THE METAL HEART BEATS ONCE AGAIN
For anyone that has not yet discovered the “new” Accept you are seriously missing out!! Maybe you were unaware that they were back or you by-passed the disc thinking it was just another lack-lustre offering from a band struggling to regain their days of glory. Pay attention!!
Long time band members, Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes along with Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann have recruited the talents of Mark Tornillo (formerly of T.T. Quick) to step into vocal duties left vacant by Udo Dirkschneider. They unleashed Blood of the Nations in 2010, their first recording of new material in fourteen years, to an incredibly positive reception from critics and fans the world over. Andy Sneap (having worked previously with bands like Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Testament and Onslaught) was at the helm for this reformed incarnation’s premiere work of art, steering them to their highest charting album to date. In Canada Blood of the Nations debuted at #53 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart.
Although new singer Mark Tornillo's raspy tones easily handle the classic Accept compositions and he does not sound all that far removed from Udo Dirkschneider, I was extremely disappointed in the misleading tour name and still long to see my German heroes in the full on headlining concert that they deserve.
Accept has managed to stay true to their roots while at the same time re-inventing themselves with these two newest releases and I highly recommend you give them a listen, especially Blood of the Nations!
Udo is fresh off a headlining performance at Wacken Music Fest in Germany (which was broadcast as a livestream on Thursday August 2nd) and has recently released his fourteenth CD entitled Celebrator on May 4th, 2012 with DVD/CD package Live in Sofia due out September 28th, 2012.