Juke Box – BUCHAREST, RO 10/21/2012 (Review by Ana-Maria Gavrila)

Juke Box – BUCHAREST, RO 10/21/2012 (Review by Ana-Maria Gavrila)

Review of ACCEPT concert from Bucharest by Ana-Maria Gavrila (metalhead.ro) – ACCEPT hit the stage for a royal Teutonic Metal oriented somewhat around “Stalingrad”. True, new songs can be as well received as those well known – are still in a promotional tour. Influenced by events in the history of the Soviet Union, war, hell social realities and rebel attitude that time, the concept is not necessarily one unusual (although I do not remember any other band so explicitly addressing this topic) and accept managed to create an album whose compositions are fantastic consistency – nothing seems exaggerated, resulted in extremely lyrics are inspired interpretation of Mark Tornillo – exemplary.
That happened on stage: Germans have maintained an atmosphere full of energy throughout the concert, since chaotic with two new songs “Hung, Drawn and quartered” and “Hellfire” guitarist Wolf Hoffmann while and has demonstrated skill, making all sorts of theatrical motion without even a moment to look at the neck, and Mark Tornillo interpret old songs with confidence in his own talent. I do not think I felt any moment need to make comparison between his style and that of vocalic Udo Dirkschneider – If “Losers and Winners” simply electrified the audience, “Princess of the Dawn” sounded undeniably brilliant.
And if I said above that they maintained a crazy atmosphere is because, during the concert, I had the feeling that most of the fun takes place – well – on stage, as the Germans would have been delighted to was on stage in Bucharest, playing in front of several hundred people. Few bands so easily transmit this feeling and this is felt in the reaction of those gathered in front of the stage.

When energy spreads in both directions have resulted in a successful evening: a game between the old and new of the Teutonic Metal from ACCEPT audience attitudes he left out “tough” by metalheads upset, even if you may need a circle pit . I’m glad the second night of Chaos Venue, a metal weekend proved to be one awesome: I accept put their heart and soul into the show and it was felt the most.


Principal Club – THESSALONIKI, GR 10/19/2012 (Review by E. Angel)

Principal Club – THESSALONIKI, GR 10/19/2012 (Review by E. Angel)

hmmmm… For me, just 7 single letters: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!
ACCEPT is still the BEST Metal band in the WHOLE Universe! New, fresh, happy, enthusiastic, crazy and most of all, extremely professional band! You gave the BEST and you know how to ROCK the audience!! \m/
Wolf was like a little crazy boy, crazy with his guitar trying to organize the crowd like a bleacher’s leader in a football (soccer) game/arena! ;)
I remember him back in 1994 in “Death Row” Tour, OK, Greeks were more “hooligans” those years and he was surprised from the fans, i was in front of him at the age of 20 in a short stage without security holding his left army-boot and in the beginning he was a little bit “inhibited” but after a few seconds he got so excited from the vibration of the metal atmosphere and was laughing all the time! :)
On Friday it was the opposite:
He was the “20 years old” Leader of the “Pack”, together with Peter they spread ACCEPT’s Metalheart pulse/vibration to the audience!!  Peter was tremendous too.. Mark Tornillo:I always was a hardcore fan of Udo. Last time i’ve seen ACCEPT it was with Udo in 2005 in RockWave Festival. Udo was my God and ACCEPT my religion since 13 years old.
I think the same feeling was for the most old Greek fans of the band.
After “Blood of the Nations” and the sensational sold-out show of Athens on February 2011, reading opinions (i wasn’t there) from younger fans in the internet, everybody was telling that Mark is his own man with a very big voice. He’s a really GREAT vocalist and frontman too, he fits so much to the band that makes you forget there was a time where HE was not there.
Herman and Stefan are GREAT musicians too, very famous and familiar to the fans and to all metalheads of the world, they’re doing great job! Overall, ACCEPT remains the BEST Metal band in the World. Teutonic Terrorists invaded Greece and took our brains and hearts as we say here in Greece.
6 out of 5 STARS for ACCEPT!!
As for the fans in Thessaloniki:
I’m always stringent/strict in matters with Metal shows and i was expecting more from my homemates, i’d like to be more Restless and Wild like old days but it’s OK, it is 2012, not ’90s or ’80s, people changed a lot, music changed, Greece is a bankrupt country, unemployment is more than 30%, national psychology and mood is down.., although under these situations, Northern Greek fans honoured ACCEPT with their presence and they were quite good!
I give’em 4 out of 5 stars.
This is all i had to say about the show and for me it was a MAGIC night, best moment of my life since 2005, you’re still AWESOME and i’m still in love with you guys! :)
I wanna thank ACCEPT again for everything and wish them all the best for the rest of European Tour!! :)

