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Accept - 2012 Stalingrad

ARTIST: Accept
ALBUM: Stalingrad
LABEL: Nuclear Blast, Universal Music (Japan)
SERIAL: NB 2846-2 * UICN-1010
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Mark Tornillo - vocals * Wolf Hoffmann - guitar * Peter Baltes - bass * Stefan Kauffmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hung, Drawn And Quartered * 02 Stalingrad * 03 Hellfire * 04 Flash To Bang Time * 05 Shadow Soldiers * 06 Revolution * 07 Against The World * 08 Twist Of Fate * 09 The Quick And The Dead * 10 The Galley



The overwhelming success of 2010's 'Blood Of The Nations' was perfect justification of the decision to enlist Mark Tornillo as Accept's new vocalist. His powerhouse performance ensured one of the heaviest albums of the bands career and for me it was the best of 2010. Trying to build on this, Accept has returned less than two years later with 'Stalingrad', having spent most the time in between touring. This is a wise move in my opinion, as the momentum is clearly there to be exploited. The end result is another classic metal outing from the German legends, their new lease on life so complete it's as if Udo never existed. The nature of 'Stalingrad' itself as a concept is gloriously dated and keeping with the best metal traditions. The notions of hardened Soviet Soldiers, communism, war and overall bleakness is readily apparent and although I'm not certain what the overall theme is, Accept are the right band to pull it off.

The Songs
Hoffmann's familiar riffs open the album, 'Hung, Drawn And Quartered' a traditional fast Accept track with every aspect present that has epitomized the band for the last 34 years. The title track is a slower six minute affair, but every bit as heavy, a veritable onslaught of riffs and screaming with a typically memorable chanted chorus, Accept's stock in trade. This is a galloping classic all the way, the band showing how an epic should be constructed. 'Hellfire' is the band at its toughest musically, menacing and snarling all the way through another almost six minute workout. As always there's a track or two verging on speed metal, with 'Flash To Bang Time' one of them. Tornillo owns this track, his vocals on another level, the man at the top of his game. This is total 80's in execution, with the band heavier than ever. 'Shadow Soldiers' nears ballad status initially, but is a haunting, chugging track which picks up in intensity as it progresses. 'Revolution' simply goes for broke, the same for 'Against The World', both true heavy metal in every sense of the term. 'Twist Of Fate' sounds like a Udo era track from the 1990's, but fresher with Tornillo belting out the vocals. The melodic chorus of 'The Quick And The Dead' is almost drowned out the wall of noise emitted by the bands clinical thrash approach, which suggests 'Fast As A Shark' was only last year in terms of heaviness. 'The Galley' is a seven minute journey, a suitable way to close the album in true epic style, a summation of the brilliance preceding it.

In Summary
Of all the veteran metal bands out there still plying their trade Accept are the pick of the bunch by a mile. In fact I'd go as far to say they're the best metal band in existence right now. High praise indeed, but the consistency of 'Stalingrad' is a notch above what most bands produce these days. There isn't a single song worth skipping and Tornillo has clearly inspired the band to new levels of enthusiasm and vigour. 'Stalingrad' is slightly better than 'Blood Of The Nations' overall in my opinion and should be considered alongside 'Restless And Wild' when ranking the bands best albums. Therefore there's a good chance 'Stalingrad' will be hovering around the top of my best of 2012 list at year's end.

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