Exclusive U.S. Tour Dates in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City Announced
Heavy Metal legends ACCEPT will release their new album Blind Rage on August 15 via Nuclear Blast Records. The influential group’s 14th studio album was produced by renowned audio engineer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Napalm Death, Opeth) and is the follow-up to 2012′s Stalingrad, which debuted at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was hailed as “brilliant” and a record that “the traditional metalhead will really cherish” by Goldmine.
The first single from Blind Rage, “Stampede“, will precede the full-length album on July 11, available digitally and as a limited vinyl edition. The band recently filmed a video for “Stampede“, which will make its online premiere this summer.
“Whatever we do on record, it’s there for eternity,” says ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. “If you do something great it’s not something people throw away tomorrow. Songs we wrote 30 years ago are still loved by fans today. That teaches you to be careful with what you release and make sure you like it yourself. With Blind Rage, we have a collection of songs with the classic ACCEPT feel, and — as always — there’s an overriding theme of aggression and rage in our music.” “Otherwise, it wouldn’t be metal,” he concludes.
Built around the songwriting nucleus of Hoffmann (guitars) and bassist Peter Baltes, ACCEPT‘s beginnings can be traced back to the late 1970′s. The German band played a pivotal role in the development of speed and thrash metal, which emerged in the early to mid-1980′s and along with Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, ACCEPT has delivered an undeniable impact on the global metal scene. The group has penned an innovative and pioneering body of work and some of the most influential metal albums of all time, including Restless and Wild (1982; which included ”Fast as a Shark”, the first speed metal song ever put to tape), Balls to the Wall (1984; the iconic title track is still the group’s most well known song to date and has become a worldwide metal anthem) and Metal Heart (1985). ACCEPT‘s premier status as ambassadors of the genre has led to pop culture crossover into film (The Wrestler), television (Justified, Beavis and Butthead) and video games (Grand Theft Auto, Guitar Hero) and its popularity and status as one of the world’s exemplary heavy metal bands has allowed the band to flourish for decades with no sign of slowing down. The band’s two previous albums – Blood of the Nations (2010) and Stalingrad (2012) have charted internationally, topping both critic and fan polls in the process.
2.) Dying Breed
3.) Dark Side of My Heart
4.) Fall of the Empire
5.) Trail of Tears
6.) Wanna Be Free
7.) 200 Years
8.) Bloodbath Mastermind
9.) From the Ashes We Rise
10.) The Curse
11.) Final Journey
ACCEPT will promote Blind Rage with a European headlining tour which will kick off on September 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Just prior to the Euro tour launch, the band will perform a series of exclusive U.S. live performances including shows in Las Vegas (Sept. 13) and NYC (Sept. 14) as well as a show at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA (Sept. 12) whereACCEPT will be joined by special guests Metal Church and Raven, for what promises to be the most metal of evenings. The just-announced Blind Rage celebratory gigs are as follows:
ACCEPT U.S. tour dates:
September 11 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern (w/ Metal Church)
September 12 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre (w/ Metal Church, Raven, tickets HERE)
September 13 Las Vegas, NV Count’s Vamp’d (ACCEPT only)
September 14 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre (w/ Raven)
In addition to Hoffman and Baltes, ACCEPT features Hermann Frank (guitars), Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) and vocalist Mark Tornillo.