Power of Metal.dk Review

Blind Rage
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 18 August, 2014
Playing time: 58:00

One of the first albums I bought was the Accept album 'Restless and Wild'. I was completely overwhelmed by the first track "Fast as a Shark", in my opinion the very first speed metal song ever. The excellent intro and then the mighty fast riffs and it is still one of the best tracks ever written. We all know what happened and with the departure of UDO, the band stopped for a while to come back with their reunion album 'Blood of the Nations'. Since then we have together with the band UDO two German bands that play the same kind of music. I don't know if there is a healthy competition between the two, but for fans of this style of music it isn't a punishment because both bands still releases strong albums.

This 'Blind Rage' has to compete with the successfull predecessor 'Stalingrad' and I think the fans will not be disappointed with this new album. The first song starts rather fast and heavy in the typical Accept style. On several songs the tempo is a little slower like on the tracks "Fall of the Empire", "Wanna Be Free"and "From the Ashes We Rise". The background choirs in songs like "Dying Breed" and "Wanna Be Free" are a gain for the songs and give them a kind of epic feeling. For the headbangers there are besides the opening track also "Trail of Tears", "Bloodbath Mastermind" and "Final Journey". "200 Years" is again a typical Accept mid tempo track and sees to the welcome variety in tempo. With "Final Journey" they have one of the best tracks at the end, with a beautiful classical solo (Edvard Griegs 'Peer Gynt Suite'). Andy Sneap took care of the production and gave the album a very heavy sound.

Accept has released a classic heavy metal album that underlines that these 'oldies' aren't over the hill yet. Well done!

01. Stampede
Dying Breed
Dark Side of My Heart
Fall of the Empire
Trail of Tears
Wanne Be Free
200 Years
Bloodbath Mastermind
09. From the Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 19 August, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/accepttheband