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.


VOLBEAT ANNOUNCE ACCEPT AND KONKHRA AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR AUGUST 1 APPEARANCE AT TUSINDARSSKOVEN IN ODENSE

VOLBEAT ANNOUNCE ACCEPT AND KONKHRA AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR AUGUST 1 APPEARANCE AT TUSINDARSSKOVEN IN ODENSE

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VOLBEAT ANNOUNCE ACCEPT AND KONKHRA AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR AUGUST 1 APPEARANCE AT TUSINDARSSKOVEN  IN ODENSE

Copenhagen, Denmark — VOLBEAT has revealed legendary German heavy metal pioneers ACCEPT and Denmark’s KONKHRA will join the band for their largest headlining appearance to date on August 1 at Tusindårsskoven in Odense, Denmark.  With barely two months to go until the band takes the stage for the final time in 2015, limited tickets remain which can be purchased via www.volbeat.dk.

With a back catalogue dating all the way back to their self-titled debut in 1979, ACCEPT have managed to impress the Danes on several occasions in recent years. In 2012, they initiated their Danish charge with a packed Amager Bio, and the following year saw them back in Denmark performing at the constant growing Copenhell Festival.  They released their latest studio offering, Blind Rage in the summer of 2014 to critical acclaim across the globe.  The band will perform at a few select festivals over the course of this summer, alongside this special appearance in Odense on August 1. 

Opening on the night will be Copenhagen based death metal band KONKHRA. Forming under the name Vicious Circle in the late 1980s, the band settled for the name KONKHRA with their first demo 25 years ago. They quickly proved to be the leading metal force in Denmark up through the 1990s, issuing the groundbreaking releases Spit or Swallow and Weed Out the Weak.  Historically, when Michael Poulsen was a young, rising front man, the band invited his first band Dominus to open for them in Ringsted Medborgerhus in the early 1990s.  That evening marked Dominus’ very first live performance. The addition of KONKHRA marks the deeply loyal Poulsen returning the favor to Anders Lundemark and company.

Please read more about this spectacular and soon to be sold out event on www.volbeat.dk


ACCEPT RETURN TO EUROPE FOR A HOT SUMMER

ACCEPT RETURN TO EUROPE FOR A HOT SUMMER

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Their critically acclaimed return with BLOOD OF THE NATIONS in 2010 opened the Metal Sky for the German band ACCEPT – after a 15 year hiatus – with a Bang! They stayed on the move with a second album STALINGRAD – in 2012 as always supported by a worldwide tour. 2014 they started with an impressive album release  – BLIND RAGE – at the top of European charts and entries worldwide, gracing the rock magazines from around the globe from Sweden to South America, racing through Asia, Australia, Europe, North & South America – sold out shows as well as being part of the biggest International Music Festivals until December, that was BLIND RAGE Tour PART 1. April  2015 they continued with BLIND RAGE TOUR Part 2 which will end in Europe mid December.

The schedule has been pretty demanding and not everybody could stand the test of times…. poster child of fitness Wolf Hoffmann and his “ALTER EGO” Peter Baltes are pushing the envelope and have the greatest fun outdoing each other on stage – holding up the trademark of ACCEPT’s stage performance of mostly 2 hours: Fan, Power, Groove and Speed. Mark Tornillo can hold his own and is a formidable force on stage and very much loved by the fans.

Obviously, they do not slow down – the opposite. Wolf Hoffmann quote: We need to let it all come out and time is the essence. We are happiest when we are on stage and what a nerve wrecking thrill it is to write a new album and jump on stage and perform it… We are on it again ….but – we will take our time. Fans know, they can count on us – we will deliver…. but no rush. We might tape our show at the Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and release that in between.”

The band is on Tour again  –  FASTER…..HARDER….. LOUDER


ACCEPT Says THANK YOU BRAZIL!

ACCEPT Says THANK YOU BRAZIL!

Obrigado fãs brasileiros pela calorosa recepção que nos foi dada! Adoramos cada minuto e a energia entre VOCÊS e a banda foi fantástica! Foi INESQUECÍVEL o tempo que passamos com vocês! OBRIGADO aos nossos colegas músicos e OBRIGADO aos promotores! Obrigado a TODOS que fizeram deste evento tão especial!
Nos veremos em breve!
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Photos of ACCEPT at MONSTERS OF ROCK in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photos of ACCEPT at MONSTERS OF ROCK in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Check out these great images from the MONSTERS OF ROCK show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit Camila Cara/Monsters of Rock.