We find the eleven song collection on Blind Rage starting strong out of the gates with the previously released in video format "Stampede". This is a perfect opener and follows suit of the rejuvenated formula we received on Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad. In "Dying Breed" we find Accept paying tribute to some classic bands such as Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin among others proclaiming "They're the last of a dying breed and we salute you". The slower, but still heavy pace of "Dark Side of My Heart" is reminiscent of old classic Accept. "Fall of the Empire" is again a slower composition with a chanting background chorus but certainly no ballad by any means. "Trail of Tears" picks up the pace once again starting out at a blistering pace while "Wanna Be Free" is a more mid-tempo selection leading off acoustically. Tornillo's gruff and gravelly vocals shine in "200 Years" and "Bloodbath Mastermind" begins slow and soft before exploding into one of the best on the album. "From the Ashes We Rise" takes us through to the absolutely awesome and longest running track, "The Curse", a sweeping epic of a track. Another melt your face off rocker closes this awesome effort in "Final Journey".
With only a couple of songs contained here under the five minute mark Accept have submitted a worthy edition to their catalog in Blind Rage. While perhaps just a smidge below (and I mean only just) its predecessors of Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad it's still an absolute must for any metal fan. Sort of like completing the trilogy of the original Star Wars movies.
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