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``Metal Heart"
Recorded in 1985
Stommeln, Germany

Metal Heart Cover
Discography

Tracks:
01. Metal Heart
02. Midnight Mover
03. Up to the Limit
04. Wrong is Right
05. Screaming for a Love Bite
06. Too High to Get It Right
07. Dogs on Leads
08. Teach Us to Survive
09. Living for Tonight
10. Bound to Fail

Wolf Remembers: We recorded Metal Heart at Dieter Dierks' studios in Sommeln which is near Cologne. First, though, we actually wrote the songs while staying in Vermont during the summertime following the ``Balls to the Wall" tour. We found this place, a big ski lodge kind of house through Deep Purple who had also stayed there previously.  We were there for a total of about two months I think.

We set up our equipment, drums, amps, etc., in a loft area that overlooked the livingroom.  There we would come together to work on the songs. Sometimes we'd have lots of ideas and other times nothing so we'd just take a break for a little while. The house was fairly secluded in the woods so there were no neighbors to bother really.

At that time we used to use a little 4-track cassette recorder to capture our ideas. Just a simple, little thing with none of the features you'd find today. We'd get the main song ideas down playing live onto a track or two and then Udo and Stefan would usually work on the vocal ideas later. It's funny. I remember that they would work in the basement usually late at night. Since they were wearing headphones to listen to the music all you'd hear as you lay in bed was Udo's voice piercing through the night!

From there we went to Dierks' studios to do some real preproduction in 24 tracks. We always had a full-time engineer and Dieter would also come in and help with this phase of the album. After this preproduction we began to record the real album. That's when the real fun began!

Dieter is a very demanding producer. This is especially true when it comes to the phrasing of guitar riffs and timing. We would do some pieces several dozen times trying to capture what he had in his mind for a specific section. He taught us a lot about playing on the beat, behind the beat, ahead of the beat, around the beat, in the same general location of the beat and on and on… He was tough but the results were great.

As detailed as he was about playing he also was a real stickler for sound. We literally tried every guitar we had during the recordings. Each song we tried different combinations of guitars, mic'ing and even strings!

Recording was pretty straightforward. We usually played along with a click track and tried to keep as live of a flavor as possible. The drums were finished first and then we'd layer on the rest. Usually we'd do 4  total rhythm guitar tracks, doubling each left and right.  This was also the first album that we recorded digitally. Although it was not the same as digital today. The digital information was still written to the big tape reels instead of analog sounds. No hard disk recording back then!

Okay, let's talk about the songs.

Metal Heart – Stefan and Jorge came up with the majority of this song if I remember correctly. The Intro is Tchaikovsky and the solo includes the melody from Beethoven's Fur Elise.  It was the first time I put a classical piece into a song like this. I had noodled around with a few other classical melodies but this one just seemed to work best. I had no idea it would become as popular as it did.

Midnight Mover – From what Gaby recalls the lyrics are about a drug dealer. This song was one of a couple on the album that were hopefully going to find a little more commercial success. Of course the thing that many people remember about this song is the video.  The record company wanted to use this hot-shot Polish filmmaker. The video (film actually) was shot at Silver Cup Studios in NY City. The director had this idea to do a circle of cameras that would all roll simultaneously and then be edited together frame-by-frame for the spinning effect.  We were there all day and spent most of the time waiting around as they got this rig into different positions. Naturally we had to lip sync the song dozens of times. It was a long day to say the least. Back then the end result usually made people dizzy. These days it would be cutting edge. They actually use that technique correctly now when they freeze people and the camera appears to move around them. Just ahead of our time again!

Up to the Limit – This is a fun song to play. We really worked hard on getting that feeling on tape. Naturally, Dieter tortured us with the phrasing!

Wrong is Right – I like this song but for some reason I'm not crazy about the ending.

Screaming for a Love Bite – This is pretty much a pop tune. It's really a fun song to play live. Dieter loved the way the chorus lyrical phrase sounded. We didn't even consider what the words meant.

Too High to Get It Right – Kind of an AC/DC influence here I guess. I've always enjoyed their straight-ahead approach to rock.

Dogs on Leads – I think we got this song title from a sign we saw while walking in a park one day. ``Keep all dogs on leads" or something like that. Gaby kept a book of ideas and phrases that sounded cool. Many of the ideas ended up being used over time.

Teach Us to Survive – This song was actually written for a movie soundtrack. For some reason it didn't get used but we liked it.  It was written in Vermont.  I can remember specifically when the riff was written. I am usually very focused when I write. I will commit and sit down to work. At the end of the day I usually have something to show for it.

