Written by Alex Stojanovic
Die By The Sword
Restless & Wild
Night On Bald Mountain
Romeo & Juliet
Double Cello Concerto In G Minor
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor
Princess Of The Dawn
Dark Side Of My Heart
Fast As A Shark
Balls To The Wall
Release Date: November 23, 2018
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Mark Tornillo - Vocals / Wolf Hoffmann - Guitars & backing vocals / Peter Baltes - Bass & backing vocals
Christopher Williams - Drums / Uwe Lulis - Guitars
After hearing songs like "Princess Of The Dawn", "Shadow Soldiers", "Metal Heart" and "Teutonic Terror", I found that the orchestral accompaniment worked the best on the mid-tempo songs, as opposed to the faster tracks like "Fast As A Shark" and "Breaker". There were a couple of moments during the fast tracks where the orchestral elements did work, but not for the whole song. Another moment where the orchestral elements worked like a charm were during the sections where the crowd would chant the melodies, like in "Metal Heart" and "Princess Of The Dawn" in particular. The 8-minute rendition of "Balls To The Wall" was well done, although I wish the guitars and the orchestra played the main riff in unison. Not saying the song doesn't stand out as is, but if the song was done that way, then I think it would've stood out a bit more.
I don't review live albums all that much, but I do sometimes. The ones that have a long track listing like Symphonic Terror, which has 21 songs, tend to take more time to absorb. However, the album was a really enjoyable listen. Accept have announced a few shows in Germany where they will have orchestral accompaniment that will happen next year. In an interview I just did a few days ago with Wolf Hoffmann, he said that the band is talking about bringing the orchestral show to other countries, so keep your eyes and ears open for announcements in the future.
Highs: The orchestra enhances the songs even more.
Lows: The faster songs didn't entirely work as well with the orchestra
Final Rating: 8/10
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