Accept releases Russian Roulette
Russian Roulette is a 1986 release by German heavy metal band Accept.
It was again recorded at Dierks-Studios, but the band chose to self-produce rather than bring back Dieter Dierks as producer. It would be the last Accept album to feature Udo Dirkschneider as lead vocalist until the 1993 reunion album Objection Overruled.
The album returns Accept to the darker, heavier sound of releases prior to the more commercial-sounding predecessor Metal Heart. Wolf Hoffmann explained the band's decision: "Maybe we were trying sort of go back to our natural and not polished Accept sound with that record. We weren't really all that happy with the polished and clean-sounding Metal Heart. I was sort of very happy with my guitar playing on that record and very happy with my parts, but I remember the whole vibe of the band was at the time that we don't want to go through this again with Dieter Dierks who had produced Metal Heart." (metallian.com/accept.htm)
Peter Baltes explained the album's title and front cover as an expression of the strong anti-war themes throughout the record, showing war as a game of russian roulette: "It means - go and play the game y’know, what a silly game it is. One will die definitely."
The digitally remastered CD edition includes live versions of "Metal Heart" and "Screaming For A Love-Bite" as bonus tracks, taken from the Kaizoku-Ban album.