A crowd truly worthy of the mighty metal legends Accept, line the streets outside 170 Russell in Melbourne, some admittedly with Balls To The Wall, but most squirming and fidgeting in excited anticipation.
With the meet and greets squared away and the poster wielding faithful forming the first group to hit the barrier, a sense of satisfaction presents. Not to be wantonly self-indulgent or claim ‘true fan’ status, solely aware of the true might of Accept, but there is a distinct feeling of fulfillment when so many have arrived early to a gig, determined to make the most of such an august occasion.
None more pleased to see an already seething mass before them than openers Damnation Day. Pumped and ready to warm up the willing, three mild mannered and clean cut gentlemen take to the stage. Yes, you read that correctly. A certain satisfaction warms a metal heart when such people who would be perfectly placed clad in a three piece at a boardroom meeting, live their daily lives in clandestine cloaking, with all about them none the wiser that their veins run thick with heavy metal. And of course Mark out front with a fine head of mosh ready locks, suited perfectly to the metal persona. But that’s where the theatrics end. This tremendous group which was founded by brothers Mark Kennedy and Dean Kennedy (drums), accompanied by Jon King (Lead guitar), are truly a no nonsense and honest metal band. Luis Eguren adds a welcome added dimension with his stellar Bass performance holding the rhythm firmly in place. Now these lads are no strangers to Accept crowds having supported the Teutonic Terror on the Scandinavian and European leg of the BLIND RAGE TOUR, 2014, before HUGE crowds in matching sized venues.
A melodic metal symphony adorns the crowd with opener Dissecting The Soul laying waste to the doubting inclinations to those unfamiliar with the groups massive sound. There is simply no requirement for jumping and stage theatrics for these guys, who prefer to deliver their polished products as though performing just for you. Speaking of polished products, yes Mark we know where the merch desk is. Good thing he did remind us though. After a set littered with killer tracks Colours of the Darkness, The Witness, Carried Above The Sun
and World Awakens (the latter being the title track from their new album which is available at a merchandise desk near you at a very reasonable price….there ya go Mark) we move on to the stage rearrangements. With Marks soaring, ripping, shredding metal vocals still ringing in the ears, accompanied by the polished performance from the group as a whole, one cannot but smile at the audible murmurings from pockets of the crowd along the lines of “they were effing awesome” and “how come I’ve never seen them before?”. Well, now you know, get out there and give these home grown Melbourne guys the support they deserve. Just a brilliant way to warm up for the mighty ones. Bravura.
Now, I take some liberty in offering humble thanks on behalf of the Melbourne crowd to Accept and their crew, for going to the logistical difficulty and expense of flying out as much of their full stage adornments, as is humanly possible. This was surely no easy feat and the results were more than appreciated. A small stage, but all clad in Accept stage decoration it seemed to grow in stature and importance.
Importance is now a word I use lightly around the likes of Accept. To this moment I remain in abstract disbelief that, having only toured Australia for the very first time in 2014, have returned for a single Oz show in Melbourne while touring with their new album, The Rise Of Chaos. With a lineage dating back to the 1960’s and a formal beginning in 1976 with Wolf Hoffmann shredding into the annals of metal history, any opportunity to watch such legends at work is truly an honor and a privilege.
The crowd erupts as we catch our first glimpse of Peter Baltes, Wolf Hoffmann, Mark Tornillo and for the first time in Australia with Accept, Uwe Lulis and Christopher Williams. What better additions to the group could possibly have been found. Perfect and natural fit. Very unusual for a band of this history and lineage, but perfect none the less.
What more powerful way to scoop up and truly own a crowd than a soaring rendition of Die By The Sword from the tours namesake recording. Mark Tornillo is one of those unique vocalists who pours every ounce of his being into every note and, without fail, each time you see him perform is more astounding than the last. A crowd favorite in Stalingrad, title track from their 2012 album, raises the enthusiasm even further as mouths agape among the first timers, indicate a bearing of witness to the true metal heritage laid forth.
