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Blind Rage
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 30 August 2014
Blind Rage is the 14th full-length studio album by the legendary German Heavy Metal band Accept, and the 3rd since their triumphant reformation with the new Mark Tornillio-fronted line up. It was released on Nuclear Blast Records in 2014 and was masterfully produced (as with their previous two records) by veteran British producer Andy Sneap.

Right off the bat, let me just say that I absolutely love this record and would highly recommend that any fan of the bands previous two records buy it without hesitation. Moreover any fan of the band or even just the genre should consider buying it. On my initial listen, it sent giddy shivers up my spine and had me thinking of phrases like “album of the year” and “career highlight” straight away, and even now when the early excitement has been tempered and attempts have been made to be rational and objective, this still feels like a very strong and important record on every single listen. It is at once both an immediate hit and a massive grower.

The style on the album is more-or-less the same style of modernized pure Heavy Metal from the last two albums; teetering smoothly on brink of early Power Metal and Hard Rock, topped off with the cherry of Mark Tornillo’s gravely Udo Dirkschneider-meets-Lemmy Kilmister (by way of Brian Johnson) vocal style. If you like pounding double-kick drums and guitar solos you want to sing along to, this is the sort of stuff for you. There are big riffs and chant-along backing vocals all over the place designed to make everything feel memorable and make you want to pump your fists in the air.

There are tracks here that could neatly slot into either of their previous two albums without looking out of place at all, and so in many ways, the album is partly a continuation of what the reunion line-up has been doing so far.

In other places however, the album has its own identity and overall it isn’t just a carbon copy of either Blood Of The Nations or the superb Stalingrad. Blind Rage diversifies into softer, more melodic and anthemic directions as well. Tracks like “Wanna Be Free” and “Dark Side Of My Heart” almost harken back to the Metal Heart spirit in a way. This makes sense as the band mentioned the classic Accept sound a lot in interviews at the time of this album’s promotion and the climax of the album-closer “Final Journey” sonically references the track “Metal Heart” itself.

Highlights include “Dying Breed” – a mid-paced number which lyrically pays tribute to other legendary bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon etc. – as well as the catchy single “Stampede” (a real grower indeed) and the speedier “Bloodbath Mastermind.” That being said this is an absolutely rock-solid album with no filler or weak moments at all.

Overall, Blind Rage is an absolutely stunning record. There are so many memorable moments and catchy riffs on here that it almost doesn’t hit you right away just how very well-written and impressive it is. The performances are great, the production is immaculate and I have nothing but praise for the songs themselves. I highly recommend picking yourself up a copy if you are in any way interested.

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The edition I bought comes in a fat digipak contained within a slipcase. It is packaged with the Live In Chili 2013 concert on Blu Ray.

The tracklisting is as follows:
Intro/Hung Drawn And Quartered/Hellfire/Restless And Wild/Losers And Winners/Stalingrad/Breaker/Bucket Full Of Hate/Monsterman/Shadow Soldiers/Amamos La Vida/Guitar Solo/Neon Nights/Bulletproof/Aiming High/Princess Of The Dawn/Up To The Limit/No Shelter/Pandemic/Fast As A Shark/Metal Heart/Teutonic Terror/Balls To The Wall

Here are the Blu Ray specs:
Resolution 1080p, Sound PCM Stereo, Region All, Running Time 121mins.

This is excellent value for money as it isn’t the usual low–quality bonus disc; the performance is great, it sounds pretty decent, the editing is fairly tasteful and in all honesty it almost feels like a proper release that could stand up as its own product if it had more sound options and a few extras. Very occasionally it looks overdubbed or there’ll be a silly editing choice, but it is for the most part well-made. It is great to see the reunion line-up absolutely tearing it up live and the mix of newer material with the usual concert-favourites makes it feel vital and exciting.

If the price difference isn’t too much I’d definitely recommend getting this version.

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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 23 July 2015
What a storming album. Really. And like all the best records it didn't grab me immediately. But it grew and grew with each listen.

It's not a radical departure from the previous two albums at all and initially I thought it not as good - until the earworm that is 'Wanna Be Free,' ended up on a constant mental loop. After that I ended up listening through this a number of times until I got to the point where I figured that it really is one of the best that Accept have done no matter what the era.

Production values and recording are high. It's astonishing just how good compared to the older records it is.

The songs are thoughtful, often powerful and some are definitely ones you want to bang your head along too. The chorus of Wanna Be Free is so catchy that you almost find yourself singing along to it - despite the serious subject matter. Overall this is a proper old school metal record created by people who understand it at their very core - especially as they were in early on - but done with all the modern recording methods. A truly brilliant effort that stands proud with the best of Accept.
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on 2 November 2016
I love Accept.. but i love Accept more than any other band after 2010! With Mark Tornillo, they created 3 masterpieces and i think that Blind Rage is simply the highest point! If u love any type of rock, any genre of metal; buy this album. And never think that it's just an old-school metal stuff; it has all type of technical (and maybe magical) additions of today's metal with soul n' passion. For sure the reason is the real master Wolf Hoffmann (who is Accept). "The Curse" can be labelled as the best piece ever created by Accept, not a joke. But this album is a total package, all songs are killer hits; Stampede, From The Ashes We Rise, Dying Breed, 200 Years and all others.. U r gonna be cursed after listenin' this album.. and u can never ever gonna listen cheap music again...

Pros:
- Wolf Hoffmann (best guitarist ever)
- The Curse (best song ever)
- Dozens of hits
- Box set has great additions

Cons:
- U r gonna be cursed by Wolf's magic

I bought the box set version of this album from Rarewaves by Amazon (uk).

5/5 - 10/10
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on 17 January 2015
This album is incredible. I think it's their best yet since they reformed. It's metal heart/Russian roulette accept with touches of balls and restless and its also something completely new. On first listen the tunes were in my head and wolf Hoffman's guitar playing is fantastic as always. the whole band are outstanding. I can't stop listening to it

Can't not mention the DVD, which is a live concert from the last tour. This too, is amazing. Showing how good accept are live, with a cracking setlist
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on 26 August 2014
This cd is one of the best ive heard in a long time the song dark side of my heart and stampead and from the ashes we rise are just pure class and the rest of it is top class heavy metal. also the live dvd is just fantastic if you like accept like I have done since 1983 or you like real music played by a real heavy metal band you need to buy this cd.
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on 1 September 2014
The studio album is probably the best of the three since they reformed, some tracks chime familiar bells, a good consistent, driving album, but without some of the eighties highs. The DVD shows a band well drilled, as always, not going through the motions, but not pushing themselves and enjoying the show almost as much as the audience.
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on 5 October 2015
Been a fan of Accept for a while and I particularly prefer my music heavy this Album defo fits that bill great riffs pounding drums and all played at a pace.
If you like your music hard and heavy get this album it rocks
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on 5 May 2015
This is 2015. You cannot ACCEPT a heavy metal band to make a #1 record in a country of 81.000.000 population. We are talking about physical format sales. You cannot ACCEPT to miss this!!!! Buy the album and thank those who did it later. Thank you ACCEPT for such a huge offer. This is a gift to us all. Enjoy!
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on 22 April 2016
Accept sounds like Accept always has done even if it ain't Udo who is singing. Bur it sounds good anyway!
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Excelent
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