Man did I need an Accept fix! Bravewords Reviews the Bang Your Head Festival

Man did I need an Accept fix! Bravewords Reviews the Bang Your Head Festival

Original post by Bravewords.

Man did I need an Accept fix! After seeing the band nearly a dozen times, for the first two reunion albums, I’d only seen them twice for Blind Rage: Wacken, a year ago and their return to Gramercy, in NYC at the start of the current world tour (which has yet to set down in North America, apart from scattered handful of dates). There have been some changes in the line-up since, but the principles remain intact, although there’s a dichotomy between the mainstays. There’s Peter Baltes, the smiling, perpetually headbanging bassist, with curly hair flopping in time to the music. If the late Jim Henson ever designed a can’t sit still, ADHD Muppet (had he started a few decades later, surely he would have), it probably would look like the ageless Baltes. To his side, the bald, face-pulling guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. Like a guitar wielding cobra, Hoffman coils himself, striking with steel string fangs. Zap! Don’t worry, the bite is infectious and without antidote. Succumb to the inevitable.

24 amp stacks, a dozen to each side are illuminated before showtime, the Accept, crossed guitar logo in place of any company name. Drummer Christopher Williams comes on and smashed an introduction on the circular (70s) gong behind his massive kit, as the boys kicked into ‘Stampede’. The 17 song was almost exactly split between new and old, with ‘London Leatherboys’ cropping up third, Mark Tornillo, more confident than ever, now that the first round of cuts are over, working the crowd, out on the gangplank, yet returning to the stage and nailing the final lyric, just as he turns to face the audience. It was a noisy, fast guitar set, containing ‘Restless & Wild’ (a surprise coming so early, in the fourth slot), the welcome return of ‘No Shelter’, ‘Pandemic’ (where Hoffmann drops to his knees) and Tyrolean ditty introduced ‘Fast As A Shark’. If ever there were a call for strobes (in spades), it’s this, heads down, balls out, piece of metal! That final pair actual close out the proper set.

‘Dying Breed’ was under blue lights, while ‘Final Journey’ saw jets of compressed “steam” shot skyward, with just the drummer, Wolf and Peter (or is that Peter & the Wolf, Prokofiev?) onstage. ‘Shadow Soldier’ is one dear to Tornillo’s heart, always onstage in a military cap. Purple lights for ‘Losers & Winners’, Wolf and Peter sharing the same mic, on the bassist’s side of the stage. ‘Midnight Mover’, another welcome returnee, would see the two of them alone on the catwalk, trading licks, as Tornillo waits onstage, keeping time. Baltes began ‘Princess Of The Dawn’ atop the variegated riser, while the guitarist made a rare solo appearance on the opposite side of the stage. The first chorus see Wolf with arms outstretched, cuing the crowd to sing along. Deep blues and fog onstage, without prodding, they continue to sing, even though Hoffmann never plays a note. As Peter towels off, they go directly into unusual green lit ‘Dark Side Of My Heart’, where the roles are reversed” Mark on the catwalk and the venerable duo onstage, headbanging. The aforementioned ‘Shark’ ends with the two guitarists center stage, to a huge ovation, as the stage goes black. Almost everyone knows it’s not over and what remains, as illuminated amps, pink lights and plenty of smoke hasten their return, implored by Hoffman (arm in the air) for the opening strains of ‘Metal Heart’. ‘Teutonic Terror’ and the ubiquitous ‘Balls To The Wall’ follow, capping not only another victory, but unofficial end of the festival.

ACCEPT’s ‘Blind Rage’ Takes Top Honors in ‘Metal On Metal’ Listener Poll

ACCEPT’s ‘Blind Rage’ Takes Top Honors in ‘Metal On Metal’ Listener Poll


ACCEPT’s “Blind Rage” took the number one spot in WJCU’s “Metal On Metal” Top 25 year-end album countdown show, which aired on January 2.  GRAND MAGUS’ “Triumph And Power”, THE DAGGER’s “The Dagger”, MIDNIGHT’s “No Mercy For Mayhem”, OVERKILL’s “White Devil Armory”, RIOT V’s “Unleash The Fire” and JUDAS PRIEST’s “Redeemer Of Souls” were close runner-ups.

Cleveland metal fans have had a longtime love affair with the legendary German/American band.  This is the second time ACCEPT won top honors in the past four years.  Their “Blood Of The Nations” album, the band’s first with Mark Tornillo on vocals, finished first in 2010.  The follow-up “Stalingrad” finished second in 2012.

