ACCEPT were surely the biggest international surprise of the last 24 months in the hard rock and metal business. After a lengthy absence, the band returned to the heavy metal oligarchy with the stellar and highly acclaimed Blood of the Nations album, a collection of new ACCEPT classics that has gripped the media, concert promoters and fans all over the world by their proverbial balls. Blood of the Nations charted worldwide, including peaking at #4 in Germany and #11 in Europe. ACCEPT received press coverage from most international mass media outlets like CNN, BBC and of course all major metal publications. Blood of the Nations won many awards as it was ranked “Album of the Year” more than 50 times, making it the most successful recording by the band in its already celebrated history.
ACCEPT also spent the last 2 years touring worldwide, appearing on stages in front of a million metal fans around the globe with more than 180 heart stopping shows in Europe, the US, Central & South America and Asia.
ACCEPT are now ready to announce their return to the stage, starting in Paris in April 2012. Fans can look forward to more of the elaborate, commanding and polished live excitement – no pain, no gain, no mercy… that is ACCEPT’s motto! As always, the battles will be won on stage with ACCEPT’s ultimate live performances and a sweaty, enthused audience by their side. They take no prisoners!
The confirmed tour dates for April 2012, presented by Rock Hard, Blast, iMusic1, Piranha, Musix & Noizeletter:
Following the tremendous success of the current ACCEPT album Blood Of the Nations, as well as an extensive world tour with more than 180 shows around the globe, ACCEPT have now withdrawn from the stage to start work on their next album.
The band is currently writing new songs to the follow-up for the critically acclaimed Blood Of the Nations. The new album is scheduled to be finished and released in the spring of 2012 and will once again be produced by Andy Sneap.
Guitarist Wolf Hoffman is quick to comment, “ACCEPT and Andy Sneap have the perfect synergy. This was so clear with Blood Of The Nations and we are excited to continue on that path. Andy is not only an amazing and prolific producer but also a very good friend who has long become a member of the ACCEPT family.”
Berlin: Renowned European Hard Rock Magazine Metal Hammer held their highly anticipated Annual Award Show during the weeklong celebrations within the Berlin Music Week. ACCEPT travelled in all the way from the USA to receive the coveted award for “Best Metal Anthem” for the song “Teutonic Terror”. This admired track comes off the band’s most successful album to date – the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed Blood Of the Nations. The album was praised more than 50 times as “Album of the Year” or “Album of the Month” by most leading international media outlets.
ACCEPT express tremendous appreciation and thank all of their many fans and the international press for the unbelievable support they received since they announced their return to the metal stage. All this fantastic support has profoundly contributed to the awesome success of the album and the recently completed sold-out world tour.
ACCEPT’s Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes celebrate their Metal Hammer Award in Berlin!
Let Me Hear You Scream Sweden Rockkkk.Well the annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal Rules.com team is already into it’s 11th year! The 2011 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock in the line-up. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide and the ticket price had risen a little bit. ver these 11 years of coverage, it has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather once again showed positive and negative aspects like in 2010. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die!!!
Sauna Open Air Festival 2011, 9th-11th June Tampere, Finland
Review by Luxi Lahtinen, live pictures by Luxi Lahtinen & Terhi Pihlaja
The 8th Sauna Open Air festival was celebrated in a very sunny and warm weather, unlike in some other years – and this year the festival also broke their own record, welcoming as many as 26,000 people within the three days.
The SOA festival has truly found an important place among the other Finnish summer festivals, concentrating mostly on old-school Heavy/Thrash Metal and Hard Rock bands – and turning the festival around for the past 3-4 years or so, by booking many internationally big names for the three-day Metal feasts; from Kiss to Megadeth to Dio to Whitesnake to Scorpions to Type O Negatíve – and the list goes on.
