“Blind Rage” is Accept doing what Accept do best, powerhouse riff-laden melodic heavy metal. If it ain’t broken…don’t fix it. Easily a contender for album of the year.

“Blind Rage” is Accept doing what Accept do best, powerhouse riff-laden melodic heavy metal. If it ain’t broken…don’t fix it. Easily a contender for album of the year.

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There is always a sense of excitement for yours truly when a new Accept record is imminent.  Having been a fan since my pre-teen years, well over thirty years ago, the German quintet have and always will, hold a special place in my metal heart, so, as you can imagine, the arrival of “Blind Rage” has got this heart beating as fast as a shark…  sorry I couldn’t resist!

Fans of the band will know what to expect from “Blind Rage” but for those of you who are still unfamiliar, I need only say two words “HEAVY METAL”!

This Accept’s 14th studio album and the third (in five years) to feature the excellent current line-up of Wolf Hoffmann, Peter Baltes, Herman Frank, Steffan Schwarzmann and Mark Tornillo.  Out of the three Tornillo fronted albums, “Blind Rage” brings back that classic Accept sound of old more than any but with a naturally 21st century feel.

Opening track, “Stampede” is exactly that. A charging sonic attack of  big riffs, big vocals and those classical flavoured Wolf Hoffman solos, an obvious future show starter…one hopes?  “Dying Breed”is next up and pays homage in its lyrics to both influences and counterparts of days gone by.  Listen to the lyrics and see how many references you can spot?  “Dark Side Of My Heart” harks back to the“Metal Heart” era with its “Up To The Limit” similarities.

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“Fall Of The Empire” slows it down a tad all brooding chugging riffs and the oh so familiar chanted background vocals.  “Trail Of Tears” ups the tempo again with a riff that cements the theory that Accept were indeed one major influence on the whole speed/thrash genre.  “Wanna Be Free” is the band looking at the state of affairs in the world whereas “200 Years” highlights what will inevitably happen if we don’t take note? Both tracks naturally delivered in crunching metal fashion.

“Bloodbath Mastermind” will have you flooring the pedal in your car and banging your heads ‘til your necks are breaking whilst you  do so.   “The Curse” will take you back to their “Russian Roulette” era which I personally hear referenced a lot on “Blind Rage”, which is no bad thing as I have a fondness for that  album, it was back in ’86 on that tour that I first got my live Acceptexperience.  Closing track “Final Journey” is another fast-paced delight which literally had me jumping for joy as Wolf Hoffmann has once again  incorporate a fabulous piece of classical music into his solo.  This time around it’s Grieg’s “Morning Mood”…a welcome return Herr Hoffmann.

“Blind Rage” is Accept doing what Accept do best, powerhouse riff-laden melodic heavy metal.  If it ain’t broken…don’t fix it.  Easily a contender for album of the year.

REVIEW BY: DRROCK

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Blind Rage is another strong addition to their canon, one fans of hard rock, thrash, and classic metal should be sure to check out.

Blind Rage is another strong addition to their canon, one fans of hard rock, thrash, and classic metal should be sure to check out.

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Teutonic thrashers Accept found new life in 2009, reforming with New Jersey born vocalist Mark Tornillo, a man whose vocals came close enough to Udo Dirckschneider’s to make the world forget the lilliputian singer’s departure and – pun intended – accept Accept again. Two highly critically acclaimed albums followed, and here in 2014 the band has once more chosen Andy Sneap to record their latest barnstormer. Entitled Blind Rage, the new album sees the band even farther removed from any vestiges of instability that may have plagued them in years past.

At this point Accept have proven that with their music, you know what you’re going to get. Wolf Hoffman (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass) have been writing music together since about 1976, if not further back, and in spinning Blind Rage, it is evident that they do not waste their time with fluff. Opening song ‘Stampede’ starts thing off in tight, speedy fashion, putting the foot on the gas pedal as Tornillo squalls and bellows his way through Accept’s gritty brand of street thrash. The Sneap production sheds decades off their sound while also shredding the riffs up sharp as knives. A gang-vocal chorus give-and-take with Hoffman and Tornillo lines this song up as a future live favorite. Accepthas a penchant for following up a fast-paced opener with a slower sophomore track. The new album is no exception. Lyrically a clever story of metal’s evolution expressed in classic album titles, ‘Dying Breed’ has a denim-clad attitude and comes off as a hymn to all that is good and pure about heavy metal music. Fun, rousing, and a proper ode toAccept’s fellow warriors who helped begin it all.

After so many years in the game, it is nice to see a band as venerable as Accept still make an impact. ‘Dark Side of My Heart’ has a little slice of fellow Germans Helloweento it, rife with melody and a classic-rock styled chorus. A more melodic sound encapsulates a good deal of Blind Rage, in fact, especially in ‘Trail of Tears,’ an album highlight filled with memorable breakdowns, Stefan Schwarzman’s mean double kick drums, and a once again Helloween-like chorus. Like Testament and Manowarbefore them, Accept takes a stab lyrically at one of America’s most shameful black marks on its own history.  Slow burning, bar room pseudo-ballad ‘Wanna Be Free’ is sure to get emotions up, with its dreamy melodies and message of hope in a world of violence. Accept is so convincing in their delivery, it is difficult not to get invested emotionally while blasting this album.