Living for Tonight – This was another one that was mainly written by Stefan and Jorge. Stefan had played guitar for several years and was always a very good guitarist. Often he would jump up from behind the kit to play a riff.

Bound to Fail – I'll tell you. Dieter and I worked on that solo until I nearly dropped dead. It's actually two different songs. Bound to Fail was one song and the ending part was another song's main melody. With the gang vocals at the end, like in the intro before Metal Heart, we would record dozens of tracks of multiple voices.  Usually we'd do most in a harmonic fashion and then do a few that were basically like druken beer hall singers to make it a little rougher around the edges. I had the lowest voice of the band so I'd usually fatten out some of these tracks like the choruses on Balls and Princess of the Dawn for example.

The album was originally supposed to be a hologram of the metal heart that we had made specifically for this album. Unfortunately it would have cost a fortune at the time and would have had to have been put together by hand by some house frau in Germany! So the idea was dropped and we used a picture of the piece instead.

Well, that's about it for Metal Heart. If you have any specific questions feel free to ask me via the Feedback Form. Thanks for listening!

Lyrics: (Words and music by Accept & Gaby)

Metal Heart

It is 1999
The human race has to face it
They are confronted with the truth
It's secret - mysterious
A surgeon said it in the news
The human race is dying
But the result is no desease
Searching for you

Metal heart - metal heart
They found it everywhere
Metal heart - metal heart

Lifeless piece of steel
The scaring fact was even told
Total confusion
They found the same nightmare

Heartbeats - timebombs
Metal heart - metal heart
Unplugged they're dying
Metal heart - metal heart
Unplugged they die
Metal heart - metal heart
They found it everywhere
Metal heart - metal heart
Lifeless piece of steel
Metal heart - metal heart - metal heart
Unplugged they're dying
Metal heart - metal heart


Midnight Mover

Hey you - come on
I show you something
There is what it takes for you
Mmh, you better follow me

Go - gonna ease your pain
Ooh, you will remember me
That's it what they used to say
Seducing everybody for the money

Slow down - back off
Tell him you don't pay the price
He is a midnight mover
Coming in the night - going with the light

He is a midnight mover
He can't go on in the sunlight

You better use your brain
Ooh, you are forever free
That's it, there's no place to stay
For someone who is losing, it's not funny

Slow down - back off
Tell him you don't pay the price

He is a midnight mover
Coming in the night - going with the light
He is a midnight mover
Midnight mover - midnight mover

He is a midnight mover
Coming in the night - going with the light
He is a midnight mover
He can't go on in the sunlight

He is a midnight mover
Coming in the night - going with the light
He is a midnight mover
He can't go on in the sunlight


Up To The Limit

Too many things happened today
Too many words I don't wanna say
I wanna be cool but the heat's coming up
I'm ready to kill 'cause enough is enough

All I can say - out of my way
Before I get to the top
All I can feel is wild running blood
Please stop - you better watch it

It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit
It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit

Do me a favour and leave me alone
The most I love you is when you're gone
Please, disappear and don't come back
I'm not the kind of guy you can check

All I can say - out of my way
Before I get to the top
All I can feel is wild running blood
Please stop - you better watch it

It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit
It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit

To the limit - up to the limit
To the limit - up to the limit

It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit
It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit

Up to the limit
It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit
It's getting up to the limit
Up to the limit

To the limit - up to the limit
To the limit - up to the limit


Wrong is Right

Do you believe, wrong is right
When you turn the world upside down
Don't pretend if you love
To be a mad-man on the run

I'm gonna suck - I'm gonna rock till I die
Why don't you join me to cut all the lines

Wrong is right - wrong is right
I'll never believe all the crap they say
Wrong is right - wrong is right
Who can tell what it's like to be insane

The power's on, we're dressed to kill
We're a gang acting wild
We don't care about the time
Monday morning we're back on earth

And I'm trying to be gorgeous again
Just my headache reminds me, what I've done

Wrong is right - wrong is right
There's time enough to regret
Wrong is right - wrong is right
Sometimes I've got to leave my usual way

Wrong is right - wrong is right
Don't give up to change your mind
Wrong is right - wrong is right
Do never do what you don't like

Wrong is - wrong is right - wrong is right
I'll never believe all the crap, all the crap they say
Wrong is right, wrong is right, wrong is - wrong is ...


