Accept + Night Demon @ Koko, London

Accept + Night Demon

@ Koko, London

February 8, 2018

Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad

Photography by Graham Hilling

On a windy February evening, I find myself occupying what has to be one of London’s most beautiful indoor venues – the KOKO in Camden. The building might look plain and ordinary from the outside, but the marvelous interior creates a perfect backdrop for the night’s show. Heavy metal heavyweights and teutonic heroes ACCEPT are back to promote their latest album The Rise of Chaos, with American speed metal phenomenon NIGHT DEMON supporting. An eager horde of metalheads gathered outside for the feast.

As the venue opens and the ground floor of the venue quickly fills up, NIGHT DEMON enters with a bang.

Night Demon
Night Demon

The American three-piece released their sophomore album Darkness Remains last year, and has everything to prove for the London crowd.

Night Demon
Night Demon

The are loud, fast, aggressive and borderline punk, all elements that seem to go well with the crowd. Their old school sound and endless supply of energy makes for a great opener set.

Night Demon
Night Demon

It’s hard not to be reminded of Motörhead when beholding the band’s performance. Bassist and vocalist Jarvis Leatherby’s ultra-aggressive and pure rocker-persona shines through his time on stage, and makes for some entertaining eye candy.

Night Demon
Night Demon

Drummer Dusty Squires meticulously performs his duties behind the drum set, while guitarist Armand John Anthony seemingly effortlessly cranks out riff after riff of solid heaviness.

Night Demon
Night Demon

The band seems well-received by the London crowd, and proved themselves a worthy opener for the approaching headliner of the night.

Night Demon
Night Demon

As the clock shows 8:45, a stage decorated with what looks like props from a German steel mill signals the time is nigh for ACCEPT.

Accept
Accept

Sure enough, minutes later the Teutonic heroes of traditional speed and heavy metal enters to a roaring cheer from the crowd. Tearing into “Die By The Sword”, the fresh opening track off The Rise of Chaos, the party has officially started.

Accept
Accept

Brothers in arms Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes smilingly beholds the crowd from the front of the stage, while vocalist Mark Tornillo parades around in his Ozzy-like sunglasses singing from the bottom of his lungs.

Accept
Accept

The band’s newest members, drummer Christopher Williams and rhythm guitarist Uwe Lulis remain placed a little more in the background.

Accept
Accept

Timeless classics go hand in hand with newer material, and their almost two-hour long set is well paced. “Stalingrad” gets the crowd jumping as vocalist Mark Tornillo waves the band’s banner on stage, all while the crowd is singing along to the lyrics about the German defeat in the battle that turned the Second World War.

Accept
Accept

Besides the first song, material from their latest studio effort is confined to a four-song segment in the middle of the set, starting with the title track and ending with “Analog Man”.

Accept
Accept

Some highlights of the night include “Princess of the Dawn”, “Breaker” and the all-too appropriate “London Leatherboys”.

Accept
Accept

The band’s incorporation of classical music in the shape of melodic guitar licks is a highlight in itself, as seen in songs like “Stalingrad”, “Final Journey” and “Metal Heart”.

Accept
Accept

Hoffmann effortlessly tears through all his guitar solos with the force of German precision, all while making hilarious faces.

Accept
Accept

But no Accept concert is complete without the immortal classic “Balls to the Walls”, which unsurprisingly ends the night of heavy metal goodness at the Koko in Camden.

Accept
Accept

Accept are still going strong after almost 40 years, and after having seen them in action again, it would be hard to say otherwise.

Accept
Accept
Accept
Accept

Setlist:
1. Die By The Sword
2. Stalingrad
3. Restless and Wild
4. London Leatherboys
5. Breaker
6. The Rise of Chaos
7. Koolaid
8. No Regrets
9. Analog Man
10. Final Journey
11. Shadow Soldiers
12. Guitar solo/Bolero
13. Neon Nights
14. Princess of the Dawn
15. Midnight Mover
16. Up to the Limit
17. Objection Overruled
18. Pandemic
19. Fast as a Shark
Encore:
20. Metal Heart
21. Teutonic Terror
22. Balls to the Wall

Accept
Website: acceptworldwide.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/accepttheband/

Night Demon
Website: www.nightdemon.net/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nightdemonband/

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