ACCEPT BLIND RAGE – 91 Out of 100, A Worthy Metal Listen. By Pitriff

ACCEPT BLIND RAGE – 91 Out of 100, A Worthy Metal Listen. By Pitriff

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Accept continue to rage on. Since his debut with the band, it’s as clear as can be that vocalist Mark Tornillo has completely revitalized this band. His first two discs with the band, BLOOD OF THE NATIONS and STALINGRAD, were both masterpieces that sit near the top of the Accept catalog…regardless of who the singer is. This is not to say that Tornillo is better than Udo Dirkschneider or David Reece or anything like that. Instead, it’s just a testament to how one guy can completely change the energy for a band in a positive way. Back again quickly for a third time, Accept continue their trend of greatness for a third straight release. While this release is not quite as good as the past two, there’s no denying the real, powerful energy that Accept continues to create once again.

BLIND RAGE has all the pieces that Accept has established in their rebirth. The songs are big, anthemic and metal to the core. The playing is flawless. The production is masterful. Really, the only criticism I have for the entire disc is that Tornillo sounds a bit more worn as a vocalist. That’s not to say he’s 2014 Brian Johnson, but that there’s just a touch of road wear on his voice right now. It doesn’t stop the band from doing what they’ve always done best. Listening to songs like “Dark Side Of My Heart”, I defy any Accept fan to not headbang while thinking of the worlds to the band’s classic “Up To The Limit” from decades ago. Guitarists Wolf Hoffman and Herman Frank are blistering throughout the disc. “Stampede” is literally a clinic of what fast, powerful German metal is supposed to sound like. Songs like “Fall Of The Empire” and “The Curse” have that slow, marching anthem pacing which will get fists pumping in an audience with everyone chanting “hey, hey hey” to the beat of it. Credit to drummer Stefan Schwarzmann and bassist Peter Baltes for creating such an addictive backdrop for the guitarists and Tornillo to rage from throughout. These songs are apparitions though, with speedy power like “Trail Of Tears” roaring behind them to bring the pace back up. If nothing else, the tracking of BLIND RAGE is about as perfect as it can be. The album flows so perfectly together that you literally are forced to listen to the entire thing instead of a song here and there.

PITRIFF RATING – 91/100 – BLIND RAGE is very strong. It’s not the masterpiece that either of the two previous releases were, but that’s primarily because it’s almost impossible to write a third collection of songs as good as those in such a short time. Still, it’s pretty much an impossibility that any fan of Accept, european metal or musical power will find any reason at all to avoid this disc. It rocks hard, just as you would expect Accept to do. A worthy metal listen.

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Metalholic – Blind Rage is about as good as heavy metal gets in my eyes.

Metalholic – Blind Rage is about as good as heavy metal gets in my eyes.

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The year was 2009, when I woke up early in the morning, and the first thing that flashed in front of my eyes was news of Accept’s reunion. That’s right;“Let’s make the ‘Metal Heart’ beat again” were the words that made me realize that these guys are on fire even after so many decades, and I was definitely expecting chaos. Under new label management (Nuclear Blast), Accept exploded onto their new journey with all guns blazing. Armed to the teeth with new vocalist Mark Tornillo, a heavier musical tone, and a return to their older, darker themes, Acceptunleashed upon the unready mortal masses their twelfth studio album: Blood Of The Nations. It was one of the best heavy metal albums of the past decade, simply put.

After releasing their critically acclaimed follow-up album Stanlingrad, and after a highly successful world tour, they are back in action with a new album Blind Rage; the third with Tornillo behind the mic. Do they ever stop? Hell No!Blind Rage is yet another notch in these Germans’ bullet-belts, pulverizing to dust any lingering doubts that the loss of Udo Dirkschneider would doom the band. Surfacing after a great effort in Stalingrad, the pressure was on for Wolf Hoffman and team to deliver the goods, and they deliver it flawlessly. The true gem here is without a doubt the first track “Stampede”. It starts with a patented Accept riff, and then advances at an efficient speed until the chorus, which detonates in an anthemic fashion as Tornillo and gang memorably roar “Stampede! Trampled to the ground. Stampede! Flattened by the sound…” Continue reading…


Blabbermouth – ACCEPT shows once again on “Blind Rage” they’re masters of their trade

Blabbermouth – ACCEPT shows once again on “Blind Rage” they’re masters of their trade

ACCEPT shows once again on “Blind Rage” they’re masters of their trade, no matter who holds the mike.

