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Accept - 2010 Blood Of The Nations

ARTIST: Accept
ALBUM: Blood Of The Nations
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: 46072
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Mark Tornillo - vocals * Wolf Hoffmann - guitar * Herman Frank - guitar * Peter Baltes - bass * Stefan Schwarzmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Beat The Bastards * 02 Teutonic Terror * 03 The Abyss * 04 Blood Of The Nations * 05 Shades Of Death * 06 Locked And Loaded * 07 Time Machine (bonus) * 08 Kill The Pain * 09 Rollin' Thunder * 10 Pandemic * 11 New World Comin' * 12 No Shelter * 13 Bucketful Of Hate



Ever since ex TT Quick vocalist Tornillo was announced as the new vocalist for Accept, this has been a highly anticipated release from the German metal legends. Granted replacing Udo has never been without its difficulties, see 1989's 'Eat the Heat', but on this occasion they've come out on top with Tornillo, who is as close to the perfect replacement as you could hope for. Musically the band is on form also, this far heavier and coherent than 90's efforts like 'Death Row' and 'Predator', with a return to the full on heavy metal sound which broke Accept in the early 80's.

The Songs
All the usual Accept characteristics are present, the massive chanted choruses, frantic dual riffing and some welcome quicker tracks. 'Beat The Bastards' is the perfect start, riff heavy and fast bringing the 80's to mind immediately, although there are heavy similarities to U.D.O.'s 'Don't Look Back' from 1988 melodically in the hook. 'Teutonic Terror' chugs along in galloping style and listening to Tornillo's piercing vocals makes it clear he was made for this gig. There's some epic tracks, 'The Abyss' and 'Shades Of Death' a couple, but unlike Iron Maiden there's no pondering, just straight ahead metal, the way it should be. As is the norm there's some near thrash tracks, 'Locked And Loaded' a prime example, sounding like a lost cut from 1993's 'Objection Overruled' with wild guitar work and shredding riffs. Tornillo reminds me of Paul Dianno on this one, a piece of vintage Accept. There's some more reserved moments, 'Kill The Pain' opening with acoustic guitars and orchestration, but this has been an Accept staple since day one and the end result is a palatable ballad of sorts. 'Rolling Thunder' is nothing of the sort as you might guess and is another fast track, with lyrics about hitting the road on motorbikes to an extent that makes Manowar look like a joke. The metallic overload continues with 'Pandemic' and I have to commend Hoffmann for rediscovering his 80's guitar tone, it gives this track a memorable feel, just like the whole album. Lyrics like 'pandemic, it's a metal disease ... give into the denim' show just where these guys feet were planted while recording this. 'No Shelter' shows the band have lost nothing since 'Restless And Wild' in terms of heaviness and listening to this track is like being in a timewarp: I thought it was 1989 for a minute, that's how authentic this is.

In Summary
In a year that's thrown up some tremendous comebacks by veteran acts, Accept have now joined the list and in convincing fashion. The choice of Tornillo couldn't be more justified and although I'd love to have heard Udo on these tracks, it doesn't really matter ultimately because Tornillo has the same range and equal effect. It's easy to criticize bands who keep sticking around seemingly for no reason, but Accept aren't one of them. This blows just about everyone out of the water.

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#1 | MUSCLE on August 28 2010 13:55:34
hot damn the boys lay waste to all metal pretenders on this smokin' effort. tornillo delivers the goods and then some. what a hard ass! guns
#2 | dangerzone on August 31 2010 02:48:46
This might be the best of 2010!
#3 | sabace on August 31 2010 15:15:19
the best accept lp since restless and wild . I did'nt miss
Udo at all . When metal is written and played like this it is just unbeatable! DANKE LADS!
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