This year, the festival organizers had very special grins – wider than ever before, spread all over their faces – and for some very good reasons. Two of the biggest headliners, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest, arrived at SOA for the first time, with bands like Saxon, Accept, Doro, Cavalera Conspiracy, Joey Belladonna and many others proving to be good company to them.
Read on – the following article is based on the seven most interesting and musically satisfying bands of this year’s festival from your truly point of view.
The long-awaited video for the track “Pandemic” by German heavy metal juggernauts ACCEPT is now available for viewing at this location. The video was directed by Dave Blass and produced by Doug Jeffery for Grid 41.
“Pandemic” comes off ACCEPT’s comeback & twelfth full-length studio album, Blood Of The Nations, which has sold 23,500 copies in the U.S. since its release in September, 2010 according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and debuted as the #25 Rock Album on iTunes and at #187 on The Billboard 200 chart, #170 on the Top Current Albums chart, and on the #41 Independent Albums chart. In Canada, the album debuted at #53 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart. In Europe, Blood Of The Nations entered the German album charts at #4 – the highest German chart entry in the band’s career – and debuted at #12 on the Billboard European chart with the following additional worldwide chart entries: #7 in Sweden; #7 in Hungary; #9 in Finland; #19 in Austria; and #27 in the Czech Republic.
On May 8th, 2010 – four months before their comeback album was due for release – the reunited ACCEPT hit the stage for the first time in over a decade at their sold-out show at the Gramercy Theater in New York City. What New York fans witnessed was history. Via their subsequent vicious assault upon the world, ACCEPT have seized stages in Russia, Poland, Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, England, Spain, Brazil, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Istanbul, Bucharest, France, Belgium, Japan, Canada, and everywhere in-between.
The video for ACCEPT’s first single, “Teutonic Terror,” ranked #1 on the MySpace “All Genre” Video charts and was responsible for crashing the social media giant Twitter, garnering mainstream media coverage in the Financial Times, BBC World, CNN, and the New York Times, among others.
ACCEPT went on to receive two Metal Hammer Awards nominations and a nomination for Revolver’s 2011 Golden God “Comeback of the Year” Award. Blood Of The Nations was also voted “Best Album of the Year” by VH1’s “That Metal Show.” Click here for a list of “Album of the Year” accolades for Blood Of The Nations since ACCEPT’s triumphant comeback.
ACCEPT are Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
ACCEPT had their first sold out show in South America in their entire career! Fans in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru & Chile went wild, but Argentina and Brazil went crazy. What a great 2011 tour it has been. Europe, North America, South America and a few more festivals and shows this summer. Way to go – ACCEPT!
At 03.06., the European shows starts with the first show at Metalfest in Pilzen/ Czech Republic.
ACCEPT guitarist Herman Frank fell backward onstage halfway through the band’s’ concert Friday night at Backstage Live in San Antonio. Frank played the remainder of the show, but the reformed German metal legends were forced to play as a four-piece during their concert in Houston, Texas the following night (Saturday, May 7th).
“Unfortunately, Herman had an accident during last night’s show in San Antonio,” Accept bassist Peter Baltes stated online. “He tripped and landed hard on his back. Even though he managed to finish the show, his pain became unbearable as we arrived in Houston (for the band’s final night of the American portion of its tour). He was taken to the emergency room, where the doctors discovered four broken ribs and a punctured lung. He will remain at the hospital for now. Considering his condition, his spirit is great, and we all need to give our support to him as he recovers from his injuries. In the meantime, the band will continue the tour, and Herman will rejoin us as soon as he is all healed up and good to go.”
The annual Finnish Metal Expo was arranged in the old ancient Cable Factory in the heart of Helsinki. Even though the winter wind was blowing in cold from the open sea, thousands of metalheads were crawling to the FME event. Once again the roster of the FME event offered plenty of interesting names. The purpose of the event is to offer a good chance for young and talented Finnish bands to perform in front of a critical metal audience. Besides new talented bands, known and classic names were at present at FME. The Metal-Rules.com squad was, as usual, at the annual Finnish Metal Expo to feel what’s up in the air of the metal world.