“Dear listeners of the fabulous Bill Peters radio show ‘Metal On Metal’, says ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann.  “Cleveland has been special to us since the 80’s and that would not have happened without Bill! We feel very honored you voted ‘Blind Rage’ the #1 album of the year.  In fact, we are floored!  We miss you and we hope to see you in autumn.  Thank you and let’s rock 2015 together!”

Hoffmann will be calling in to WJCU from his home in Nashville, Tennessee next Friday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST to personally thank the fans of Cleveland for their support.

“My listeners have done it again!”, says “Metal On Metal” host Bill Peters. “They have assembled yet another amazing year-end chart.  It was a banner year for heavy metal releases.  We had 77 albums nominated.  That’s a lot of titles!  All six of my favorites placed in the Top 25, including five in the Top 10.  I personally owned 19 out of the 25 albums on the chart.  My listeners obviously have good taste (laughs).  I can’t remember a time when I had so many #1 favorites.  It would be impossible for me to pick just one.  2014 was a great year to be a heavy metal fan!”

“Another cool thing about this year’s chart was to see MIDNIGHT and SUNLESS SKY finish in our Top 10”, adds Peters.  “This was the first time in the 31-year history of our listener poll we had two Cleveland bands rank so high.  MIDNIGHT received the most votes for a Cleveland band ever!  They have a huge following in the underground.  We always keep our doors open for local bands to stop by the station to premiere new music and promote their shows.  They do not have this kind of opportunity on the commercial radio stations.  We are very proud of our Cleveland metal scene.   We have a lot of diverse talent here and our bands are highly respected around the world.  This is a great place to live if you love heavy metal!”

Peters’ radio show has garnished the attention of not only fans but musicians as well.  Wolf Hoffmann (ACCEPT), Bobby Blitz (OVERKILL), Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST), Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL), Steve “Lips” Kudow (ANVIL) and Robb Reiner (ANVIL) have all have acknowledged past album victories by publicly thanking their fans from Cleveland.

Now entering its 33rd year, WJCU’s “Metal On Metal” can be heard every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST on 88.7 FM in the Cleveland, Ohio area or streamed worldwide at

“Metal On Metal”‘s top albums of 2014:

01. ACCEPT – “Blind Rage” (Nuclear Blast)

02. GRAND MAGUS – “Triumph And Power” (Nuclear Blast)

03. THE DAGGER – “The Dagger” (Century Media)

04. MIDNIGHT – “No Mercy For Mayhem” (Hells Headbangers)

05. OVERKILL – “White Devil Armory” (Nuclear Blast)

06. RIOT V – “Unleash The Fire” (Steamhammer/SPV)

07. JUDAS PRIEST – “Redeemer Of Souls” (Columbia)

08. SUNLESS SKY – “Firebreather” (Pure Steel)

09. BEHEMOTH – “The Satanist” (Metal Blade)

10. THE SKULL – “For Those Which Are Asleep” (Tee Pee)

11. SANCTUARY – “The Year The Sun Died” (Century Media)

12. EXODUS – “Blood In, Blood Out” (Nuclear Blast)

13. ARCH ENEMY – “War Eternal” (Century Media)

14. BULLET – “Storm Of Blades” (Nuclear Blast)

15. ASTRAL DOORS – “Notes From The Shadows” (Metalville)

16. PRIMAL FEAR – “Delivering The Black” (Frontiers)

17. OBITUARY – “Inked In Blood” (Relapse)

18. JOHN GARCIA – “John Garcia” (Napalm)

19. GAMMA RAY – “Empire Of The Undead” (earMUSIC)

20. SABATON – “Heroes” (Nuclear Blast)

21. AXEL RUDI PELL – “Into The Storm” (Steamhammer/SPV)

22. ICED EARTH – “Plagues Of Babylon” (Century Media)

23. UNISONIC – “Light Of Dawn” (earMUSIC)

24. BODY COUNT – “Manslaughter” (Sumerian)

25. URIAH HEEP – “Outsider” (Frontiers)

Accept Blind Rage BEST ALBUM 2014 on The Metal Voice –Top 10 albums of 2014

Accept Blind Rage BEST ALBUM 2014 on The Metal Voice –Top 10 albums of 2014

Accept Blind Rage BEST ALBUM 2014 on The Metal Voice –Top 10 albums of 2014



Famous, genius writer MALCOLM DOME, who has followed ACCEPT for 30 years was at ACCEPT’s LONDON SHOW!

Despite the fact, that the band had the most SOLD OUT SHOWS in their touring history with the BLIND RAGE 2014 World Tour, they just missed the SOLD OUT mark at the beautiful FORUM!!! Wolf Hoffmann states: The audience has been fantastic and PETER & I said after a few minutes into is HOLY SHIT .. we better come back to the UK!

