11 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the departure of signature vocalist Udo Dirkschneider—who said he left because he was the only band member who refused to go commercial—Accept hired native Oklahoman David Reece from the L.A. metal scene. Without Dirkschneider's savage squeals, it was harder to distinguish Accept from hundreds of likeminded metal bands. Yet Reece did an admirable job, and Wolf Hoffman’s methodically pulverizing riffs kept Accept’s legacy alive on Eat the Heat. While the band lost some of its untamed edge, Accept became a sexier, more Americanized group with “Prisoner,” “Love Sensation," and “Chain Reaction.” Certainly power pop tunes like “Break the Ice” and tender ballads like “Mistreated” would've been impossible in the band’s earlier incarnation. While it might have been easy to write off Reece as a handsome interloper, diehard fans accepted him on the basis of “Hellhammer,” “Turn the Wheel," and “D-Train,” which are as thunderous as anything from the band’s early years and are made even more deafening by Dieter Dierks' brawny production.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the departure of signature vocalist Udo Dirkschneider—who said he left because he was the only band member who refused to go commercial—Accept hired native Oklahoman David Reece from the L.A. metal scene. Without Dirkschneider's savage squeals, it was harder to distinguish Accept from hundreds of likeminded metal bands. Yet Reece did an admirable job, and Wolf Hoffman’s methodically pulverizing riffs kept Accept’s legacy alive on Eat the Heat. While the band lost some of its untamed edge, Accept became a sexier, more Americanized group with “Prisoner,” “Love Sensation," and “Chain Reaction.” Certainly power pop tunes like “Break the Ice” and tender ballads like “Mistreated” would've been impossible in the band’s earlier incarnation. While it might have been easy to write off Reece as a handsome interloper, diehard fans accepted him on the basis of “Hellhammer,” “Turn the Wheel," and “D-Train,” which are as thunderous as anything from the band’s early years and are made even more deafening by Dieter Dierks' brawny production.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

BillE85308 ,

Generation Clash

The track Generation Clash says a lot about this album and the bands current style. Eat the Heat is an underrated album for the time period. Had the band survived fisticuffs backstage after a gig in Chicago on tour to support the album, who knows, but they have made another album.

Song for song, this album holds up. And while it might not be a typical ACCEPT album, it's worth a listen. I'm still playing it this many years later.

Mikeirmo ,

Best Accept Album ever!

This was the first Accept album with a new singer. It has power, hooks, and quality! A gem, and no one really knows this one. A shame.

AddictedToChaos97 ,

Great Accept Album

Great songs and great guitar riffs and vocals. The best accept lineup followed by today's accept lineup. Some of the great songs are turn the Wheel Around, Generation Clash, X.T.C, and Hellhammer

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