Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

gdazegod
12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2012 Articles » Accept - 2012 Stalingrad
 
Accept - 2012 Stalingrad



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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.acceptworldwide.com


Background
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.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Accept 
 
Comments
#1 | dangerzone on May 01 2012 13:57:53
YouTube Video:
#2 | dangerzone on May 01 2012 14:01:54
YouTube Video:
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 100% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
Ange - 1983 La Gare De Troyes, Partner - 1978 A Man-Size Job Requires A Man- Size Meal, Vain - 1989 No Respect, Chemay, Joe (Band) - 1981 The Riper The Finer, Beggars Opera - 1980 Lifeline, Crimson Rain - 2003 Passion And Pain, Parsons, Alan (Project) - 1977 I Robot, Dakota - 1984 Runaway, Oxygen - 2012 Final Warning, Queen - 1980 The Game, Optimystical - 2009 Distant Encounters, Sons Of Servants - 2001 Slang Melody, Black Sabbath - 1970 Paranoid, Damon, Jesse - 2002 Interview, Miss Behaviour - 2014 Double Agent
Tags©
Kanary Average White Band Thin Lizzy Kha Love Chapter Band Dan Seals The Cadillac Black Ulysses Fairchild Wounded Bird Rick Medlocke Blackfoot Jono Magnus Karlssons Freefall At Vance Michael Riesenbeck Stormburst Charlotte (USA) Ya Ya Saga Harlow Heartbanger Phantoms Opera Various Artists Firefall Keel Virginia Wolf Rock Candy Records Charlie Steve Stevens Rock Candy Records Spina and Sullivan Anthrax Styx
All Tags
Search DDG