Sjak : Ha, well, this is what makes my clock tick! A written-off old men's band from the eighties which mercilessly comes back with a killer new traditional metal album. It was already about fourteen years ago that the last regular Accept studio album 'Predator' saw the light of day, but anno 2010 finally the follow-up album 'Blood Of The Nations' is released. Without shouter Udo Dirkschneider, that has to be said, but in ex-TT Quick singer Mark Tornillo they have found a more than adequate replacement, which has quite a similar sound as "der Udo”. The rhythm section is still formed by drummer Stefan Schwarzmann and bass player Peter Baltes, while Hermann Frank and Wolf Hoffmann represent the very well-oiled guitar duo.
They have clearly found the holy fire again (which was also very visible during their gig at the Pul in Uden a couple of weeks ago!) and have written a dozen very nice traditional metal tracks, which account for about seventy-six minutes of quality metal. Opening track 'Beat The Bastards' already shows you what the band is all about nowadays and it's a songs that just asks your neck muscles to be tested. And there are many more of those killer tracks to be found on this album, like 'Teutonic Terror', the single track 'The Abyss' and 'Locked And Loaded' to name a few. The record is filled with beautiful and filthy riffs and the at times very well built-up guitar solos are just plain awesome. It really makes my day to see that my favorite German metal band is back at the front of the metal scene again and that they are capable of reliving the times of 'Breaker' and 'Restless And Wild' a bit. If you're into well played traditional heavy metal, you can't escape Accept's new album 'Blood Of The Nations' this month! Welcome back, guys!