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’.
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.
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.
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
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
Hung, Drawn and Quartered
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