Accept
Blood Of The Nations


4.5
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Review

by James Honaker USER (7 Reviews)
August 1st, 2011 | 14 replies | 9,625 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A spectacular metal album, through and through.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

One of Germany's most distinguished musical exports, Accept had fallen dormant after 1996's Predator. A couple reunion tours bubbled up in the 2000s, but nothing had come about from them; inimitable frontman Udo Dirkschneider was happy with his own band's efforts, and it stands to reason that Wolf Hoffman and the rest of the band weren't wanting to risk finding another singer (following [i]Eat the Heat[/i} and David Reece).

Surprisingly, they ended up with the perfect replacement for Udo: Mark Tornillo, formerly of TT Quick. Vocally, Tornillo is capable of about the same range and acrobatics as Udo, just with less of a Germanic accent when he's not in the higher register. Armed with a new singer, the band began to write new material and, in 2010, pulled together one of the most surprising heavy metal comebacks, Blood of the Nations.

Opener "Beat the Bastards" is a showcase of what 21st-century Accept is going to sound like; fast, high-energy guitar riffing; strong bass lines and drumming; and a very capable performance from Mark Tornillo that suggests they might capture the magic of the old Accept albums, like Balls to the Wall. Guitar solos spread out from guitarists Hoffman and Herman Frank through the song, a welcome addition that ends up promising big things in the following tracks.

Thankfully, "Beat the Bastards" isn't a fluke. "Teutonic Terror", the lead single of the album, is a lot stronger a song than metal singles traditionally are, and it's a damn impressive song. A nasty, chugging opening riff and bassline usher in a malevolent-sounding performance from Tornillo, and it comes together into a gem of a song.

The most surprising thing of the album is that it doesn't stumble as it rolls on. The faster and/or heavier numbers that follow, such as "The Abyss" (with a slow portion showing off Tornillo's melodic singing and the band's ability to put the foot off the gas), the title track (an anthemic song, through and through), and "Rolling Thunder" (does everything the name implies). Slower and more methodical songs, like "Shades of Death", keep up the quality, retaining a delightfully heavy touch even without the speed of "Beat the Bastards". There's no room for ballads (the closest song is "Kill the Pain", but it never falls over that line), and everything is of shockingly high quality.

Blood of the Nations is the best Accept album in decades and one of the strongest, most inspired albums of 2010. The band sounds energized and capable, and they rock harder than bands half their age. Producer Andy Sneap deserves note, as he continues to show that he can make a band sound revitalized and heavy while sounding good. If you like heavy metal, you owe it to yourself to get this album; Accept is back, and we can hope they're back for good.



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Ovrot
August 1st 2011



10468 Comments


FAST AS A SHARK..
wait..

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Ikarus14
August 2nd 2011



532 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a bad review I supose.

Album is kick ass too

rockandmetaljunkie
August 2nd 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Metal all the fucking way

TheNotrap
August 2nd 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cool record. I really like Mark Tornillo's vocals here.

LepreCon
August 2nd 2011



3607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Once you get past the whole not having Udo on vox here (an impossible feat for some), the album's pretty badass

south_of_heaven 11
August 3rd 2011



5433 Comments


Feel like an idiot for never bothering with this band.

Dumb Grant, very dumb.

TheNotrap
August 3rd 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I also miss UDO but this record is very cool. Mark Tornillo did a great job.

Try the classics: Restless and Wild and Balls to the Wall. Great records.

ProfessorVeerappan
January 13th 2012



790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

simple mAD riffs a massive come back
Good review

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2012



1846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There really isn't anything special about the guitars on this album, pretty much riffs i've heard before. But Tornillo has a fucking incredible voice throughout.

Digging: Black Anvil - Hail Death

ProfessorVeerappan
January 31st 2012



790 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

voice indeed perfect thrash

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2012



15800 Comments


damn, didnt even realise these were still going

Digging: Synaesthesia (UK) - Synaesthesia

Titan
February 11th 2013



4799 Comments


There is a bonus track, Time Machine, which is the best track on the record

ViperAces
April 26th 2013



12377 Comments


gf on period?

vonseux
July 7th 2014



38 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That was a simple review, and Blood of The Nations was easily the best metal album of 2010



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