Sunday evening downtown the Bucharest, Romanian capital. A very good time for people to enjoy their free time walking, filling bars or…for real rockers to take part to a real heavy metal event together with the real German legend ACCEPT. After a too long hiatus they succeeded to get in Bucharest as headliners at 2010 Sonisphere festival and now on their own on the Chaos club.
After a greet and meet with the nice, peaceful guys from ACCEPT at 22.00 o’clock they turned into “bad” guys (in the good sense of term) on stage. In the front of it you can’t throw a needle because of the packed crowd, in the back people eagerly to see how could this band could perform. After a beginning full of energy but with artistic expressions given by Hung Drawn and Quarted, they kept on tearing up the stage, as fuelled by audience energy and the fire inside them. Not letting any representative album aside, they taught a the public a complete two hours set of a heavy metal lesson. Promoting the last album with the “Stalingrad” hit, the solid “Hellfire”, the lyrical “Shadow soldiers”, terrorizing us with the ferocious riffs of “Bucketfull of hate”, “Teutonic terror”, “No shelter” from the appraised Blood of the Nations, classicals “Restless and wild”, “Breaker”, “Neon nights”, taking headbanging to the limit with “Aiming High”, “Losers and winners” and “Monsterman”, oferring an intelligent conception sample like “Bulletproof”, give us a little break with “Up to the limit” and finally pleasing anyone no matter the taste with “ Princess of the dawn”, “Metal heart”, “Pandemic” (the song that links the past to the present) and “Balls to the wall”. You don’t know really what you like most: Wolf /Peter guitars/ bass solos or duels, Wolf’s mimic handling the guitar, Peter not letting anyone in the audience to stay still for a second, thundering riffs that coming to you like a hurricane, Stefan crushing drums all the way, Hermann keeping tight the rhythm under control, or Mark getting along unbelievable well with all the songs from the past and and present. After this performance all you can say is: how they can do it ? the show is really over ? why the stage seems too small ? Or the stay in the line to get another autograph from the heavy metal masters who became humans again.
A night always remembered with the hope of their coming back. They had to catch up regarding Romania. And the whole world.
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.
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/
While 10th of thousands of greek demonstrators faught the most devastating street battle in modern times in downtown Athen, ACCEPT fans had the wildest party as ACCEPT brought the house down. Two events happening at the same time in greek capital…ACCEPT can be proud that they kept their loyalty to all ACCEPT fans in Greece and their statement: “we will be there with you…no matter what!” went viral over the internet. Athen Metalheads, ACCEPT will never forget YOU! Click here and read the complete review of what happened.