Mark’s investment in Koolaide is evident as his emotive performance shrieks and howls from every pore. Amazing stuff.
No Regrets introduces the first of many sensational displays of dueling guitars between Wolf and Peter, then Uwe and Wolf, then Wolf and Peter, but it never, ever gets old. Just utter perfection in harmonic camaraderie. Mark even gets a turn, albeit on air guitar, but he does it so very well.
I have been pondering Analogue Man long and hard, whilst enjoying the track, but as Mark completes the track with a “true that”, I can’t help but agree. Thank the metal gods he is, because no digital trickery could possibly replicate his raw, powerful and utterly phenomenal vocal delivery.
Wolf performs some solo classical serenades, before allowing his guitar to reveal its true screeching metal self, our magnificent maestro and aficionado of all that is music, displays just a little of his mastery as a true contemporary composer.
A few minor mic issues did not get the better of Mark. A frequency problem on face value, but lets face it Mark, the mic is mere metal and plastic and no match for your vocal might.
I will leave the set list separate so you that were present, can relive with a healthy mix of reverence and glee. Also for those who missed such a magnificent show, stuffed and heaving with metal magnificence, you can read the track listing and despair. I mean no ill will, however I saw and am changed forever. A final four of Fast as a Shark, Metal Heart (no dear, Mark was not singing Big Giraffe) Teutonic Terror and, last but by no means least, Balls To The Wall, completed this show brilliantly.
A reverent crowd shuffled back onto Russell Street, some with lapses into Australian vernacular descriptive of delighted disbelief, but most content to bask in the afterglow of true German heavy metal.
Not a big show for the lads, but all that 170 could hold, they delivered as though playing for a gargantuan hoard. Not an ounce of showmanship and celebration left in the wings, not a shred of enthusiastic celebration left elsewhere on tour. Playing for one or playing for many, this is Accept, and they will deliver. Bow your heads and raise your horns in thanks. We were briefly, but oh so powerfully, blessed with a visit from the Teutonic terror. This was beyond a concert and light years from seeing a band. Like 2014 in Australia and every Accept show around the world, this was a benchmark privilege in our lives, carved with sharpened guitar into the metal plaque that bears our life’s highlights.
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ACCEPT – THE RISE OF CHAOS
Released: August 4th, 2017
As we faithful to the might and glory of the Teutonic Terror await their latest installment of recorded magnificence, one cannot help but ponder the bands history and their incredible journey. Their remarkable journey has seen the all manner of challenges from membership changes met with abhorred fan outrage to multiple group splits spelling an end to it all. Yet despite the lows has been the most remarkable of companions in the opposite polar extreme, namely the most glorious of highs. And here in 2017, some forty-one years after the groups creation comes their latest installment, The Rise Of Chaos, hailing the ongoing dominance of the German metal powerhouse that is Accept. Now that statement can be read in several ways with your internal dialogue providing the appropriate level of importance to your own self, but what cannot be adequately replicated by word, review, opinion or embellishment is the monumental significance of this sensational creation.
With the brilliant Wolf Hoffman’s wailing axe heralding the arrival of the opener Die By The Sword we are immediately immersed in the signature sound of Accept in their contemporary manifestation and oozing all the glory surely envisioned in the beginning by Peter Baltes and Wolf himself.
This is Accept. Raw, unrelenting and soaring in metal magnificence all wrapped up in a soundtrack to our troubled times.
Now this is the first Accept studio recording for Uwe Lulis and Christopher Williams, replacements for guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann who were sensational with Accept also, but Uwe and Christopher have proved brilliant additions to the group.
The vast experience of Uwe with Rebellion, Grave Digger and as a integral component of German metal might, coupled with that of Christopher who was surely born with drum sticks in hand and an amazing resume, bring a fresh excitement to this recording. This seems a natural progression considering their successful integration into the mighty Accept live performance.
