Stampede Dying Breed Dark Side Of My Heart Fall Of The Empire Trail Of Tears Wanna Be Free 200 Years Bloodbath Mastermind From The Ashes We Rise The Curse Final Journey
Accept have been on a roll since reforming once again in 2009 with current singer Mark Tornillo and releasing their epic comeback masterpiece Blood Of The Nations (2010) and the follow-up Stalingrad (2012). It's now 2014, and the band are armed with another slab of total heavy metal goodness entitled Blind Rage. Absolutely jam packed with the classic ferocity, melodicism, and the signature anthemic choir chants and gang vocals, and using Andy Sneap as producer once again also seems to be working, so there's no need to fix it. Even without Udo Dirkschneider, the rejuvenated Accept sounds just as strong as ever, and Udo is just as strong with his band. Let's get into the album.
Nothing sets an album up more beautifully than the eerie intro in "Stampede" that slowly builds up like a volcano getting ready to erupt, and explodes into a classic Accept assault of sledgehammer riffs and Mark Tornillo's Udo-esque vocals. You can just imagine that chaos that would ensue when this track is played live. One track that will undoubtedly bring up the energy level in a live setting would be "Fall Of The Empire", with it's stomping battle march vibe. While Accept haven't focused on experimentation on Blind Rage and the previous two albums, the diversity is one of the key elements that makes Blind Rage stand out, aside from the brilliant performances.
Everyone has their moment to shine. Mark Tornillo's piercing voice, Wolf Hoffmann and Herman Frank's guitar wizardry, and the contained thunder of Peter Baltes and Stefan Schwarzmann are all at the centerpiece of this album. For fans of speed, you will find exactly what you seek on tracks like "Trail Of Tears", "200 Years", "Bloodbath Mastermind" and "Final Journey". For any band, memorability is key, and the track "From The Ashes We Rise" contains one of Accept's most memorable choruses, and it will proudly sit alongside the memorable choruses of "Balls To The Wall", "Losers & Winners", "Too High To Get It Right", "Fast As A Shark" and "Teutonic Terror". "Final Journey" closes the album off with one final round of classic ferocity and speed, which will leave fans satisfied to the very fullest.
There is not one track on this album that screams "suck". Making each track hold a uniqueness can be a pretty difficult task sometimes, especially for bands that have been in the game for 30+ years and usually sticking to one formula, but Accept is one of those bands that definitely knows how to keep their music sounding fresh and keep on impressing. Whether you are an Accept fan since the beginning, or a newbie, there is so much on here that will satisfy both groups of fans.
Accept can do absolutely no wrong. There's a lot of bands that try and recapture their classic sound and mix it with a modern touch, but don't quite hit the bulls-eye sometimes, but with Accept's recent albums (Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad and Blind Rage), they always recaptured their classic sound and incorporated a modern touch, and always hit the bulls-eye. This is an album that will be talked about for years to come, and I mean that in the good way.
Highs: This is classic heavy metal done to perfection. Standout tracks include "Stampede", "Dying Breed", "200 Years", "From The Ashes We Rise" and "Final Journey".
Lows: Absolutely none
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