Tonight I ran into that beast…in the form of the German Teutonic Metal Machine…ACCEPT!

Tonight I ran into that beast…in the form of the German Teutonic Metal Machine…ACCEPT!

Concert Review: ACCEPT; Kuopio Rock Cock 2015; July 31

BY: TJ FOWLER

I have lived here in Finland for about three and a half years, being transplanted from Tennessee into a heavy metal wonderland.  In this span of time I have had great opportunities to cover bands I could only dream of back in my home state.  One of these great opportunities has been getting the chance of covering the legendary ACCEPT. 

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The first time was in September of 2014 in Tampere in a moderately sized club and the band commanded the night like no other.  This time however they were headlining day one of the Kuopio Rock Cock Festival and this would be my first time seeing them in a larger setting.

Living in Kuopio I have attended this festival every year since arriving here in 2012 and the festival never ceases to amaze in the acts they bring as headliners.  Nightwish, Scorpions and now ACCEPT.

To say I was eager is an understatement. The band took the stage as the day had mostly faded away but still glimmers of light were peeking through the clouds which is the norm for long summer nights in Finland.

This night though, the people of Kuopio needed to beware what was lurking in the shadows because they were in danger of getting stampeded by a heavy metal titan.

ACCEPT stormed the stage and proceeded to stampede the audience with…well the song Stampede.    The fans went ballistic and cheered the band every step of the way and the band kept rolling its metal wheels and launched into Stalingrad followed by London Leather Boys.

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One after the other the band kept delivering hit after hit and the fans screamed in unison with the band.  Whether it was Princess of the Dawn, Metal Heart or newer songs like Pandemic and Teutonic Terror, the Finnish fans made their country proud this night and gave the band 110% support.  Even the fans off to the side in the drinking areas and not in the main crowd area were standing and head banging to the band.

In Fact, the city of Kuopio itself showed its pride.  There were several police officers who actually came to the festival when ACCEPT went on stage to specifically see the band play because they were fans of the band.

The band wasin true form and sounded perfect, and they could have honestly used this show to record some live material.  They sounded that good.

It should also be noted the band has a couple new members, guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams.  I have to say these two guys have made excellent additions to the band and both had more of an active stage presence than some previous members and showed of some great showmanship.  It is always great when all the members have some stage presence they can show the crowd. (Scroll down past photo to read more and see thank you video)

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Finland Loves you ACCEPT!

If you get the chance to see the band live on their current tour, don’t miss the opportunity, they will blow away any other act they go up against and were the highlight of Kuopio Rock.

My hats off to the band and to the festival itself for bringing them here.

To sum things up I want to use an analogy, I live in an area here in Kuopio called Petonen, roughly translated, it means beast.  Well tonight I ran into that beast…in the form of the German Teutonic Metal Machine…ACCEPT!

Watch the FInnish Fan Thank you below!!!!


ACCEPT Refuses to be a Nostalgia Act and Racks Up Another Sold Out Show

ACCEPT Refuses to be a Nostalgia Act and Racks Up Another Sold Out Show

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ACCEPT’s 2014 BLIND RAGE world tour arrives in Tampere, Finland on September 27th and the show only is SOLD OUT. You don’t want to miss this show as ACCEPT is racking up SOLD OUT shows around the world… New York City, Melbourne Australia, Copenhagen Denmark and Linkoping Sweden.

Göteborg-Posten (Sweden’s second biggest morning newspaper), “It’s a tight and happy Accept who has got the courage to play four new songs before the first classic song, Losers And Winners, is played. The set list’s even share between new and old songs is a good sign that Accept refuses to be a nostalgia act.”

Gaffa (Danish music magazine), “I have been witnessing this year’s best concert experience. Accept has become a highly addictive drug that you just want more and more of. And not just the obvious classics as Restless And Wild, Fast As A Shark and of course Balls To The Wall . The new material is exceptional   and  opening number Stampede is just as good.”

Tour dates and ticket links are available at http://www.acceptworldwide.com/tour/


ACCEPT: Tampere, Finland Show Sold Out!

ACCEPT: Tampere, Finland Show Sold Out!

Heavy metal giants ACCEPT are currently on tour to promote their latest album “Blind Rage”. The band started out in the USA and are now in Finland, having played their first show of this tour in Seinajoki. The show in Tampere, which hits the stage on 27th September is now sold out! It will take place at the Pakkahuone venue which is used for music shows as well as theatre and exhibitions, with a capacity for 1200 people. Past metal acts appearing onstage there include Motorhead andBlack Sabbath.

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The next show will take the crowd by storm tomorrow, Friday 26th September in Tornio. For more details see here. Check out the full list of tour dates at this location.

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