Artist: Accept 
   Title: Stalingrad
   Label: Nuclear Blast Records

When it comes to Metal titans they don’t come much bigger than Germany’s Accept.  A band that has been around since the early 70’s and despite the varying line-up changes over the years, it's in 2012 that the band return in all their Metal glory with their latest album ‘Stalingrad’.

The band led by the guitars Wolf Hoffmann and Herman Franks, the bass of Peter Baltes, the drumming of Stefan Schwarz and the mighty vocals of Mark Tornillo are back and back with all the venom and riff laden might that you associate with the Accept name.

From the opening barrage of ‘Hung Drawn and Quartered’ it's clear Accept are firing on all cylinders and really mean business, with Tornillo unleashing razor sharp vocals from the off.  Any doubts about whether he was the man for the job are surely put to rest and having seen them live at this years PPM Festival in Mons Belgium, I can assure you the might atom delivers in the live arena as well as he does on this album.

With the title track 'Stalingrad' you can almost taste the metal in the air, with Hoffman and Herman sharing the guitar duties like six string assassins, cutting the air with licks thick and fast in true Accept style.

But its' Tornillo that really shines on this album, the similarities to one Mr Dirkscheider are unmistakable, but this is only the start.  He has a presence that matches his might and is brought the forefront once more on the storming Metal assault that is ‘Flash To Bang Time’ and the rampaging 'The Quick and the Dead’.  But he isn't just a metal singer, he can bring it down a notch or two when needed and does to great affect on haunting melody rich ‘Shadow Soldiers’ and the excellent ‘Twist Of Fate’.  The album closes in epic style with the seven minute plus anthemic metal of ‘Galley’, which closes out one of the best Accept albums in recent history and equals the might 'Restless And Wild'.  I am sure this album will soon become a firm fan favourite.

Review by: Barry McMinn

Tracklisting:

1. Hung, Drawn and Quartered
2. Stalingrad
3. Hellfire
4. Flash to Bang Time
5. Shadow Soldiers
6. Revolution
7. Against The World
8. Twist of Fate
9. The Quick and The Dead
10. Never Forget
11. The Gallery

                   

 

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