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When the core of Accept, guitarists Wolf Hoffman and Herman Frank, bass player Peter Baltes, and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann, reformed with new vocalist Mark Tornillo, some may have doubted that the band could be as powerful as before, and questioned how anyone could replace the legendary Udo Dirkschneider. First on Blood of the Nations (2010), and now on Stalingrad, Accept has clearly demonstrated that the members of the band more than stand on their own merits as musicians and songwriters, and Mark Tornillo is one hell of a singer. Kind of a mix of Udo, Graham Bonnett, and Rob Halford, Tornillo's aggressive singing style meshes perfectly with the band's dark musical tone.
Led by DIrkschneider and Hoffman, Accept was one of heaviest exponents of Eurometal in the 1980's. After forming his band U.D.O., and leaving Accept, Dirkschneider has continued to produce the same kind of pile driving metal that the original Accept pioneered.Read more ›
It has to be clear that despite its title referencing the historical battle of Stalingrad during WWII, "Brothers in Death" is much more of a rebellious metal album rather than an epic/power metal work. In terms of performance, the double bass drum attack has been reduced substantially leaving room, in favor of more standardized heavy metal rhythm patents. This ties perfectly with the overall approach of "Stalingrand" which is prioritizes fist-pumping heavy metal anthems and at times straightforward hard rocking tunes rather than speeding tracks. Songs like "Hellfire", "Revolution", "Twist of Fate" and "Against the world" draw towards the band's late `70s-early `80s approach, naturally coated by state-of-the art contemporary production/mastering.
Of course you will find the occasional speeding track, being the furious "The quick and the dead" though for its biggest part the new "Accept" album is based on the foundation of their first three albums. Overall "Stalingrad" has the potential to satisfy a wide range of metal fans coming from German heavy metal, NWOBHM, power metal or `80s metal in general. The new "Accept" is indeed here to stay!
Sad to think I still have buddies who wont even give this a shot cause they are appalled at an Accept without UDO these days, but let them miss the boat if they choose. High marks from me.
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More lyrical than most of their albums: Listen to the very end. Repeat.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Accept Stalingrad. One to add to the collection for the Live experience and in Studio sound as well Outstanding mix of music that truly reminds me of Bon Scott from AC/DC. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sam-Wise
I had heard that this release was not as good as their previous one. I don't agree with that at all. Read morePublished 11 months ago by dionysus
Accept released their second album with vocalist Mark Tornillo in 2012 titled "Stalingrad." The album is very much a continuation of 2010's "Blood of Nations"... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jonathan Weller