Screaming Ror A Love-Bite

Screaming for a love-bite
And you hide it, that it makes you feel alright
See your secret in a mirror
It's black 'n' blue and it happened to you
In the heat of the night

It hurts just the first time
Ooh, it hurts
It hurts just the very first time

Screaming for a love-bite
For a love-bite
Hiding that it feels right
Screaming for a love-bite

Grinding makes so uptight
And you gotta face it, 'cause it decorates your neck
It's gonna stay there
Stay there for a long time
Just to remind you while you like it
When you went on and on

It hurts just the first time
Ooh, it hurts
It hurts just the very first time

Screaming for a love-bite
For a love-bite
Hiding that it feels right
Screaming for a love-bite

Screaming for a love-bite ...

 

Too High To Get It Right

Getting everything is easy for you
Fail for anything is something you can't do
If it doesn't work in the way you want it for
You start dreaming until it's right

Lie is lie - and truth is truth
You'll turn it 'round, let someone else go down
You won't remember and no one would wonder
How you change it upside down

Too high to get it right
( too high to get - too high to get )
Too high to get it right

( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - to get it right
To get it right

You can't deny it you're leaving your world
You are so restless, who's the one who's hurt
Living in your dreams and who seems to care
Cheating you is easy, 'cause you don't understand

Holding on - letting loose
Don't you feel that you are confused
Too many words - not spoken out
Too many things you've not thought about

Too high to get it right
( too high to get - too high to get )
Too high to get it right

( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - to get it right

( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - to get it right

( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - to get it right
( too high to get it right ) - too high to get it right

( too high to get it - too high to get it - too high to get it

Too high to get it - ( right )


Dogs On Leads

He stares at her, his teeth are bare
Blood gets hot, he wants it now
He wants it rare, but somethings there
That holds him back from the attack

Before the kill he feels the thrill
Something is there, that cools him off
And it seems some kind of tough
What a force on leads

They wait for you, they're getting big
But they can hide, their lust is huge
Some are nice, and some are false
And all they want is that you believe

That they are just like you and me
They're talking sweet, they're acting calm
They are so smooth, they're so nice
But if they could they would bite

Dogs on leads - dogs on leads
Dogs on leads - dogs on leads
Oh. it's so mean

No one knows that they're outrageous
As long as they are treated gracious
Once cut off they're getting wild
But someone's there, who leads the lead

And they can walk in a line
And they dance on a rein
Something's there that cools them off
But it seems some kind, some kind of tough

They're all
Dogs on leads - dogs on leads
Dogs on leads - dogs on leads
Dogs on leads

And the sweetest of the sweetest
Is a hunter held on leads
They're the nicest - they're the calmest
No one knows it - who's the beast

Don't you turn 'round, it's too dangerous
So you better catch the lead
If they're hungry, they might hurry
And you better feed the need

Dogs on leads - dogs on leads
Dogs on leads - dogs on leads

Oh Yeah !

Dogs on leads - dogs on leads
Dogs on leads

Dogs - dogs on leads


Teach Us To Survive

No one knows what we should do
No one tells what we should know
We're starving
No one cares about the law
No one tells us what we saw
We're starving ( starving )

We never know whom we're believing
We don't know the things we're doing
Looking for some real teachers

No one can explain the future
No one cares how we get nuts
We're crying
No one tells us how to love you
No one shows how we can win
We're losing

Why don't you help us growing
Why don't you teach us dying
We wanna know how you are doing

Why don't you help us growing
Why don't you teach us dying
We wanna know how you are doing
Wanna know how you survive

Survive - survive - survive - survive - survive - survive


Living For Tonight

Always on the run
Where you are going, what you are doing
Looking just for fun
Love the twilight, love the dark

Rats - are all around
And I am waiting for a head
Take what you want
And if you need it take it now
Guess it will be just alright

I'm living for tonite - tonite
Living for tonite - tonite

Working out my way
Find some ramp-rats, find some victims
Bad games all night long
We need to hide it just for fun

Games - we shouldn't play
And if you need some help - just wait
I'm going out into the dark
Guess it will be just alright

I'm living for tonite - tonite
Living for tonite - tonite

Gimme your body
Take what you want
Can't wait anymore

I'm living for tonite - living for tonite
Tonite - living for tonite
Tonite - living for tonite
Tonite - I'm living, -living for tonite


Bound to Fail

Drifting down what we passed
It's done over and over again
We've just been losing a part
To be in another winning team

We turned the tables and times
Reject the failures for the pride
It's a replay or a change
Who knows when the new game starts

What have we done
What a deal

We're bound to fail
'cause you failed before
We're bound to fail
'cause you failed before

While you have been so wrong
We have to live by self defence
We are mistaken by you
There is no way we can win

We wanna change it
Is it true

We're bound to fail
'cause you failed before
We're bound to fail
'cause you failed before

We wanna change it
What have we done