ACCEPT 4EVER and EVER!!! \m/


Fuzz Club – ATHEN, GR 10/18/2012 (Review by Sakis Nikas, Rockpages.gr)

Fuzz Club – ATHEN, GR 10/18/2012 (Review by Sakis Nikas, Rockpages.gr)

There are certain things in life that cannot be changed. Call it fate, call it destiny, call it karma…you can call it whatever you want. Here in Greece, we call it ACCEPT! You see, one has to live in Greece to understand the difficult times that this proud nation is having and how painful it is for the vast majority of the population that is trying to make ends meet. So, when ACCEPT announced the two shows in Athens and Thessaloniki, I had absolutely no doubt that the Greek fans would found a way to purchase a ticket and get lost in the magical world of ACCEPT and quite possibly forget their worries and troubles just for a while. When I arrived at the club, I knew that my initial gut feeling was right. Hundreds of people were waiting impatiently outside the venue in order to find their way onto the club. More than 1000 people packed the venue and the vibe was similar to the monumental 2010 show that the band had put on for us.
At exactly 10:00 the lights went out and the first notes of “Hang Drawn and Quartered” rushed from the speakers upon a frenzied crowd who welcomed ACCEPT like some short of a rock n’ roll saviors! Without any delay, the band continued with “Hellfire” and the crowd was singing along to the new songs from the excellent “Stalingrad” record like there were released decades ago. It was plain clear that at least 4-5 songs from the last couple of records can be easily considered classics!
Wolf Hoffmann was the undeniable key figure; the leader, the mastermind behind the sonic attack! As I told him before the show, I am amazed at how he remains so fit during those tiring road tours. Right next to him, Peter Baltes was giving his own show making all those orchestrated stage moves together with Wolf and Herman who was steadily accurate as the rhythm guitarist. Stefan Schwarzmann was as thunderous as ever behind his gigantic white drum set while the band’s frontman Mark Tornillo -now on his second world tour with the band- proved once again why he is a catalytic element to ACCEPT’s resurrection (both for his voice and his stage presence).
Apart for the aforementioned two new songs from “Stalingrad”, the band chose to perform the title track and “Shadow Soldiers” from the latest record while they pull out 4 songs from the superb “Blood of the Nations” (Teutonic Terror”, “Pandemic”, “No Shelter”, “Bucket Full of Hate”). As for the rest of the gems from the vbacka catalogue, well how can anyone complain when he is treated with such timeless hits as “Restless and Wild”, “Neon Nights”, “Fast As A Shark”, “Breaker”, “Balls To The Wall”, “Up To The Limit”, “Metal Heart”, “Monsterman”, “Losers and Winners”, “Aiming High”, “Bulletproof”?

All in all, it was a night to remember and…don’t forget! Remember that ACCEPT will always be a much beloved band in Greece and definitely the ultimate heavy metal ambassadors from Germany. Remember that this is a band that will never fail to deliver a great show for us all. As for what we forgot that night…we forgot all our problems for a couple of hours and took home some of the most precious memories that will forever follow us! This is the power of heavy metal; this is the power of ACCEPT! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, guys!


