Just a quick note to point out that crazy Accept archive Schlared.com has posted the German juggernaut’s 1982 production demos for Restless & Wild. What a great find! These are high-quality recordings, but even rawer than the album — along with Anvil and Mercyful Fate, this was as heavy as metal got in ’82. I know Charlie Benante didn’t even have to audition for Anthrax, because Dan Lilker and Scott Ian were so blown away that he could play the double-bass parts of Accept’s “Fast as a Shark.”
And to think I was down on Udo Dirkschneider earlier this week after hearing his ridiculous claim taking credit for the widespread popularity of camo fatigues! All is forgiven!
ACCEPT * Restless & Wild 1982 production demo [10 songs, LINK]
UPDATE 07/07: The webmaster of Schlared.com, after several years hosting rare and beautiful Accept gems, has lost interest in the band and ceased operation. Our loss, for sure — his was a pure-hearted fan site. I guess the downside of that is when the inspiration dries up, it’s gone for good.