Date: December 30, 2006 at 18:28
This is the album that made em' famous, but is clearly not their best. While 'Balls To The Wall' is an all time metal anthem and always will be, the rest of the disc has enough weaker moments to qualify it as a hit and miss affair I'm sorry to say. Don't get me wrong, the songs that hit the mark like the title track and a few others really hit the mark, but the ones that don't are almost skipable at times. This is still a good disc and will satisfy any Accept fan fully.

From: CS2007 Date: October 9, 2007 at 16:50
A very catchy, memorable early 80s heavy metal album. The title track, which is the band's most famous song, is the highlight. Songs such as 'London Leatherboys', 'Turn Me On', 'Losers and Winners' and 'Love Child' are also very good. Definitely one to pick up if you don't have it yet.

From: shark attack Date: December 23, 2007 at 7:54
Classic heavy metal. Buy and Die!!!!!!! 98/100

From: Metal T Date: December 18, 2008 at 17:45
One of the prime-cut metal bands of all time and although not their best record-'Balls To The Wall' like most Accept' albums just beat you senseless.Anyone who thinks these guys were all bite and not melodic when they wanted to be just go take another listen to 'Losing More Than You've Ever Had' and 'Winterdreams' then go grab the classic 'Metal Heart'...Accept were the real deal-no f-n doubt about it...

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: May 1, 2009 at 14:04
Clasico absoluto del Heavy Metal,no son canciones sino himnos del mejor metal,ninguna discografía estaría completa sin este discazzo,temas? todas, todas te harán llegar al clímax....10.10

From: Faron Date: September 24, 2009 at 11:13
Possibly now my favourite Accept album, used to be Breaker many moons ago. All great songs with my least favourite being London Leatherboys. Fight It Back, Turn Me On are probably my picks.

From: aorluver Date: January 15, 2010 at 10:05
They have always been deeply influenced by Judas Priest and this record is the clearest sign of thay Just listen to FIGHT IT BACK - sounds like a younger and uglier sister of SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE Generally all tracks are judaslike."Balls" would never have been recorded if records like BRITISH STEEL and SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE weren't recorded earlier. The german answer to Judas.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: September 4, 2012 at 20:50
Simply a album that finally opened the door of success for the germans..."Balls To The Wall" is actually a metal hymn for any self respected metal head and so for the genre itself...another good shots are "London Leatherboys","Head Over Hills"(great!),"Losing More Than You've Ever Had","Love Child" & "Losers And Winners"...recommended...91/100

From: hair metal again Date: January 7, 2015 at 15:43
excellent release by ACCEPT once again and probably a step forward in terms of production and sound!the basics are present and of course a big song like "balls to the wall"!the rest of the songs are remarkable too and overall this one delivers easily!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 5, 2021 at 16:20
If somebody asked me, "In one song, what does heavy metal sound like?" Not "thrash metal" or "death metal" or "hair metal" or any of these other subgenres, but just pure, undiluted "heavy metal." I think I would respond by playing the title track from Balls To The Wall by Accept. That's pretty much it right there in five minutes and forty-two seconds. That opening riff has THE nastiest, most snarling guitar tone ever; the rhythm section is absolutely pounding; the gang vocals are just massive, like an entire infantry division

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: April 5, 2021 at 16:32
And then Udo is ... well, he's Udo. Not a silky crooner by any means, or a helium-gulping power-metal yelper. In fact, when he tries to actually sing, like on "Winterdreams," it bombs. But maybe it's that super-serious German approach, but in some ways, Accept are even more "metal" than Judas Priest. Starting with songs like "Take On The World," Priest developed this light-hearted, life-affirming approach. Not to say that Accept weren't positive in their own way; they just came at it with more steely-eyed, grim determination than Priest's happier soccer-chants. So we've established the title track as an evergreen metal classic, and "London veatherboys" is great as well. The next couple are a bit less crucial, but then we hit a really strong run of songs through the middle of the album, including the rough sex of "Turn Me On" and the sneering "Losing More Than You Ever Had." In '84, just before thrash took off, this record must have sounded utterly crushing.

From: Dx7 Date: October 26, 2021 at 12:39
Thematically, Balls To The Walls takes Accept to another level: more dramatic, more streetwise, more sexual, more libertarian. Accept and Gaby Hoffman manage to produce one of the many masterpieces of 1984 metal year.

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