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Review: Accept - Stalingrad

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 51:34
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: April 25, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.49/5 (89.8%) (49 Votes)

I've been a fan of Accept since Balls to the Wall and to say 2010's Blood of the Nations, with new singer Mark Tornillo, marked one of the most successful reboots of a classic band is an understatement of the highest order. 2012's Stalingrad proves Blood of the Nations was not the work of a one trick pony. With the surprise factor gone, Stalingrad has some serious expectations to live up to. And does it ever. Wolf Hoffman's and Herman Frank's riffs and leads again set the tone over which Tornillo's powerful voice provides all the aggression one could want. The songwriting gives a tip of the hat to the classic 80s Accept without sounding the least bit retro. The title track is impressive retelling of the Battle of Stalingrad, that fateful World War II conflict in which untold millions of Russians and Germans perished. The album doesn't limit itself to serious history and the fun, escapist side of Heavy Metal is evident on songs like "Flash to Bang Time." The ballad, "Shadow Soldiers," stands up in the pantheon of Accept classics with the likes of "Winterdreams" and "Princess of the Dawn." The second half of the album isn't quite as strong as the first half but, honestly, that is akin to telling the people at the center of a nuclear explosion that the bomb was only 50 megatons, not 100. In other words, every song kicks ass, many with both feet.

If you like Blood of the Nations, you should be on your way to pick up Stalingrad right now. If you are a long-time fan who isn't yet sold on the new Accept, play "Shadow Soldiers" and step into the light.

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