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Thank you Classic Rock.

As the veteran Germans play The Forum, the band’s Wolf Hoffmann talks to Classic Rock

Accept are not content to be a nostalgia band. In fact, current album Blind Rage did something they’ve never experienced before.

“For the first time ever we had a number one album in Germany.  It took us by surprise.  We didn’t know this would be a successful period. Three albums and five years with Mark Tornillo (vocals) and we are strong.”

So, it’s no surprise that the band’s contemporary vigour is reflected in their live setlist.  Unlike  many of their peers they feel confident enough to pepper their performance with material from Blind Rage, and it’s immediate predecessors Blood Of The Nations (2010) and Stalingrad (2012).

“There are very few bands who are trying really hard to make relevant new albums”, says guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. “A lot of our friends take the attitude that nobody wants anything new from them, so they go out and play old stuff. We don’t want to suck up to our past and rest on our laurels. We are opening a new chapter.”

In London, the band get pumping with no less than four modern tracks, slicing through Stampede, Stalingrad, Hellfire and 200 Years. And the audience enthusiasm is at such a high level you’d never have know these don’t come from their glory days in the 80s.

“It’s tricky putting together a setlist, but it’s a good problem to have. Now half of the set is new stuff and half of it is old. People really seem to like the fact that we are playing a shit load from Blind Rage. It’s remarkable to see the brand new songs going down as well as the songs which have been around for 30 years.”

It’s only with the double pack of Losers and Winners and London Leather Boys that the band ease their way back 30 years. Tornillo’s vocals actually have a lot more in common with Brian Johnson than with Udo Dirkschneider. In fact, his whole stage persona brings to mind the AC/DC master, and not just because he wears a hat. He has a stage bonhomie and grinning residue that lends a certain relaxed edge to everything.

“Maybe it was because we were away for so long [effectively a decade from 1997], and feel we still have something to prove. It’s a new era, and we wanted Blind Rageto leave a permanent mark. This is a new time, and we have to prove ourselves all over again.”

“Do we get enough acknowledgement from people for our influence in metal? We’re quite happy with the respect we get from the music industry. Yes, we were the first metal band out of Germany. At the start, we were kids who dreamt of touring the world. And you had to go outside of Germany to be a professional musician. We weren’t really accepted in Germany until we came back from the States in 1984. But it’s always said that a lot of German metal bands were formed after Accept made our mark. Indirectly we did help to create the German metal scene. But that was never what we set out to do. So, it’s hard for me to take credit.”

The encore again mixes old and new, with the mid-paced madness of Teutonic Terror linking the flamboyant Metal Heart and the always welcome finale, Balls To The Wall.  It’s a crisp, plunging way to finish off the night.

“I was into The Beatles and Jethro Tull early on. I listened to the latter’s Stand Up all day long. My sister had it, and I’d play it all the time.”

The one disappointment about the gig is the modest turn out. Accept should be capable of packing places like this. Yet while it’s ultimately too big for their present stature, the performance is of arena  headlining stature, which is where Accept belong.

“We wanted to move forward, and present ourselves in a nice environment, which is why we did The Forum this time. We haven’t given up on the UK. Metal is enjoying a resurgence there, so we want to play more shows in the future.”

The smiles on everyone’s face at the end, band and fans alike, says it all. Accept have the sort of commitment and charismatic determination that this writer first witnessed in 1980, when the youthful band headlined the Markthalle in Hamburg. Living in the past? No, using it as a springboard into a bright future. Turning Wildness into Rage.

ACCEPT Refuses to be a Nostalgia Act and Racks Up Another Sold Out Show

ACCEPT Refuses to be a Nostalgia Act and Racks Up Another Sold Out Show


ACCEPT’s 2014 BLIND RAGE world tour arrives in Tampere, Finland on September 27th and the show only is SOLD OUT. You don’t want to miss this show as ACCEPT is racking up SOLD OUT shows around the world… New York City, Melbourne Australia, Copenhagen Denmark and Linkoping Sweden.

Göteborg-Posten (Sweden’s second biggest morning newspaper), “It’s a tight and happy Accept who has got the courage to play four new songs before the first classic song, Losers And Winners, is played. The set list’s even share between new and old songs is a good sign that Accept refuses to be a nostalgia act.”

Gaffa (Danish music magazine), “I have been witnessing this year’s best concert experience. Accept has become a highly addictive drug that you just want more and more of. And not just the obvious classics as Restless And Wild, Fast As A Shark and of course Balls To The Wall . The new material is exceptional   and  opening number Stampede is just as good.”

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