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Accept
Blind Rage
October 2014
Released: 2014, Nuclear Blast Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

We’re now three albums and four years into the reborn era of Accept with no-longer-new vocalist Mark Tornillo and I’m just going to say it: the including this one, the three albums that Accept have done since reuniting in 2010 are better than any three albums they’ve EVER done in the past. Go ahead, shoot me now, but I’m standing by that. Fact is, to these ears BLOOD OF THE NATIONS, STALINGRAD, and now BLIND RAGE crush 90% of Accept’s great previous albums and in fact are better than the hallowed RESTLESS & WILD / BALLS TO THE WALL duo. There, I said it.



Possible metallic heresies aside, let’s move on to the album at hand. BLIND RAGE doesn’t offer much difference from its two predecessors but continues the incredibly high quality of pure heavy metal that we’ve come to expect from this band. Tornillo’s vocals are powerful and impassioned, his lyrics both amusing and poignant. Hoffman and Baltes can still write better heavy metal songs than just about any other writing duo in the business, and the whole band’s musicianship is beyond critique.



That said, I can’t give the full 5/5 for this album simply because it is more of the same. Even so, the material offered up here is consistently enjoyable, from the charging “Stampede”, to the wistful “Wanna Be Free”, or the vintage metal tribute “Dying Breed”. Look, at this point that’s all I need to say – you know what you’re going to get with Accept. Needless to say, if you enjoyed any of Accept’s previous albums, this one is a must-buy.
Track Listing

1. Stampede
2. Dying Breed
3. Dark Side of My Heart
4. Fall of the Empire
5. Trail of Tears
6. Wanna Be Free
7. 200 Years
8. Bloodbath Mastermind
9. From the Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey

Lineup

Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann: Lead Guitar
Herman Frank: Guitar
Peter Baltes: Bass
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums

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Accept
Blind Rage
October 2014
Released: 2014, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

Three albums in now with Mark Tornillo at the helm of what can only be considered a metal institution and Accept shows no sign of becoming merely a novelty touring act. So many bands become scared of a working recipe, scared of being accused of being formulaic. Accept clearly has a routine here that is working, and so they have stuck with it. Andy Sneap once again helms the production controls and competently finds the right sound for the band. Yes, Tornillo has clearly been a force in the band, but musically the energy and inspiration has to be band deep, and the songs have to stand on their own, which they do. No question, of the many great bands making a go at a second career in this millennia, Accept’s efforts have to be ranked as among the best and most consistent.



A track-by-track take is tempting, but ultimately unnecessary, as every song is worthy. “Stampede” is the quintessential Accept track, meaty and mid-paced with a locking groove that will wreck some necks. “Dying Breed” is another hooky tune complete with Accept’s patented gang vocals come chorus time. If you are looking for quicker numbers amongst the mid-paced tempo, “Trail Of “Tears” and

“Final Journey” checks off that box, while we get some rarified acoustic guitars to open “Wanna Be Free.” Hoffman’s guitar riffs are direct, thick and pure metal, while Baltes bass continues to thump and drive the not inconsiderable back end of things.



Considered as a whole, BLIND RAGE subtly distinguishes itself from its previous two predecessors as being slightly more melodic with more elements of power metal, like the sing song bounce of the guitar melodies leading towards the end of “Final Journey”. Schwarzmann’s drums propel things along, the vigor in his playing being a major force in the band’s continued revival. The chugging guitar is naturally front and center, and while there is no reinvention here, there are also no weak moments. The end result is another consistent, high quality offering from a band that exudes metal from its pores. Accept is everything that is right with metal, and though they have grown a bit long in the tooth, BLIND RAGE still puts scores of younger upstart bands to shame.
Track Listing

01. Stampede

02. Dying Breed

03. Dark Side of My Heart

04. Fall of the Empire

05. Trail of Tears

06. Wanna Be Free

07. 200 Years

08. Bloodbath Mastermind

09. From the Ashes We Rise

10. The Curse

11. Final Journey

Lineup

Wolf Hoffmann - Guitar
Peter Baltes - Bass
Mark Tornillo - Vocals
Herman Frank - Guitar
Stefan Schwarzmann - Drums


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