The day after their performance in Philadelphia at The Trocadero on April 14th, reformed heavy metal legends ACCEPT will take part in a signing session at Oxford Valley’s Best Buy (just outside of Philadelphia) on Friday, April 15th from 4 – 5:30 p.m. The store’s address is 310 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, 19030.
ACCEPT’s second headlining North American tour launches April 9th in Orlando. Support comes from Sweden’s SABATON. Confirmed tour dates are:
04/09/11 THE CLUB AT FIRESTONE – ORLANDO, FL
04/10/11 CULTURE ROOM – FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
04/13/11 JAXX – WEST SPRINGFIELD, VA
04/14/11 THE TROCADERO – PHILADELPHIA, PA
04/16/11 BEST BUY THEATER – NEW YORK, NY ***ONE-OFF; OVERKILL HEADLINING***
04/17/11 CLUB SODA – MONTREAL, QC – CANADA
04/18/11 IMPERIAL DE QUEBEC – QUEBEC CITY, QC – CANADA
04/20/11 MOD CLUB – TORONTO, ON – CANADA
04/21/11 BLONDIE’S – DETROIT, MI
04/22/11 BOTTOM LOUNGE – CHICAGO, IL
04/23/11 MESA RIVERVIEW – PHOENIX, AZ
04/24/11 BLUE BIRD THEATER – DENVER, CO
04/26/11 EL CORAZON – SEATTLE, WA
04/27/11 PETER’S ROOM – PORTLAND, OR
04/28/11 GRAND BALLROOM AT THE REGENCY – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
04/30/11 HOUSE OF BLUES – SAN DIEGO, CA
05/01/11 GALAXY THEATRE – SANTA ANA, CA
05/02/11 VENTURA THEATER – VENTURA, CA
05/04/11 CLUB VEGAS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
05/06/11 BACKSTAGE LIVE – SAN ANTONIO, TX
05/07/11 SCOUT BAR – HOUSTON, TX
According to Nielsen Soundscan, ACCEPT’s twelfth full-length studio album Blood Of The Nations has sold over 20,600 copies in the U.S. since its release in September, 2010. Click here to read all the “Album of the Year” accolades the album has garnished since ACCEPT’s triumphant comeback.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and debuted as the #25 Rock Album on iTunes and at #187 on The Billboard 200 chart, #170 on the Top Current Albums chart, and on the #41 Independent (Current) Albums chart. In Canada, the album debuted at #53 on the Nielsen Soundscan Top Hard Albums chart. In Europe, Blood Of The Nations entered the German album charts at #4 – the highest German chart entry in the band’s career – and debuted at #12 on the Billboard European chart with the following additional worldwide chart entries: #7 in Sweden; #7 in Hungary; #9 in Finland; #19 in Austria; and #27 in the Czech Republic.
View the video for “Teutonic Terror” – directed and produced by Dave Blass for Grid 41 – here. View the 2-minute behind-the-scenes video here.
ACCEPT’s 2010 line-up includes Wolf Hoffmann on guitar, Peter Baltes on bass, Stefan Schwarzmann on drums, Herman Frank on guitar and Mark Tornillo on vocals.
The legends who put German heavy metal – as opposed to hard rock – on the world map. Accept released their modest debut in 1979, and broke through in 1981 with the “Breaker”-album and a praised tour with Judas Priest. Subsequent releases like “Restless and Wild” (1982) and “Balls of the Wall” (1983) officially elevated Accept to the echelons of metal. Essential factors were the ultra-heavy sound, the classically inspired guitar playing and, not least, Udo Dirkschneider – equally original as a singer and a front man.
