ACCEPT let the music do the talking, relying on sheer energy, killer songs, and force of personality
You only get one chance to make a reunion impression, and the stakes are high in the case of Accept. 2010’s Blood of the Nations certainly put the current multi-continent act back on the map (three-fifths of the group currently spend most of their off time in the USA), and two years laterStalingrad solidified their headline status in traditional heavy metal. What can the troops rally around this third time w/Mark Tornillo at the microphone helm?
The greatest anthems in their catalog have always thrived on melody of some sort: be it the classical touches in the guitar (“Metal Heart”), twin harmonies (“Fast as a Shark”), or those thunderous mid-tempo riffs coupled with gang chant choruses made to scream in unison at the top of your burning lungs (“Balls to the Wall”). So it’s not surprising after a few playbacks that these 12 songs work off of that template, honing in a little deeper on the right hook/riff combinations that please traditional and classic power metal followers all over the world.
The first single/video “Stampede” has a slight up-tempo punch in the verses, Mark screaming his head off while the Hoffmann/Frank duo circle around their Flying V wagons in a thick steamroller of power chord/ tasteful lead break expertise. As the album unfolds, you’ll hear those unique Accept nuances, be it the simple note enhancement that signals the chorus of “Dark Side of My Heart,” or the mighty, epic riff that along with the background ‘ahh… ahhh-ahhh-ahhhhhh’ vocals makes the 5:58 “Fall of the Empire” resonate for those who love classics like “Princess of the Dawn,” Wolf again tearing up the emotive lead part through classic bluesy textures that recall 60’s/70’s axe mentors Hendrix and Blackmore.
When there are commercial aspects, they come in the form of Peter’s classic bass pumping for “Wanna Be Free” or the semi “Restless and Wild” guitar/drum gallop for “200 Years,” but this is Accept 100% through and through. Another stellar production job from Andy Sneap, as he has given the band the necessary ripe tones to appeal to both the old guard and the younger generation. And there’s no sense in debating Udo versus Mark vocally at this point, just enjoy the fact that both are healthy, continually productive in their golden age, and we can benefit from two acts churning out European style traditional metal to the masses. Another smile creeps across my face as at 3:27 of closer “Blind Journey” you’ll hear Wolf infuse another classical melody tribute effortlessly a la “Metal Heart,” understanding the parallels between the two styles.
Overall, Blind Rage gives you an hour’s worth of fervent head banging material, and given their recent Wacken performance this year, these Teutonic Terror men show no signs of burning out!
I admit that I Solingen steel forging have never touched so deeply in the past, as otherwise a large part of the local metal scene. Of course, “Restless And Wild” About one album and “Balls To The Wall” is not a no brainer, but generally I always found Accept a trail to ‘German’. When the band after all the trials and tribulations to their old charismatic singer Udo Dirkschneider after a long hiatus in 2010 with Mark Tornillo on the microphone and the album “Blood Of The Nations” drove back to light, I had the chance, with guitarist and Mastermind Wolf Hoffmann to talk about the new Accept. He said in part: “All signs point to storm!” How right he was. Any reservations about the new cast are already wiped with two strong albums from the table, with “Blind Rage” definitive proof now comes that today Accept authority and endure. Here there is everything that makes the group distinctive. Powerful metal anthems, endless Drive and Power, masterful guitar work, which repeatedly generates classically tinged melodies, the typical Woh-Hoh Hoh-choruses in the right place and with the vocals of Mark Tornillo finally convincing international paint. Also, the speculative as yet in “Stalingrad” has completely disappeared, leaving a classic, timeless masterpiece of heavy metal that will last for many years. Every damn song on this disc is a winner. It starts with the rapid entry “Stampede”, reaches with the supported “Fall Of The Empire” with his successful guitar solo in the style of Ritchie Blackmore its first peak, interspersed with “From The Ashes We Rise” a confident statement and finds with “Final Journey “a crashing end. Here skin Wolf Hoffmann Studies of Edvard Grieg with pure that it only seems like dizzy. Tip! And above all this hovers a striking atmosphere of kindness, friendship and sympathy. Nothing there with Wutbürger, as elsewhere hawked. We are talking a lot more about solidarity and preservation of true values. But above all, for a lot of tradition-metallic fun! Anyway. “Blind Rage” is a serious candidate for going as one of the best metal albums of the year across the finish line.
