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
Former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider recently recorded a Christmas song for the biggest European music and merchandise mailorder company EMP. Laid down at DocMaKlang studio in Osnabrück, Germany, the track “Jingle Balls” was written by various staff members of EMP and is a new interpretation of the Christmas song “Jingle Bells” and the ACCEPT anthem “Balls To The Wall”.
“Jingle Balls” has now been released under the band name EVIL DISPOSITION and is available from Musicload and Amazon. All proceeds will be donated to PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals).
U.D.O. will partner with EMP for a special promotion surrounding the release of the band’s next album, “Rev-Raptor”, which is tentatively due in May 2011. This special collaboration will consist of a countdown on EMP’s web site an entire week before the CD’s release, including a message from Udo and advance snippets of each of the songs from the new album.
The release date of “Rev-Raptor” was pushed back by a few months as a result of back problems experienced by guitarist Stefan Kaufmann, the same issue that forced him to quit playing drums for ACCEPT back in the day. Stefan recently received medical treatment for this condition and had recovered enough to have played with the band on November 6 at the Rock Antenne festival at Schwabenhalle in Augsburg.
As previously reported, 17 new songs were written for “Rev-Raptor”, with 11 of them set to appear on the final product.
U.D.O.’s last album, “Dominator”, entered the official chart in Germany at position No. 27. This marked the highest German chart entry in U.D.O.’s history.
Swedish power metal sextet SABATON will embark on their first-ever tour of North America as direct support to their labelmates and Germany’s legendary heavy metal band ACCEPT.
SABATON bassist Pär Sundström checks in all the way from the band’s rehearsal space in Sweden about next year’s trek:
“Finally, after years of waiting, we finally can announce that we now take the World War Tour across the ocean to the shores of America and Canada. We are excited to announce our first U.S. tour which will be together with German heavy metal legends ACCEPT!”
Confirmed tour dates for the ACCEPT & SABATON tour 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 with OVERKILL, who are 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
04/24/11 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
05/04/11 CLUB VEGAS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
05/06/11 DOS AMIGOS – ODESSA, TX
05/07/11 SCOUT BAR – HOUSTON, TX
Exclusive pre-sale tickets for the tour are available online at EnterTheVault.com through December 14th; afterwards, tickets will go on sale through all normal ticketing outlets.
SABATON are also confirmed for the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise January 24 – 28th, 2011. Visit the cruise’s official YouTube channel here.
SABATON’s fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, Coat Of Arms, debuted at #124 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #87 on the Top Hard Music chart. Worldwide first-week chart entries were as follows: Sweden #4; Poland #9; Finland #17; Germany #19; Switzerland #33 and Austria #71.
View the video for the track “Uprising” – “a powerful and emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw uprising in 1944″ – at this location. Filmed in Warsaw, Poland, “Uprising” was directed by Jacek Raginis (who is related to decorated WWII hero Wladyslav Raginis), features an appearance by Swedish actor Peter Stormare (“Prison Break,”, “8MM,” “Fargo”) as SS-Obergruppenführer von dem Bach, and was a collaborative work with the Warsaw Rising Museum, the “Radoslaw” Reenactment Group, the Wizna 1939 Association and Polish fans. It also features archival materials provided by Filmoteka Narodowa.
The “Making Of” video with English subtitles can be viewed here. Stills from the video shoot can be viewed here.
SABATON features Joakim Brodén on vocals, Oskar Montelius on guitars, Rikard Sundén on guitars, Pär Sundström on bass, Daniel Mullback on drums, and Daniel Mÿhr on keyboards.
Stockholm Rock Out is a new rock festival in Sweden which is now in its second year. When the first edition of the festival took place on May 1st it was almost disastrous because the giant volcano clouds forced most of the headliners to cancel their appearances but this time all measures worked well without any unexpected problems or last minute changes. By European standards, the band line up in Stockholm Rock Out was somewhat extravagant. The list included many great bands which haven’t been here in ages, like Keel and Tuff, and there were also some unique one off performances like the one with Great White w/ Paul Shortino on vocals and the farewell show of Zinny J. Zan. Like the organizers advertised, this festival is indeed organized for music lovers by music lovers.
It’s a rarity that a band manages to surprise so many in such a short time. Their new album Blood Of The Nations has not only received endless accolades and reviews across the globe, it has easily become a candidate for top hard rock album of the year 2010. ACCEPT have also become a hot topic of discussion among the metal cognoscenti with their amazing return to the metal stage. The “Big Bang” in the international charts was a logical conclusion!
Blood of the Nations earned the band their highest chart debuts in their history. This is not just another rock band, this is the German metal pioneers ACCEPT we are talking about, a band that has achieved world wide acclaim throughout their long history and has long become a leader in the German metal scene. This is a band that started out in the small town of Solingen and conquered the world! Their endless tours have crossed the planet, playing sold-out shows alongside such hard rock luminaries as AC/DC, Kiss, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Dio and Iron Maiden.