In 1987, Udo left Accept to create U.D.O. He returned to Accept in 1992-96, after which the band dissolved. 2005 saw a temporary comeback, including an appearance at SRF, but Udo was adamant that if Accept wanted to make a full-scale comeback, they would have to do it without him. This they did. In 2010, Accept released their first album with their new American vocalist Mark Tornillo (ex-TT Quick), “Blood of the Nations”. The record was a great success, and Accept now return to SRF as a band in triumph.
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CONFIRMED DATES FOR SOME OF THE BANDS:
Wednesday june 8
Hardcore Superstar – Five Horse Johnson – Crashdïet – Seventribe
Thursday june 9
Judas Priest – The Cult – Thin Lizzy – Joan Jett – Morbid Angel – Buckcherry – Clutch – FM – Moonspell – The Damned – Dan Reed – Groundhogs
Friday june 10
Whitesnake – Rob Zombie – Helloween – Mr Big – Down – Iced Earth – Overkill – Jason & The Scorchers – The Brew
Saturday june 11
Ozzy Osbourne – Saxon – Styx – Kansas – Molly Hatchet – Hawkwind – Lee Aaron – Walter Trout – Electric Wizard – Rage (Acoustic)
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Judas Priest – last show ever in Sweden
Whitesnake – with very special guests
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Thin Lizzy Helloween
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Five Horse Johnson
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
Even now, almost a year since the band’s incredible first live comeback appearance in New York’s sold-out Gramercy Theater, astonishing success stories keep pouring in day after day. Just last week, ACCEPT kicked off their massive “Blood Of The Nations 2011 Tour” of Europe. They announced shows in the USA, Canada and Russia and by now have set a clear signal that ACCEPT are back mightier than ever!
The shows in Osnabrueck, Bad Arolsen, Antwerp and Paris were packed with passionate metal-loving fans. Advance ticket sales for Paris indicate a sold-out house. Russia has been bellowing for tickets to the five coveted March dates. The two-hour plus performance pummels the fans with classics like “Balls To The Wall”, “Metal Heart” and the immortal “Princess Of The Dawn”, completed with the pedal to the metal bombast of their new hits “Teutonic Terror”, “The Abyss” and “Pandemic”.
The entire “Blood Of The Nations 2011 Tour” will involve over 80 mind-blowing concerts around the globe. Today, ACCEPT are proud to announce another batch of shows. They just confirmed dates for Central and South America are as follows (links to tickets on the TOUR page):
08.05.2011 MEXICO / Mexico City – Circo Volador
10.05.2011 BOLIVIA / La Paz – TBD
11.05.2011 PERU / Lima – Barranco Bar
13.05.2011 CHILE / Santiago – Teatro Novedades
14.05.2011 ARGENTINA / Buenos Aires – El Teatro Flores
Friday, January 14th 2011 marks the start of ACCEPT’s long anticipated “Blood Of The Nations” world tour. The new tour is named after the band’s highly successful and critically praised comeback album “Blood Of the Nations” and includes shows in 24 countries around Europe, North America, Canada, Latin and South America. This mammoth 80-show trek marathon commences tonight in Osnabrück, Germany at the Gartlage Hall.
ACCEPT have crisscrossed the globe with little interruption since May of 2010. By the time June 2011 and the final shows of this tour come around, ACCEPT will have played more than 120 shows over 12 months, elevating their status as one of Germany’s most relevant and important rock exports. There have already been numerous high-points along the way: The blistering stadium shows supporting AC/DC in Hannover and Stuttgart, their headliner appearances at the Sonisphere Festivals in Bucharest and Istanbul, the spectacular “secret” guest spot at the Rock Hard Festival 2010, not the least their scorching performance at Japan’s largest indoor festival Loudpark 2010 in Tokyo. Throughout all these shows, ACCEPT have once again confirmed to their large army of fans that they are indeed one of the most productive and dominant live metal acts on the international hard rock scene.
