Accept – Blood Of The Nations

Accept – Blood of the Nations (2010, Nuclear Blast Records)

1. “Beat the Bastards” … 5:24
2. “Teutonic Terror” … 5:13
3. “The Abyss” … 6:53
4. “Blood of the Nations” … 5:37
5. “Shades of Death” … 7:32
6. “Locked and Loaded” … 4:28
7. “Time Machine” … 5:25
8. “Kill the Pain” … 5:47
9. “Rolling Thunder” … 4:54
10. “Pandemic” … 5:36
11. “New World Comin” … 4:50
12. “No Shelter” … 6:04
13. “Bucket Full of Hate” … 5:12

Mark Tornillo – Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitar
Herman Frank – Guitar
Peter Baltes – Bass
Stefan Schwarzmann – Drums

Producer: Andy Sneap

From out of nowhere (well, Germany) comes one of the year’s best albums! Man, my indifference towards Accept is well-documented but this is one KILLER heavy metal album! When I heard T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo was filling in for Udo Dirkschneider (who respectfully declined to reunite with his old band mates), I was mildly curious. T.T. Quick’s Metal of Honor is one of my favorite albums and Tornillo has a great voice so that really put this album on my want list. Had it been some unknown singer, I may have never given this album a shot. Surprisingly, nearly 25 years later, Mark is singing with as much power and fury as ever.

This album is a triumphant return for the band. Even without their lead singer, they managed to break into the Billboard 200 with this album (#187) when their three ’90s albums with Udo did not. In addition to the minor chart victory, rave reviews are coming in from all over the world. It’s amazing to think this band has been chugging along (on and off) since the late ’70s because they are as fast and as heavy as they have ever been. This is such a powerful old school heavy metal album and I would like to add my name to the list of people that say Andy Sneap should produce the next Metallica album!

I really don’t have much more to add. I’m obviously enjoy the heck out of this album. It’s 100% balls to the wall (if you’ll pardon the phrase) HEAVY METAL. Any serious metal fan should own this one and although old school Accept fans will probably want to hang me for this — this is the best Accept I’ve heard yet! \m/

I’m not sure how true this is, but I’ve seen some sites list “Time Machine” as a bonus track for the digipak version of the album, which is the version I own. On the packaging, I don’t see any reference to it being a bonus track.

Highlights: “Beat the Bastards”, “Teutonic Terror”, “The Abyss”, “Blood Of The Nations”, “Time Machine”, “Kill The Pain”, “Pandemic”, “New World Comin'”

Posted on October 16, 2010, in Accept and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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