Trying to argue about ACCEPT’s influence on Heavy Metal music in general is like trying to find a pile of beers in a monastery, to say the least. So let’s just focus on the last 4-5 years of the band’s career: yes, the years that led to the reformation of the band with Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK) behind the mic. Two albums were so far the result of this collaboration and the upshot was awesome by all means. Sharp riffs, screaming vocals, major melodies and some really inspired s
Trying to argue about ACCEPT’s influence on Heavy Metal music in general is like trying to find a pile of beers in a monastery, to say the least. So let’s just focus on the last 4-5 years of the band’s career: yes, the years that led to the reformation of the band with Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK) behind the mic. Two albums were so far the result of this collaboration and the upshot was awesome by all means. Sharp riffs, screaming vocals, major melodies and some really inspired songwriting/craftsmanship led to two albums of stellar acceptance and the verdict was clear: ACCEPT is here to stay and get our balls to the wall, babes!
“Blind Rage” is no exception to the rule. From the angry cover artwork to the songs themselves inside, the result is as desired by the classic Metal fan. The music is 100% Heavy Metal and the production – by Andy Sneap again – does justice to the amplitude and volume needed for all the numbers to take shape and torment you like a typhoon. There’s no need to mention any special track here since all of them have their special meaning and position in the tracklist. There are fast songs, mid-pace bangers and more atmospheric cuts here and they all built an album that’s coherent and intact/integrated. The vocals of Tornillo are mature and experienced but do not imagine he does not scream in awe when challenged. The riffs and leads are blazing again, ’nuff said. The bass is pounding and the drums are relentless and overall the instrumentation is nothing you should worry about…
There’s no need to exaggerate more on “Blind Rage” to justify the grade below. This is the third album in a row after their reformation where ACCEPT (as a band/brand) showcase their special charisma in a creating Heavy Metal music from the heart that stays ageless and timeless. If “Blood Of The Nations” and “Stalingrad” were a nice treat for your ears, then you should definitely invest on this new offering by these German legends.
The new ACCEPT Album Blind Rage is making big waves! Media all over the world have the same opinion….“Blind Rage“ is a musical diamond, the top candidate of metal album of the year, a milestone! Order your copy of Blind Rage.
Check the quotes.
“Metal-Anthems for all eternity”
ROCK HARD (GER), Holger Startmann
“BLIND RAGE – a musical diamond, made of the carbon ur-ACCEPT provided and sharpened by the compositional ingenuity of their resurrection – melodic force on the highest level.”
ROCK IT (GER), Hartl Gril
“BLIND RAGE – the name says it all: eleven times pure energy, eleven times powerful Riff-Metal – eleven times exactly what fans of ACCEPT want to hear.”
METAL HAMMER (GER), Matthias Mineur
“The best album with US-fronter Mark Tornillio – and an album that fulfils all hymns of praise to 100%: “An album that’s highly addictive!”, “The album of the year”, “A classic already!”, “A must-have for every True-Metal headbanger” How do they do that?”
ROCK IT! + PIRANHA (GER), Andreas Schoewe
“A timeless, classic master piece of Heavy Metal, that’ll last for many years. BLIND RAGE is a real candidate for ‘Metal-Album of the Year’.”
BREAKOUT (GER), Juergen Lugerth
“Next to the upcoming release from PRIEST the most wanted Metal-Opus of 2014, that not only delivers what was promised, but tries to beat its own standards set in the bands seconds spring – and it’s still going strong. Face to face with “Stalingrad” the Grand Masters of Teutonic-Steel deliver an even higher number of memorable refrains, without waiving any of their trademarks. I’d take any bet that we will hear a lot more of “Blind Rage” in the festival summers to come. Thank you, and I’m looking forward to the next ‘200 years’.”
PLANET MUSIC (AT), Walter Scheurer
“The best guitar riffs unite the best vocal lines! It is already one of the best pure heavy metal albums of all time!”
ROADIE CREW (BRA), Claudio Vicentin
“After 35 years Accept still smash your balls to the wall.”
METALLIZED (DK), Stephen Rocky, 10 /10 points
“Third time is the charm! Accept fires on all cylinders with “Blind Rage”, the band’s most cohesive release in decades, and the stamp “most successful comeback in Metal” changes to “most reliable pioneers in Metal”. May Accept’s breed of Metal never die!”
SCREAM (NO), Frode Johnsrud
“Accept’s latest attack comes with red rage and rough, catchy riffs. Strong and balanced new album charges upon you like a bull.”
SUE (FIN), Jussi Lahtonen
“See the raging buffalo at the cover? Listen! Here it comes!”
METAL HAMMER (PL), Lukasz Wewior
“This is how Heavy Metal should sound nowadays. Recommended to all fans of metal!”
METAL OBS (F)
“Exceptional guitar playing, amazing vocals, pure musical talent ! »Blind Rage« recaptures the glory of the band! »
The third album since Mark Tornillo joined Accept sees the band uncork the strongest collection of songs since Blood Of The Nations.
BW&BK (CAN), Mark Gromen