Teutonic metal pioneers Accept are enjoying their most fertile creative period since their late ‘80s heyday with original vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, and they’re reaping the rewards with corresponding popularity amongst the heavy rock and metal community.
Much of this is down to the shot in the arm relatively new vocalist Mark Tornillo has given the band – as he howls and yelps like the bastard son of Bon Scott and a pack of wild dogs, the rest of the band sound rejuvenated, excited to be having another shot at the prize with him centre stage.
As well they should do – tales of a second chance are few and far between, and usually trade heavily on past glories, whereas Accept have now released three new original albums since 2009, all of which are the equal of almost any in their history.
Blind Rage melds Wolf Hoffman’s classical-influenced lead guitar playing with the band’s highly influential heavy metal approach, not fixing anything that’s not broken, and consequently it’s a balltearer from start to finish.
Opener Stampede shows why they were considered one of the integral bands to influence the development of speed and thrash metal, while never letting go of the key melodic structures that keep them so popular. Fall Of The Empire is an icy tale of war that recalls their Russian Roulette period, 200 Years is a foreboding tale of apocalyptic doom and From The Ashes We Rise is a slower, almost bluesey number that starts with a definite AC/DC bent before becoming another archetypal Accept chantathon.
Accept no doubt realise their good fortunes, for without good fortunes I doubt they’d be having such a creative time now, heading towards the 40th anniversary of the band. Blind Rage closes with perhaps the most old school Accept number on show: Final Journey. Close your eyes tightly and you can almost hear echoes of Dirkschneider in Tornillo’s delivery, but even the most die hard fan of the former singer’s tenure in the band must realise that Tornillo is the best man for the job nowadays. Let’s hope this rude form continues – Accept are far too vital again to be on anything near their own Final Journey.
The third chapter on the new age of Accept will be released on August 19th (USA) August 15th (Europe) under the name of Blind Rage. After their return in 2010 with Blood Of The Nations, and the following up release Stalingrad (2012), the band releases this year and album that could be considered as ‘One of their most resounding and definitive records to date’.
There is not need of preamble, introductions, or presentations about this band, as everyone in the metal community knows who they are, and what they have done for heavy metal during their 33 years of musical career. Accept‘s Blind Rage, presents a variety of tracks that encompass what Accept had done in the last 4 years. Their sound on this album is emotive, epic, and pretty fucking metal, I must say. Without forgetting their roots, they have been able to revamp their trademark sound, and raise the flags of metal to the highest possible. Some of the songs on the album, like; Stampede, Dying Breed, and Final Journey have that classic Accept sound that we all love.
There is also a lot of room for change and experimentation as well, songs like Fall Of The Empire, Trail Of Tears, and 200 Years are more catchy, and epic. The melodies on this songs have their own personality, that still carrying the trademark sound of Accept, but they are somehow different from their classic sound. For some reason, I see Blind Rage adding a balance to what the band did on Teutonic Terrorand Stalingrad. Not only the album has more swing and emotion, but it also opens a window to the return of the ’80′s Power Ballad’ concept, and in this album we can find several of those.
Songs like The Dark Side Of My Heart, Wanna Be Free or The Curse, we can find a lot of 80′s reminiscence, as these songs are not only catchy, but they have soul and an attitude on their own. With that being said, this album is not only heavy and a bit regressive, but it also shows the soft side of Accept, and the capability of the band to transform and assimilate this kind of ballads to a modern audience without make it sounds like a recycled cliché.
Blind Rage, is an open book to what Accept is today, their sound, their legacy, and the way to create original heavy metal music in a market saturated with technical, scene or progressive labels. Accept, succeeds on creating a heavy metal record that sounds pure, and honest. Without a doubt a candidate for many top albums’s list this year, and of course a must have if you are die-hard fan of heavy metal on its pure essence.
“The late-career resurgence of Accept has been hard-won…fist-raising anthems…a bevvy of cocksure riffs balanced by a strong melody” – NPR
Heavy Metal legends ACCEPT will release their new album Blind Rage on August 19 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. Today,NPR premieres the new ACCEPT song “Final Journey” from Blind Rage, saying, “it is surprising to hear Edvard Grieg’s “Morning Mood” in the last minutes of “Final Journey,” especially pitting Grieg’s theme that conjures spring and new-ness to a song about death.”Check out the NPR premiere of ACCEPT’s “Final Journey” now at THIS location.
ACCEPT 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) where the band 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 / tickets HERE) September 12 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre (w/ Metal Church, Raven, tickets HERE) September 13 Las Vegas, NV Count’s Vamp’d (ACCEPT only / tickets HERE) September 14 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre (w/ Raven / tickets HERE)