Blondies – DETROIT, MI 10/08/2012 (Review by Let it Roar)

Blondies – DETROIT, MI 10/08/2012 (Review by Let it Roar)

German metal veterans Accept just blew threw the Windy City and as expected, they left a serious wreckage in their wake.
Accept are a band that were sorely missed on the metal scene and as the saying goes “don’t know what you’ve got, ’til it’s gone”. But thankfully Wolf Hoffmann and his cohorts decided to pick things up again  in 2010 and released undoubtedly the comeback album of the year, if not the decade, “Blood Of The Nations”. This year, they’re back with the equally powerful “Stalingrad”. To see Accept in action, is to see what the definition of true metal is. The band poured through a set that included such classics as “Losers and Winners”, “Restless and Wild”, “Fast as a SharK” and of course arguably their trademark track “Balls to the Wall” but their newer tracks stood out just as much. Songs like “Hellfire” and “The Galley” from “Stalingrad” as well as “Pandemic” and “Teutonic Terror” from “Blood of the Nations”, indeed show that the band have not lost one step through their brief hiatus, much less over the last thirty plus years. It’s amazing that a band can still write, perform and maintain the same level of quality and consistency as they did decades ago.
One perfect example of Accept’s professionalism came when, about an hour into their set during “Up to the Limit”, the stage lights lost power and went completely black. Mind you, most bands would have stopped the show until it was figured out what had happened. Accept did not miss one note, did not stop the show for one second. Guitarist Hoffmann and vocalist Mark Tornillo did indeed look at each other with puzzled faces but still remained in stride continuing on with the title track from 1985′s “Metal Heart”. Stage lighting was finally restored for the encores of “Fast as a Shark” and “Balls to the Wall” but honestly, band and fans alike hardly even noticed the distraction of the lights coming back on. It was indeed full metal onward!
The only bad part of seeing Accept live, is the long wait seeing them return!

Accept are currently on the road in North America through mid October with fellow German veterans Kreator, in a skull crushing coheadlining package that also includes Finnish doom metallers Swallow The Sun.


Starland Ballroom – SAYREVLLE, NJ 10/06/2012 (Review by Eric Fliegelman)

Starland Ballroom – SAYREVLLE, NJ 10/06/2012 (Review by Eric Fliegelman)

Having been a HUGE metal fan, and Accept fan for many years, this being my first time seeing the German Metal legends LIVE filled me with a lot of anticipation and excitement. I arrived at the venue early enough to meet up with the Accept Fans Worldwide group outside of Rolling Thunder, an RV owned by Stephan Soto, the group founder. Peter, Wolf, Stefan, Wolf and Herman all stopped by to visit the fans, and say hi. This pleased all of the members who were there!
We headed inside prior to Accept taking the stage, and host of That Metal Show, Eddie Trunk warmed up the crowd! Accept hit the stage right at 10:30pm and from the beginning notes of Hung Drawn and Quartered from their latest release, Stalingrad…through their closing encore song…Balls to the Wall from their fifth studio album of the same name…Accept had this large New Jersey crowd in the palm of their hands. This was a headlining show where the band had the opportunity to perform a full TWO HOUR set packed with 20 songs from their lengthy career!
This was a high energy show with these rockers who have been together fo decades, performing as if they were still in their teens…full of energy, excitement, and happiness! They followed up Hung Drawn and Quartered with Hellfire, my personal favorite from Stalingrad…and went into Restless and Wild from the album of the same title, the 4th in their recording career. This 20 song concert with songs spanning their lengthy career disappointed no one. This was a crowd filled with fans old and new, and many of whom were there to see the return of Mark Tornillo, former T.T. Quick vocalist.
You could not escape the infectious jubilation that the band had with each other performing on stage, and looking around the crowd, you saw the same. Accept has a way of engaging with their fans in the crowd, that makes you feel like they are performing those songs for YOU, as an individual.
Around 1230am, the band finished their performance with an awesome version of Balls to the Wall, the lights came up, and all in attendance were in agreement that this was one amazing night.

Having been my first Accept concert, I certainly was blown away by their energy, diversity in their set list that spanned their career, the amazing light show and sound, and engagement with the crowd. I have Accepted the fact, that this will not be my last Accept show.