Let’s jump to the present:
Sensational success stories are arriving almost daily from all over the world over the last few months. ACCEPT was the main support for AC/DC in Germany, they headlined the Sonisphere Festival in Istanbul and Bucharest, achieved #1 at the MySpace “All Genre” Video Charts, reached the Top 25 in the US iTunes charts, #12 in the European Billboard and #35 worldwide. ACCEPT managed to crash Twitter and received press coverage in the pages of Financial Times, BBC World, CNN, NY Times, Spiegel… this incredible list can go on for pages!
Now that ACCEPT have completed their highly successful European warm-up tour and are finishing up a warm-up US Tour, they are ready for the next hammer announcement. After their October appearance at the prestigious 45,000 seat Loudpark Festival in Japan, ACCEPT can now confirm their extensive European Tour to start in early 2011!
The 28 announced dates in support of Blood of the Nations will span Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, France, Belgium, plus some planned shows for Russia and UK as well. ACCEPT is back and on the prowl!
Shockwaves Skull Sessions Episode #42: On this episode Skullsessions returning guests Monte Conner (VP of A&R for Roadrunner Records) and legendary Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, along with newcomer to the Skullsessions and thrash-metal drummer extraordinaire Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory/ Deathclock), join Skullsessions host Bob Nalbandian on this astounding and diverse conversation about modern-metal bands, the art of drumming and the use of dynamics, the metal music business of today, modern recording techniques vs. analog, the great John Bonham and much, much more! http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/news/Skull-Sessions-Podcast-42-Drummers-22151.aspx
Shockwaves/HardRadio podcast #47: On this episode host Bob Nalbandian interviews founding guitarist for the classic German heavy metal band ACCEPT, Wolf Hoffman. The two discuss the new ACCEPT album Blood of Nations and some great stories about the past. Also on this episode is a feature interview with legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward. Bill discusses his new projects, the new BLACK SABBATH Paranoid Classic Albums DVD and he also shares some fond memories of Ronnie James Dio.
AOL Music is sponsoring a Full CD Listening Party for ACCEPT’s Blood Of The Nations. Stream the entire album – which includes the bonus track “Time Machine” – at this location.
Click here to read the Associated Press album review that likens Mark Tornillo joining ACCEPT to Ronnie James Dio joining Black Sabbath and Brian Johnson joining AC/DC!
All fans are invited to participate in the FREE Meet & Greets that will take place after every show throughout ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X, which launches this Friday in Baltimore, Maryland. The members of ACCEPT have pledged to stay until the very last fan leaves happy, so grab your ACCEPT memorabilia & camera and get ready for a night of autographs and photographs!
ACCEPT’s new album Blood of the Nations has reached sensational and lofty positions in diverse European charts – many are all-time high placements. In addition, the album has been able to hold on to these positions and is now creating a storm in the USA, Canada and Japan.
Blood of the Nations is currently holding steady to Number 12 in the European Billboard charts and an incredible Number 35 in the world wide best-selling albums charts. Amazon Canada is reporting Blood of the Nations to be in the Top 20; this week peaking at Number 12 overall and Number 2 in the metal charts. In the US, Blood of the Nations has broken into the Top 25 of the best selling album in iTunes. In addition, it has now reached Number 65 at Amazon’s Albums Charts and #4 within the “Metal” category. Many media outlets are calling Blood of the Nations the metal Album of the Year!
In Japan, Amazon reports Blood of the Nations at Number 75 and in the Top 5 on the Metal Charts. Overall, the album is holding steady in the Top 75 at the European Amazon best selling charts.
To mark the North American release of their new studio album Blood Of The Nations and in celebration of their first U.S. tour in over 14 years, Germany’s metal legends ACCEPT have scheduled an in-store autograph signing at The Exchange on Friday, October 8th from 6 – 7 p.m. Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided to all fans in attendance. The Exchange is located at 6271 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, Ohio 44130. The band will perform later that evening at The Agora Ballroom in Cleveland.
All fans are invited to participate in the FREE Meet & Greets that will take place after every show throughout ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X, which launches next week in Poughkeepsie, New York. The members of ACCEPT have pledged to stay until the very last fan leaves happy, so grab your ACCEPT memorabilia & camera and get ready for a night of autographs and photographs!
Paiste's Artist Spotlight: ACCEPT drummer Stefan Schwarzmann
With their current comeback album ‘Blood of Nations’, Accept are about to top their success back in the 80’s, when Accept was the most important Heavy Rock Band coming from Germany besides the ‘Scorpions’. Long time Paiste Artist Stefan Schwarzmann (since 1988) proved once again what an outstanding Metal drummer he is, which keeps him busy now touring the States and Japan, following a very successful Summer European Tour.
Stefan already was the drummer for Bands like Running Wild, Skew Siskin and U.D.O. (and for Accept from 94-97), just to name a few. When Accept in their original line-up was disbanding in the late 80’s, Stefan joined forces with Singer Udo Dirkschneider and became a member of Udo’s Band U.D.O. for many years to come. However, Stefan’s drumming is not limited to Metal drumming. With the ‘Duo Mystica’ as well as the ensemble ‘Dirrekt’ and several other groups he discovered the diversity of rhythms from all over the world. Improvisations on all kinds of percussion instruments dominated this phase of his career.