As we progress through the tracks with each first listening a monumentally exciting event, an aire of foreboding accompanies my maniacal glee brought by Accepts thoroughly accurate account of contemporary history. A realisation that this album reflects the events of the surrounding world, visually represented in the cover art created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.
The title track has much of that classic Accept attitude as well. Thoroughly powerful with a sideline of defiance like flipping your middle finger at an erupting volcano.
Overtones of foreboding and solemn reflection of man’s malevolent capacity accompany Koolaid. Malevolence? Perhaps homicidal madness might better account for the occurrences of November 18, 1978 at Jonestown at the hands of Jim Jones and his flock of lost sheep.
The brilliant Andy Sneap is yet again responsible for the production of this fine collection but as you listen, one cannot help but presume that the band themselves were largely responsible for the creative direction. After all, as brilliant as Andy Sneap is professionally, he certainly seems to have little interest in fixing that which is not broken. In essence, the perfect collaboration and little wonder after the success of the last four partnerships, particularly Blind Rage.
The individual performance of each band member is nothing short of triumphant, but who could expect less from such a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism. Powerful as ever but there is a distinct aire of almost supremacy and dominance. The listener can hear the years of experience rolled into one magnificent album. And yes, Mark is sounding better than ever.
And what is immediately evident on this album is that Accept have decided that they are going to remain true to their magnificent sound but as are result, are bigger than ever and these years to come will be the golden years. And yes, that stamen is intended with nothing but reverent respect to Udo and all past members who helped pave the way to what is certain to excite the hearts and souls of metal aficionados the globe over.
This album brings the Accept heritage and contemporary creativity together superbly. I think to perfection. With such a vast catalogue of hits to their name, Accept have just added ten new fan favourites to their set list contemplative consideration. Raw Accept excitement. Superb.
Heavy Metal pioneers ACCEPT are back in the game with a new studio album! The record entitled The Rise Of Chaos, will be unleashed in only two weeks, on August 4th, 2017! This will be the band’s 4th studio release through Nuclear Blast and continues the tradition of its three predecessors – Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad, and Blind Rage – with grandeur and precision.
Recently, the band has released their digital single ‘Koolaid’, off their new album »The Rise Of Chaos«. Check out the lyric video for the track, here:
Wolf states: “‘Koolaid’ is a well known flavored drink and has been mixed with Cyanid by a cult leader who made his congregation drink it: men, women & children. Everybody to get to heaven. Since then, the phrase ”drinking the Kool-Aid” is referring to a person or group holding an unquestioned belief, argument, or philosophy without critical examination. That common fact, that people believe everything, when sold right, has intrigued me all my life. For me, being critical and alert all the time, is the key to every decision one makes. That is the main message!”
“The Rise Of Chaos is something I have been thinking about often. Wherever we go – there is some hidden as well as some visible destruction and it kind of changes the world we know. What was there today – can be gone tomorrow and it’s somehow irritating, because it happens on so many levels and no one knows what comes next. The cover portrays our last stage set-up – but now clearly “destroyed” – like… after a catastrophe”, explains Wolf Hoffmann.
Watch the new video clip of ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ here:
You can purchase the limited edition 7inch vinyl single of the title track ‘The Rise Of Chaos’ in different colours here: http://nblast.de/AcceptRiseOfChaosNB
Get the digital single, here: http://nblast.de/AcceptDigital
Pre-order the new album: http://nblast.de/AcceptRiseOfChaosNB
Get the digital version of the new album, here: http://nblast.de/AcceptDigital
Below is the track list for The Rise Of Chaos:
01. Die By The Sword
02. Hole In The Head
03. The Rise Of Chaos
05. No Regrets
06. Analog Man
07. What’s Done Is Done
08. Worlds Colliding
09. Carry The Weight
10. Race To Extinction
The cover artwork of the new record was created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.
