The 1980's were chock full of classic metal anthems - capable of whipping an arena full of headbangers into an instant frenzy. And Accept were certainly responsible for penning some of the era's greatest (and most instantly recognizable) tracks - especially the rapid fire "Fast As A Shark" and the dark n' grinding "Balls to the Wall." Despite the group having not releasing a new studio album in fourteen years, Accept's stature amongst metalheads has continued to grow, and is about to be taken to a whole new level, as the group has announced they are back in action once more.
Joining veteran band members Wolf Hoffmann (guitar), Peter Baltes (bass), Herman Frank (guitar) and Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) is former TT Quick singer Mark Tornillo - resulting in an absolutely powerful line-up, as evidenced by their brand new album, 'Blood of the Nations,' which will be released in the US on September 14th via Nuclear Blast.
The twelve-track, 80+ minute long disc was recorded at Backstage Studio in Derbyshire, England, with acclaimed British producer and SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MASTERPLAN, etc.). Standout tracks will include “The Abyss”, “Shades of Death”, “Teutonic Terror”, “Blood of the Nations” and “Pandemic,” amongst other rockers that are sure to measure up mightily to early Accept classics.
Wolf sums it up plain and simple: “Something amazing has happened. We seem to have been transformed from one world into another…these new songs simply bursted out of a vault that has been locked up for too long! We’re not sure where 'Blood of the Nations' and all this new excitement will ultimately take us; we only know one thing - We never had it this good!”
And to support 'Blood of the Nations,' Accept will be launching a full US tour, of which the first confirmed dates have just been released. Due to Accept's prolonged absence from the concert trail, the buzz surrounding these dates has been overwhelming, resulting in the first dates selling out instantly. The tour kicks off on September 9, 2010 in Atlanta, GA , with a headlining performance as part of the multi-band "ProgPower" concert, and will run throughout the rest of the month and into October - with more confirmed dates coming shortly. This string of US dates will come off recent performances in other parts of the world, including a German show opening for AC/DC and headlining the Sonisphere Festival in Romania and Turkey - all of which resulted in Accept's sets receiving rave reviews in the press - as well as a forthcoming mammoth Japanese show in October (as part of Loud Park 10), which will see Accept playing alongside Korn, Halford, and Stone Sour, among others.
All these years later, Accept remain as potent as ever - and soon, you will be able to experience their newfound metallic strength via 'Blood of the Nations' and on a concert stage near you!
Confirmed Accept tour dates:
9/9/2010 Atlanta GA Center Stage - Headlining the ProgPower USA Kick-Off.
9/23/2010 Poughkeepsie NY The Chance
9/24/2010 Baltimore MD Ram's Head Live
9/25/2010 Sayreville NJ The Starland Ballroom
9/27/2010 New York City NY B. B. King's
9/29/2010 Foxboro MA Showcase Live
10/1/2010 Reading PA The Silo
10/2/2010 Mt. Clemens, MI The Emerald Theatre
10/6/2010 Middleton (Madison), WI Scatz
10/9/2010 St Charles (Chicago), IL The Arcada Theatre
10/12/2010 Dallas TX House Of Blues
10/13/2010 Houston TX House Of Blues
10/19/10 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
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