When iconic German metallers Accept, Wolf Hoffman (guitars), Peter Baltes (bass), Herman Frank (Guitars) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) joined forces with former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo in 2009 the resulting album would be the first of new Accept music in fourteen years. Blood of the Nations dropped in 2010, its follow-up Stalingrad in 2012 and recently 2014 sees the completion of the trilogy, if you will, in Blind Rage. All three albums are the highest charting Accept albums to date, Blind Rage the first to reach number one on German charts. The latest, like the previous two, is helmed by Andy Sneap and in a more “bang for your buck” play Accept has also included a DVD of their full concert in Chile in 2013!
We find the eleven song collection on Blind Rage starting strong out of the gates with the previously released in video format “Stampede”. This is a perfect opener and follows suit of the rejuvenated formula we received on Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad. In “Dying Breed” we find Accept paying tribute to some classic bands such as Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin among others proclaiming “They’re the last of a dying breed and we salute you”. The slower, but still heavy pace of “Dark Side of My Heart” is reminiscent of old classic Accept. “Fall of the Empire” is again a slower composition with a chanting background chorus but certainly no ballad by any means. “Trail of Tears” picks up the pace once again starting out at a blistering pace while “Wanna Be Free” is a more mid-tempo selection leading off acoustically. Tornillo’s gruff and gravelly vocals shine in “200 Years” and “Bloodbath Mastermind” begins slow and soft before exploding into one of the best on the album. “From the Ashes We Rise” takes us through to the absolutely awesome and longest running track, “The Curse”, a sweeping epic of a track. Another melt your face off rocker closes this awesome effort in “Final Journey”.
With only a couple of songs contained here under the five-minute mark, Accept have submitted a worthy edition to their catalog in Blind Rage. While perhaps just a smidge below (and I mean only just) its predecessors of Blood of the Nations and Stalingrad it’s still an absolute must for any metal fan. Sort of like completing the trilogy of the original Star Wars movies.