And if this wasn’t enough, ACCEPT will celebrate the album’s live premiere exclusively on August 3rd, on the day before its release, as a part of a special show at Wacken Open Air, Germany. The set will consist of three parts, which represent the band’s creative power:
Part 1 will bring fans a classic ACCEPT set, packed with new and old hits.
Part 2 will present another premiere: Wolf Hoffmann will be playing tracks from his solo album Headbangers Symphony, released in 2016, with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for the very first time. On this record, Wolf has covered famous opuses by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart, in a metal guise. And in Part 3, all elements can be seen and heard together: ACCEPT will make the holy Wacken ground shake by sharing the stage with the orchestra, supported by a complex multimedia show.
More on The Rise Of Chaos:
Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-rQQzRp2Z0
Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3LA3HW9K8c
Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYpzKZzOrfA
Behind-The-Scenes, Pt 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsSnu2OWE8Q
Album Trailer 1: https://youtu.be/9oi4_VIeDY0
Album Trailer 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdL905-EAIQ
Album Trailer 3: https://youtu.be/LN_X0g1lcM4
ACCEPT – RESTLESS & LIVE
Release: Jan 13, 2017
℗ 2017 Nuclear Blast
As displeasing as an Accept sans Udo may still be to some and the hurt remaining all too raw, undeniable is the fact that the metal community has moved on in healthy celebration of the contemporary line-up. In fact, since the Blind Rage release in 2014, audiences all over the globe have enjoyed a rejuvenated Accept and a veritable whirlwind of renewed enjoyment.
To don their first ever Australian tour in 2014 a thrilling experience would be a shameful understatement. I freely admit that to see the legendary ‘Teutonic Terror’ live was an unforgettable experience and to spend time with the group behind the scenes, a tremendously enlightening privilege. Even now that Herman Frank and Stefan Kaufmann have moved on from the band bringing Uwe Lulis & Christopher Williams to step into their roles respectively, Accept seemed to miss not a single step.
Excitement among the metal community swells with news of new Accept studio album imminent, but the truth is that Blind Rage has never been far from the playlist so it is thrilling that Restless And Live has been released to keep the fires of popularity smoldering in the interim. Whilst we wait patiently for news of a new release to grace our ‘pressers’, Accept give us the perfect opportunity to relive those live performances we hold in fond memory, bringing goose bumps to the surface in excited reflection.
The Restless And Live package is available on Blu-ray and DVD, with either accompanied by two CDs, so you had best bring a wheelbarrow because the ergonomics associated with carrying this much heavy metal could be a musculoskeletal mistake.
This huge rollercoaster of a release is every bit as relentless as the Accept entity itself. The sensational footage was recorded at ACCEPT’s headline show at the Bang Your Head in Balingen, Germany, 2015.
Apparently, even if the band had some concerns before performing due largely to the fact that Christopher Williams and Uwe Lulis had only recently joined the line-up.
I cannot put it any better than Nuclear Blast themselves…
“…those doubts were very quickly proved wrong. The concert soon showed that they meshed perfectly into the distinct corpus that is ACCEPT. That’s why the video director of the Bang Your Head!!! Festival wanted the band to be able to watch their performance again – and when watching the video material, the band realised that this was the show that perfectly demonstrated the piercing force of the new line-up.”
This amazing collection highlights the tremendous heritage that is carried proudly aloft by the members of this enormously commanding entity. With the incredibly talented Wolf Hoffmann and Peter Baltes leading the charge and bearing the battle banner as remaining constant contributors, the might of Accept is self-evident on this monumental collection.
Starting in a traditional format of Stampede, I think it’s fair to allege that most fan favorites are covered.
With the list of inclusion speaking for themselves as testament to this amazing group and their heritage, I would simply add that when the fun starts with Stampede, all the excitement of a live performance comes flooding back. For those who have witnessed the soaring majesty of Accept, this collection is a definite must. For those who have not born witness to the rampaging bull during the Blind Rage Tour, this release will have you poised like a coiled spring, ready to pounce on tickets to their next nearby show.