‘200 Years’ is a cosmopolitan, somewhat safe song mid-track listing; it gets swallowed up by the excellent ‘Bloodbath Mastermind.’ This one bleeds classic Accept, and will please fans old and new. ‘From the Ashes We Rise’ is another strong fist-pumper, lamenting the state of the world with classic metal hooks and a rousing singalong chorus. They avoid sounding at all depressing with their message that no matter what happens, we will get up and we will survive. Quite uplifting and well-wrought. ‘The Curse’ is a little bit of the same as far as vibe and delivery, but lacks a little bit in the effectiveness department. Closer ‘Final Journey’ ratchets up the speed and the heaviness, assuring that Blind Rage goes out on a very high note.

When bands have been in existence as long as Accept has, it becomes very easy to criticize their later efforts. Accept is not reinventing their style with Blind Rage. Instead they are going for the throat with some downright chugging, power-rich heavy metal anthems. It is their honesty and dedication to the craft which keeps them relevant. It is their awesome delivery and strong vocal attack which elevates them above any sort of dotage. Blind Rage is another strong addition to their canon, one fans of hard rock, thrash, and classic metal should be sure to check out.

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Brilliant Video Review of ACCEPT BLIND RAGE By Coverkiller Nation, A fantastic display of pacing, songwriting and overall finesse.

Brilliant Video Review of ACCEPT BLIND RAGE By Coverkiller Nation, A fantastic display of pacing, songwriting and overall finesse.

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Accept quite frankly has been on a roll. This, their third album since their comeback may exhibit itself as their strongest offering yet, blending an old-school feeling with a touch of current genius. A fantastic display of pacing, songwriting and overall finesse.


ACCEPT BLIND RAGE Out Now Worldwide!

ACCEPT BLIND RAGE Out Now Worldwide!

ACCEPT Blind Rage Out Now!

 

The new ACCEPT album BLIND RAGE is out now worldwide! Get your copy at your favorite music retailer!


Accept unleash a modern classic metal album of the highest quality.

Accept unleash a modern classic metal album of the highest quality.

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‘Blind Rage’ is another stellar Accept album

Accept really don’t need an introduction with a career spanning 40 years now. It is great to see that they are still going full steam ahead. They now present their new album “Bilnd Rage”, the third longplayer since their re-union in 2009. The team behind the production has been the same as on the two previous releases “Blood Of The Nation” and “Stalingrad”. Mark Tornillo is again on vocals and hopefully the talk about “the new one” is going to vanish finally. His voice fits perfectly to the trademark Accept sound and his stage performances have been outstanding during the last two sold-out world tours. The band worked again together with Andy Sneap as producer continuing the successful work of the two previous albums.

Accept start the record with the up-tempo track “Stampede” that had been released as a video a few weeks earlier. The song is classic Accept material and a perfect opener for a metal album. The song should work very well live and will fit in with the highlights of the early Accept-days. From here on the band just unleashes a firework of outstanding classic metal tracks. Accept play with different stylistic elements without repeating themselves. This, in combination with the modern and powerful production, keeps the album fresh.

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“Dark Side Of My Heart” comes with a “Balls To The Wall”-feeling. “Fall Of The Empire” is a slower but very groovy song that includes thoughtful and critical lyrics. Overall the lyrical concept on “Blind Rage” is much darker and critical than on the two predecessors. “The feeling that the world is in a constant riot was crucial. No matter, where you look, it is blind rage that let people decide to do the most absurd things,” comments the band in an official statement. Tracks like “Wanna Be Free” with its acoustic intro and “200 Years”, a classic Accept-song that should work very well live, fit that description as well.

There are no failures on “Blind Rage”. All songs deliver and feature different elements. Accept pump out one classic after another from the typical Accept-rockers “Dying Breed” and “Bloodbath Mastermind” to the slower, melodic “From The Ashes” and “The Curse”, which almost counts as a ballad and has a very catchy refrain. The only big question is why the band finishes the album with “Final Journey”, the heaviest song on “Blind Rage”. We can only hope that the title is not an indication of a career that comes to an end.

The masters of metal from Germany have done it again. Accept unleash a modern classic metal album of the highest quality. It has a myriad of great riffs, outstanding guitar solos (Wolf Hoffmann is one of the most underrated guitar players in the genre), choir-like backing vocal (without them it wouldn’t be an Accept album, right?) and songs that are just written very, very well. You combine that with a state-of-the-art production, critical lyrics and great cover artwork and you have one mighty fine album.

9.5 of 10

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