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If there’s any old-school metal band worthier of resurrection than ACCEPT, let them make their stand now. ACCEPT 2.0 with Mark Tornillo fronting them has been exemplary proof there’s life after death and that you can buck the naysayers by believing in what you’re doing and going full force regardless of who follows or not. Now laying down their third album within the five years since their re-launch, ACCEPT shows once again on “Blind Rage” they’re masters of their trade, no matter who holds the mike.

Working for the third consecutive time with producer Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT and EXODUS) since their 2009 revival, the vow by Wolf Hoffmann to “never change a winning team” may sound trite to Udo Dirkschneider holdouts, but the intent is well-meant and well-kept. Sneap knows the ACCEPT sound so intricately, it’s no wonder he’s backing them once again. He’s a considerable factor to why they still sound so loud and powerful after all these years. His understanding goes straight down to fusing the masculine whoa-oh chants and baritone gang backers on the choruses for “Dying Breed”, “Wanna Be Free” and “Fall of the Empire” to complete the illusion this as much an ACCEPT album as any that’s come before it. Continue reading…


Stereo Plaza – KYIV, UA 11/13/2012 (Review by Vladislav Tokmenko)

Stereo Plaza – KYIV, UA 11/13/2012 (Review by Vladislav Tokmenko)

When i first heard about Accept show in Ukraine, i was pretty astonished. My favourite rock band first time in its history would come to Kiev. But there was 5 months left till November, i bought a ticket and started to wait. Price was 25$. Stalingrad tour 2012 was in its height, setlist was pretty good.

This fantastic day began with the Meets and Greets with the band in lobby bar of the Kiev hotel. Those fantastic moments are difficult to express by words. Peter and Wolf were so kind to sign all CDs and to take a lot of photos. Then i came to the venue, Stereo plaza club, there was a lot people singing songs, speaking to each other. Audience was pretty mixed, from 10-years old children to solid men over 50 with their wifes. Some hours waiting and i entered a hall, Wolf was just finishing soundcheck. Sound was great. I decided to stand in first row near barriers. ​After a short break, the lights dimmed, intro and taped part Hung, Drawn and Quartered played. A great intro for the band during Stalingrad tour. Then, cutting over the top was that familiar snapping snare from Stefan. The lights came up revealing Wolf, Peter and Herman bent over their guitars then Mark Tornillo walked on stage completeing the band, and the audience clapped and cheered, welcoming Accept in their very first show in Ukraine. The band ploughed through the first three numbers before taking a breath. Setlist was standart and pretty good. 4 songs from Stalingrad album, 4 songs from Blood of the Nations, other – only good old stuff from classic albums of 80′s. While playing Stalingrad Mark came out with Ukrainian flag and then Herman broke string. What a powerful show! For me the highlights were Hung Drawn and Quartered, Stalingrad, Teutonic Terror, Monsterman, Princess of the Dawn. These 5 songs were worth the price of admission alone. Their speed and virtuosity simply blew me away. Wolf’s guitar solo including Hall of the Mountain King was tremendous. During the bass solo in Princess, even barriers didn’t stand for crowd’s pressure and were totally broken. Peter saw this moment and asked people to move back and with smiling face continued to play for the extraordinary joy of crowd. Encores with Metal Heart, Teutonic Terror and Balls to the Wall were accompinied with five thousand voices singing and total madness. Wolf’s guitar solo including Hall of the Mountain King was tremendous. By the way, it was total sold out and this fact added more pride for Kiev show. Everybody after the show was smiling and had a straining voice due to musical excitement. I liked new songs live, Mark is pretty good singer and frontman, Stefan, Herman, Peter, Wolf were fantastic. To sum it up, it was the best show i’ ve ever seen and i thank Accept for it. Using the mobile application Accept by Mobile backstage i learned that guys also liked Kiev show and “definitely want to come back”. That’s fantastic and we are looking forward for a new show.