The best-selling album “Blood Of The Nations” has concluded 2010 by receiving the proud designation of “Album of the Year” in most leading rock media outlets in the States, Canada, South America and many European territories. With this colossal success, ACCEPT have quickly bridged their 17 year long recording inactivity with amazing simplicity and have given their old and new fans the most successful comeback in metal history. The live shows offered by the prolific line-up of Wolf Hoffmann, Mark Tornillo, Peter Baltes, Hermann Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann will offer an explosive mix of legendary classics like “Balls To the Wall” and “Metal Heart” mixed in with new hard rock highlights like the sensational “Teutonic Terror”, the hard hitting “Pandemic” and the colossal “The Abyss”. It is a spectacle not to be missed!
Rejuvenated German heavy metal legends, ACCEPT, took the #1 spot Metal-Rules.com’s annual best of list. The album easily took the top position beating out their fellow countrymen, Blind Guardian, who took the #2 position in the chart.
Best Metal Album of 2010: Accept - BLOOD OF THE NATIONS
BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is Accept’s 12th studio album. It’s been a very long time since their previous release – 1996’s PREDATOR. Since then, the band has undergone a few changes, the biggest being in the lead singer department. Former T.T. Quick front-man Mark Tornillo has taken over the reigns from Udo Dirkschneider and is filling his combat boots rather well.
Hopefully this line-up has a few years in them and can build upon the greatness of the pure heavy metal found on BLOOD OF THE NATIONS!
As always, the top albums are for releases from 2010 that are full albums (no EP’s or demos). They also have to be new studio albums for 2010, not re-recordings, re-releases, cover songs, or live material. Below the combined TOP 30 are links to each staff members personal "best of" lists which besides the top albums contains such things as best new band, best DVD/Blu-Ray, disappointments of 2010, greatest hopes for 2011, personal metal discovery of 2010, and various other metal-related categories. Enjoy!
The Top 30 Heavy Metal Albums of 2010
(Click the album cover to read our review.
If no review is available the link it to the band’s MySpace page.)
1. Accept – Blood of the Nations
Wolf Hoffman’s reaction to the band’s #1 placement in our list was:
"Sensational!!! We are so happy about this reaction by the fans. This last year has been nothing short of phenomenal for Accept."
BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album, so fantastic that it very easily came out on top when we compiled our best of 2010 list! In the media, producer Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept have delivered the album they needed to make. Accept reformed with a vocalist who is just as good as Udo Dirkschneider. Vocalist Mark Tornillo rages through the songs with power and charisma, without being a clone. Accept have proven to the world in 2010 they are still relevant, powerful, uncompromising and most of all entertaining. Welcome back!
2. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time
Easily the best and strongest Blind Guardian album since NIGHTFALL IN MIDDLE-EARTH with a maximum of variety and everything that has turned these guys from Krefeld into what they are today: one of Germany’s most successful and influential metal bands. With AT THE EDGE OF TIME, Blind Guardian returned to the fold in total triumph. This is an album to be enjoyed for numerous repeat listens. Newer fans should eat it up, and older fans should be appeased with the band’s renewed emphasis on their thrashy roots.
3. Ratt– Infestation
Ratt is Metal. Always have been and likely always will be. From their appearance on the very first Metal Massacre compilation in 1981 alongside the likes of Metallica, Malice, and Bitch, to the new 2010 album, Ratt have always been among the heaviest of the so-called "hair metal" bands. So despite what the revisionists may think, Ratt have a firm spot in the development and evolution of the Heavy Metal genre and have earned their spot in this year’s list. Sonically the Ratt Pack is back! The band had stated they wanted a real up-tempo record and distinctly aimed for the classic sound. They nailed it. It’s all there, the swagger and slight sneer of Pearcy voice, the fluid and fiery soloing of DeMartini’s axe-work, the complimentary work of Cavazo…it’s a beautiful thing to behold!
4. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
Thomas Gabriel Fischer (AKA Tom G. Warrior) has nothing to prove to anyone. As the principal architect behind Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, Fischer’s body of work is the reason that many bands exist today. Two years since Celtic Frost’s very public dissolution, Fischer could have easily opted to rest on his laurels and bask in the afterglow of his evil legacy, but nooooo. To the contrary, Fischer has assembled a new band and recorded an album of new material that’s arguably some of the best in his career. Triptykon is the band, EPARISTERA DAIMONES is the album, and yes – it’s as good as Fischer has promised it to be!
5. Melechesh – The Epigenesis
Black/Death/Middle Eastern "Mesopotamian Metal" extremists made a big impact this year. Originally from IsraHELL and now based out of the Netherlands, the band has been around in some form since 1993. That Melechesh are able to maintain the album’s early momentum through to the record’s dying moments makes what they have achieved with THE EPIGENESIS that much more remarkable. Unlike so much of what passes for modern-day extremity, every one of this disc’s eleven tracks bristles with its own identity and design. It will demand a lot of attention – this definitely isn’t the record to whip out at your next kegger – but the rewards far outweigh the investment. Absolutely superb in every way.
6. Helloween – 7 Sinners
Helloween are very comfortable right now. They are back on a major label, the line-up has been stable for probably the longest stretch in the bands history, and they have fallen into a great pattern of releasing a studio album every couple of years (right around Halloween naturally). Relaxed, confident and mature the band have nothing to prove but instead of delivering a complacent record, the band have delivered the fastest, heaviest album of their career. It’s their 26th release over and 13th full-length studio album of all-new, original material. Lucky #13 for the band sees a crowning achievement with 13 killer cuts spread across the hour. Helloween have delivered a masterpiece. It will quickly silence all the fans who couldn’t stomach UNARMED from earlier this year.
7. OverKill – Ironbound
The veteran New Jersey boys return with a compelling slab of unmistakeably old school thrash that is tinged with a fine mix of groove, progressiveness and melody that separates Overkill from the multitudes of carbon-copy thrashers out there. This is modern thrash the way it should be played: roots in the 80s but with its direction and ambition befitting a metal scene on the cusp of its 30-year anniversary. It’s a beautiful thing to behold: while most of their contemporaries have split up or sold out, Overkill are still doing their thing, updating and improving but never forgetting where they came from.
8. Nevermore – The Obsidian Conspiracy
Five years – that’s how long Nevermore made us wait for a sequel to the still awe-inspiring THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOUR. By modern-day standards that’s an absolute eternity, the length of which only the likes of Slayer or Metallica could reasonably be expected to get away with. Regardless of delay, the album is a perfect example of heavy metal in its purest, most intelligent and provocative form. As always the band defies classification with elements of power, thrash, prog, blended together into a mixture that is uniquely Nevermore.
9. Sabaton – Coat of Arms
Sweden’s war metallers, Sabaton, have been consistently moving to the forefront of the power metal movement in the last few years. COAT OF ARMS continues Sabaton’s fine tradition of power metal with bite. The band is in fine form throughout and do not disappoint. You listen to a Sabaton album for the pounding marches (“Uprising”) the fast assaults (“Midway”, “Screaming Eagles”), and the catchy hooks and choruses (every damn song!) and COAT OF ARMS has it all!
10. Halford – IV – Made of Metal
Finally! Halford was really overdue. Despite having a skeleton of a catalog, Halford really needed to put some meat on the bones of his solo career. MADE OF METAL is really only the third studio album of all new material in over 10 years. Sure the catalog looks impressive but in reality, live albums, demo albums, EP’s, digital only live albums and novelty Christmas albums are just filler. Halford needed to deliver the goods and we’re pleased to say he is still made of Metal. The album clocks in at a whopping 14 tracks at over an hour it is his longest solo album to date.
Number 11 to 20
11. Crazy Lixx – New Religion
12. Iron Maiden – The Final Frontier
13. Scorpions – Sting In The Tail
14. Immolation – Majesty and Decay
15. Avantasia – The Wicked Symphony / Angel Of Babylon