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Accept - 2017 Restless And Live (Blind Rage - Live In Europe 2015)

ARTIST: Accept
ALBUM: Restless And Live (Blind Rage - Live In Europe 2015)
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: NB 3167-2
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Mark Tornillo - vocals * Wolf Hoffmann - guitar * Uwe Lulis - guitar * Peter Baltes - bass * Christopher Williams - drums


Disc 1: 01 Stampede * 02 Stalingrad * 03 Hellfire * 04 London Leatherboys * 05 Living For Tonite * 06 200 Years * 07 Demon's Night * 08 Dying Breed * 09 Final Journey * 10 From The Ashes We Rise * 11 Losers And Winners * 12 No Shelter * 13 Shadow Soldiers

Disc 2: 14 Midnight Mover * 15 Starlight * 16 Restless And Wild * 17 Son Of A Bitch * 18 Pandemic * 19 Dark Side Of My Heart * 20 The Curse * 21 Flash Rocking Man * 22 Bulletproof * 23 Fall Of The Empire * 24 Fast As A Shark * 25 Metal Heart * 26 Teutonic Terror * 27 Balls To The Wall


WEBLINKS: www.acceptworldwide.com

For a band four decades into their existence, Accept haven't released a slew of live albums in that time, with just two proper live recordings to their name and assorted live DVD's and EP's thrown in also. With this in mind the band obviously thought the time was right to unleash a 27 track, two-disc live document on the world, showcasing the bands history, with a lot of emphasis on the Mark Tornillo years. The critic in me wonders if the band is hard up for ideas, with the bands last album 'Blind Rage' already 3 years ago, a real disappointment then and now. One also has to ponder the relevance of a double live album in 2017, after all isn't the music industry dying? Who still buys stuff like this? I'm sure there's still plenty of Accept devotees willing to gobble up anything the band puts out, but it boggles my brain trying to comprehend there's people still wanting to hear the umpteenth version of 'Balls To The Wall'. Is anyone really making money off these albums? Regardless this avalanche of live Accept should satisfy the rabid fan with its variation of tracks, but really it just seems pointless.

The Songs
The tracks on offer were recorded around Europe in 2015, with the revamped lineup featuring hired guns Uwe Lulis and Christopher Williams, who replaced Hermann Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann respectively. This further dilution of Accept's more established lineup hurts them to some degree, but in 2017 I'm not sure who's still keeping count or even cares. 9 of the 14 tracks on Disc 1 are Tornillo era tracks, taking in moments from all three albums of the past decade. They're played competently as you'd expect, but add nothing to the studio versions. Some of the selections are baffling, with dull cuts like 'Stalingrad', '200 Years', 'Final Journey' and 'From The Ashes We Rise' ensuring a rapid cure for insomnia. Vintage Accept is represented by the tried and true 'London Leatherboys' and 'Midnight Mover' which surely kept the aging metalheads in the crowd satisfied. Disc 2 is heavier on the Udo era, with the predictable inclusion of 'Balls To The Wall' 'Fast As A Shark' 'Flash Rockin' Man' and 'Metal Heart' among others. Other tracks like 'Fall Of The Empire' and 'The Curse' are boring beyond belief and I imagine the crowd were gathering for a piss during these plodding metal 'epics'. Off the top of my head I can't even remember what album these tracks are off. 'Stalingrad' or 'Blind Rage'? It's irrelevant really, both paling compared to 'Starlight' or 'Restless And Wild'. Tornillo had a promising start with 'Blood Of The Nations' in 2010, but the band seems to have regressed since then, missing Udo more than Hoffmann would ever admit. The production is clean, with the crowd buried in the mix often, the band sounding like they're playing to an empty hall until the crowd spontaneously erupt at the end of each song. Given the rapturous response given to clunkers like 'Shadow Soldiers' and 'Dying Breed' it's easy to ask if this was recorded in the studio.

In Summary
There's really no way to recommend this exercise in excess. Surely two disc live affairs went out before the turn of the century. I'm trying to imagine someone listening to this thinking it's the pinnacle of the bands career, an essential listen which redefines the bands legend. I'm sure nobody is that delusional, but as stated previously you're better off listening to the original versions. The rare live albums that had any worth always offered something different, whereas most just go through the motions. This shows the band is still viable live, but that's about it. Strictly for completest types or Accept voyeurs.

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#1 | melodiapositiva on January 31 2017 16:44:56
Staying a life is the definitive Accept live album, with the original band and a perfect sound.I'm agree that since Blood of the nation Accept haven't done anything interesting.
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