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Accept, Blind Rage (Nuclear Blast Records)
CD Reviews: 8/14/2014

08/14/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



During the ‘80s, this German metal outfit laid claim to the epithet “Balls to the Wall” with the help of a single and album of the same name. You really can’t be an arena-metal band without titling one of your hits after a vaguely filthy saying, and so they found success as a sort of low-rent AC/DC, with plenty of dingbat appeal and a weird-looking singer (Udo Dirkschneider) who evoked a male version of the psychic lady on Poltergeist. Newly returned with former TT Quick singer Mark Tornillo, Accept is fine with spending the millennium ripping off AC/DC a lot harder than the old days (Tornillo gets to yell “We salute you!” in a shameless Brian Johnson nick practically all the way through “Dying Breed”), a not hideously unexpected move given the economy. Lots of Dio-style plod-metal too, e.g. “Fall of the Empire,” replete with the sort of “oh-oh-ohs” you’d picture being sung by mournful monks in the service of Beelzebub.
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— Eric W. Saeger





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