MY STORY – Unedited, personal stories written by ACCEPT Fans, 10/23/2012 (By Irfan Berk, Arizona)

MY STORY – Unedited, personal stories written by ACCEPT Fans, 10/23/2012 (By Irfan Berk, Arizona)

The first time I saw Accept was in 83. I saw them 3 times in 7 days. I still remember sitting outside the concert hall in Heidelberg and talking to Herman and Peter. There was a hot chick dressed in all black. We thought she must be a groupie but in reality, she was Accepts manager.
At the last show in 83, we ended up between stage and barrier, I felt like I was a  part of the crew. Over the next few years I saw Accept when I could  here and there, and moved to the United States in 94. 96 a Fare Well Tour. Accept plays in my home town Berlin and I had to be there, I booked a ticket and flew to Berlin Germany to see Accept, friends and family. Last show ever, no Accept anymore?
In 2005, a rumor goes around that Accept is getting back together for a reunion tour. It would be festival tour and a few smaller shows in Japan. Festivals, no thanks, too many people. I was more interested in some of the smaller shows in Japan.
I planned my Accept trip to Japan. How do I get a ticket for a show in Japan? I found a ticket place here in Phoenix, booked my flight and hotel and off I went to the Diamond Hall in Nagoya, Japan. August, 2nd 2005, Accept is on stage, I can’t believe it, I’m in Japan to see Accept one more time.  I’m the tallest and whitest guy there. During the show, Herman looks at me, looks again and points at me. I salute back. Did he remember me after all these years?
The show was great, it is like old times and one more time I am rocking with Accept, headbanging to Fast, Son, Balls, Breaker, London Leather ….. all the songs I love. What a show, I enjoyed every second of it. I felt  like I was 19 again. The show is over, the band bows to the fans and Herman points at me to wait at a door. Cool, I have time.
A few minutes later, Herman comes out the door. “I remember you, what the hell are you doing here?”  We talk a few minutes and he takes me back stage.Here they are. Wolf, Peter … and the hot girl from 83. We started talking and realize that Gaby, the girl from 83, is also from my home town Berlin. Cool. She gives me her All Access Pass for memories, they offer me food and drinks and Stefan gives me a drum stick. I had a great time in Japan with Accept, not because I ended up backstage, no, I always have fun with Accept.
I don’t know if that is a record, well for me it is. A German guy, who lives in Arizona, travels to Japan to see Accept, a German band. Back in Arizona, a few weeks later I send an email to Accept and Gaby to thank her for taking care of me in Japan and for the pass. Over the next few month emails got sent back and fourth and we became good friends. I visited Gaby at her place, she met my wife Veronica and my son Jamon. I became part of her family and we kind of “adopted” each other. One day, I received an email from Gaby which  says, “Check this out”. A demo with two Accept songs. A few weeks later another mail, “We are back”.  What? Accept is back with a new singer. It’s about time.
May 2010, New York, first show with Mark. Gaby invites us and off we go again. Another Accept show and for the first time, we have passes. Off we go. At the door, Gaby is there and greets us, I see Wolf, Peter and Herman is shocked to see me again. The show was fantastic. Mark’s voice is great, perfect for Accept. ACCEPT is back, new CD coming out soon. YEAH.
April 2011, it’s birthday month and Accept is on tour here in the US. This time Accept plays here in Phoenix at a festival but only for 45 minutes or so but it does not matter, I’m there. I see Gaby and the guys at the hotel.
A few days after the Phoenix show, I fly to Portland, Oregon. I take my son on his 8th birthday to an Accept show. On the way over there we practice Balls and Heidiheidoheida as loud as we can. Gaby is at the door and she takes us straight to the sound guy and board. Oh, he is German too but more important, and my son is safe. I hold him in my arms most of the time and we enjoyed his first Accept show together.
In 2012 a new CD and another tour. In April 2012 they play in my home town Berlin Germany, that means, I have to travel to Germany. I don’t know how long the show was but it was long, at least 1 1/2 hours. I’m exhausted, my neck hurts. I have a pass and the sound guy takes me back stage. Another night with Accept. September 2012, the boys are in Anaheim. For me, it feels more and more like a family reunion. Here is the band, the merch guy, the sound guy, the only person which is missing is Gaby. Another great show!
Since 83 I have seen Accept numerous times, still have most shirts even though they don’t fit anymore, my favorite shirt is the one from Japan and a signed from the 83 Tour.

As long as they are touring, I will be there.