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Fast as a shark he'll cut out of the dark'cause the killer's on the attack!
He's a killer - he'll rip out your heart
On a one way track and you're not coming back
—Fast as a Shark
They were successful in the mid '80s until the creative differences and failed attempt at mainstream with their album Eat the Heat broke the band in the late '80s. They reformed in the early '90s with a Darker and Edgier sound but after a couple of years broke up again. Proper reformation didn't happen until 2009.
- Accept (1979)
- I'm a Rebel (1980)
- Breaker (1981)
- Restless and Wild (1982)
- Balls to the Wall (1983)
- Metal Heart (1985)
- Russian Roulette (1986)
- Eat the Heat (1989)
- Objection Overruled (1993)
- Death Row (1994)
- Predator (1996)
- Blood of the Nations (2010)
- Stalingrad: Brothers in Death (2012)
Band provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: In the chorus of "That's Rock 'n Roll", for the self-titled album:
Hey little woman, Accept tonight
Come rock and roll and feel allright
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: Both Accept and Predator have songs sung by the bassist Peter Baltes instead of Udo.
- Careful with That Axe: "Heidi heido heida, heidi heido heida, heidi heido heida a a a a a a a a, hei-- *scratch* AAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!"
- Chainsaw Good: On the cover of debut album.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Son of a Bitch" from Breaker. Just look at the chorus:
Son of a bitch - kiss my ass!
Son of a bitch!
Son of a bitch - you asshole!
Son of a bitch!
- Darker and Edgier: Their first reformation in the early '90s took this direction.
- Drugs Are Bad:
- Epic Rocking: "Heaven Is Hell"
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Whoever directed the music video for "Midinight Mover", he definetely believed so. The result is somewhat nauseating.
- Failure Is the Only Option: "Bound to Fail", from Metal Heart.
- Heavy Meta: "That's Rock 'n' Roll", "Burning", "Shake Your Heads", "Slaves to Metal".
- I Am the Band: Wolf Hoffman currently.
- Instrumentals: "Pomp and Circumstance", "Drifting Away" and "Just by My Own".
- Intercourse with You: "Donation" from Objection Overruled.
- Last-Note Nightmare: "Take Him in to My Heart", from the self-titled album.
- Letters 2 Numbers: "Stand 4 What U R" from, you guessed it, Eat the Heat.
- Lighter and Softer: Though Eat the Heat gets bad flak for being commercial, the few people tend to forget that band's second album was also very commercial, it even featured a disco track.
- Manly Tears: "Man Enough to Cry", from Russian Roulette.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Russian Roulette" (the title song). According to here, it was originally supposed to be titled "War Games" (a phrase which is in the chorus), but was changed because of legal threats from, well, guess who...
- Numbered Sequels: "Generation Clash" from Eat the Heat got numbered continuation on Death Row.
- Power Ballad: Prominent in the earlier albums.
- Professional Killer: "Sick, Dirty and Mean" from Objection Overruled is about hitmen and The Mafia in general.
- Rhymes on a Dime: So, how do you actually eat the heat?
- Rock Me, Amadeus: Rendition of "Sabre Dance" appears in the middle of "Sodom and Gomorrah" from Death Row.
- Rockstar Song: "Rich & Famous" from the limited edition of Objection Overruled.
- Self-Titled Album
- Subdued Section: "Russian Roulette"
- Start My Own: Original singer Udo Dirkschneider has his own solo career on U.D.O. Guitarists Wolf Hoffman and Herman Frank also have released solo albums.
- Textless Album Cover: Balls to the Wall
- Twenty Minutes Into the Future: The lyrics of "Metal Heart" (written in 1985) begin with "It is 1999 [...]"
- Why Am I Ticking?: "Metal Heart" is about a disease in 1999 which turns human hearts into timebombs.