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I am one of the old German metal fan's that wrinkled my nose and had doubts when we heard that Accept would be releasing a new album with a superannuated old singer that nobody had hardly heard of (in Sweden at least), but damn how they surprised me with one of the absolute best Accept albums they've ever released with 'Blood of Nation' from 2010.
The 'original vocalist'; Udo Dirkschneider is a strong personality and he has a very special tone in his voice settings and his tone was a big part of the Accept's sound through many years, but on 'Blood of Nation' the band went several steps forward and broke new ground with the wonderful Mark Tornillo, replacing the little, fat guy with the screaming voice and they really gave us a disc to frame and sign with "Classic German metal in fresh new attire". I saw them live in 2011 and he did the older tracks 'Udo-songs' equal or even stronger than with the original vocalist. One of the best performances on SRF last year.
But now it's 2012 and the expectations are sky high on this brand new album named 'Stalingrad'. Wolf Hoffman and Herman Frank on the guitars and Peter Baltes on bass are the spine in Accept's guitar based music and on this disc these veterans us another bunch of songs to play air-guitar to. Mark's singing ain't flawless, but gosh how elegant and perfect he fits into the German metal sound with his raw and hoarse voice. Producer is Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy) and he has given them a little harder tone and that's just what some of the 'old' bands need. It's heavier that what I expected and the self-confidence is at it's peak from the guys...or quite adult gentlemen in their best age. If you liked new sound from Accept on 'Blood of Nations' you will probably love this new creation from the band. They have filled the disc with some of the best classic heavy metal I've heard from Deutchland in a long long time. The mix of fast double tramp from Stefan Schwartzman, quick, catchy, hungry guitars and to some great lyrics and brilliant melodies creates a superb blend of magic metal.
I must say that they took the best parts from 'Blood of Nation' and have spiced it with a big dose of young, fresh and groovy rock 'n' roll and for me is 'Stalingrad' the best Accept album in decades. A definite MUST buy album.
2 big thumbs up from me.