Helloween and Krokus were the next Bands in Stefan’s impressive career until rumors about a Accept reunion proved to be true. With new singer Mark Tornillo, Accept recorded their new album with producer Andy Sneap. The excellent production and the songs speak for themselves. Great reviews all over the world and the chart entry in Germany at Nr. 4 as well as top ten chart entries in most of European countries, make this album a great success.
Stefan’s drumming can be described as powerful, hard and super precise. Check out Stefan and Accept on the current US tour.
09/23/2010 Poughkeepsie (NY), The Chance
09/24/2010 Baltimore (MD), Ram’s Head Live
09/25/2010 Sayreville (NJ), The Starland Ballroom
09/27/2010 New York City (NY), B. B. King’s
09/29/2010 Foxboro (MA), Showcase Live
10/01/2010 Reading (PA), The Silo
10/02/2010 Mt. Clemens (MI), The Emerald Theatre
10/06/2010 Middletown, (WI), Scatz – Madison Market
10/08/2010 Cleveland (OH), The Agora Ballroom
10/09/2010 St Charles (Chicago) (IL), The Arcada Theatre
10/12/2010 Dallas (TX), House Of Blues
10/13/2010 Houston (TX), House Of Blues
Paiste's Artist Spotlight: ACCEPT drummer Stefan Schwarzmann
After a 17-year absence from performing live in Los Angeles, Germany’s legendary heavy metal band ACCEPT proudly announces their exclusive West Coast show on October 19th in Hollywood, California at The Key Club. The show will be streamed live around the world via Stickam.com.
Tickets for ACCEPT’s October 19th show are now on sale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com. The show will go on sale via all normal ticketing systems on September 21st. EnterTheVault.com VIP tickets for the pre-show Meet & Greet session are also available. All VIP ticket buyers will also receive a customized poster signed by the band.
ACCEPT’s return to the touring circuit at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on May 8th, 2010 was officially sold out.
Blood Of The Nations was released yesterday in North America and debuted as the #25 Rock Album on iTunes. It was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy).
ACCEPT’s co-headlining tour with King’s X launches next week in Poughkeepsie, New York. Confirmed tour dates & pre-sale links are available on the band’s MySpace page.
ACCEPT 2010 is: WOLF HOFFMANN, PETER BALTES, MARK TORNILLO, HERMAN FRANK, and STEFAN SCHWARZMANN.
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.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show”here.
In a recent interview with Goldmine Magazine journalist Pat Prince, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann discusses the classic ACCEPT sound, working with Andy Sneap, lighting Flying Vs on fire, and the next ACCEPT album. He also discusses bumping into former lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider at the Masters of Rock festival recently and reminisces about a career-highlight show in 1984 at L’Amour’s in Brooklyn, New York.
Do you feel liberated a little bit with this new lineup, it being so exciting? Hoffmann: I mean, of course. Especially after the initial criticism of a lot of people saying it could never be done. We feel real vindicated and relieved. That makes us feel good despite all the critics. I’m not making this album as a personal vendetta against anybody. We just want to make good music, you know. At the end of the day, we just wanted to go out and do our stuff because that is what we love to do.
Sneap made the record a good balance. It recaptures the old ACCEPT sound but it’s in-tune with today. Hoffmann: Yeah, it has a modern sound, so that’s good. He made sure we had that 2010 sound, but we have all the characteristics of the past. All the good riffs and the gang vocals. He also didn’t want it to be too happy or too commercial. He kind of pushed us a little more into the dark side of things, which I think worked out really well. Overall, it was still us writing the songs. But it was a very good collaboration.
And live, you always seems to sound so perfect and crisp. Does that have to do with you guys being tech and sound geeks? Not a lot of bands are able to replicate their sound like that. Hoffmann: Never heard that comment like that but it’s nice because that’s what we are trying to do. It’s got something to do with the way we place the guitar sounds in the mix, maybe. And we have a certain style with the riffs that we play and a certain sound that we love. And it all comes across in the end.
Blood Of The Nations was recorded at Backstage Studio in England with famed producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Opeth, Arch Enemy) and will be released in North America on September 14th. Exclusive pre-sale bundles can be purchased at the Nuclear Blast Web Store.
ACCEPT will be co-headlining their upcoming tour with King’s X, kicking-off with an appearance at the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Confirmed tour dates are:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage (**No King’s X**)
09/23/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
09/26/2010 ***IN-STORE SIGNING AT VINTAGE VINYL*** – Fords, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King’s – New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
10/08/2010 The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre – St. Charles, IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues – Houston TX
Additional dates for October & November will be announced soon.
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.
View footage of Wolf Hoffman & Mark Tornillo on VH1’s “That Metal Show”here. 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.