Of the 2 new albums, with new singer Mark Tornillo, Blood of Nations is slightly the better, but only slightly. What Accept did between Metal Heart & BotN, I don't know, as they rather faded away in the interval, although I gather it wasn't great. With these two albums, they return very much to the signature sound of their two best albums, Balls to the Wall and Restless & Wild. Even the new singer has been chosen to sound as close to Udo as possible. He shrieks a couple of tones lower than Udo did & has a bit more stylistic range i.e. he can actually sing clean, something Udo always struggled with! To my mind, the best tracks on Stalingrad are the opening two and Revolution. By comparison, I've listed 5 tracks on my BotN review as worthy of mention, so you can see why I think this is just slightly less good. As I don't think BotN is quite worth a 5* rating, Stalingrad inevitably also isn't. But it is a good solid 4* effort.
I stopped listening to Accept in the mid 80's, the last album I bought was Metal Heart. German metal in the 80's was fast and heavy and full of attitude. It was also a welcome change to the current crop of NWOBHM that was slowly finding itself in second place thanks to the rising glam metal scene of Los Angeles. I heard a leaked version of the title song, Stalingrad and it blew me away whilst at the same time had me reminicsing about my misplaced youth. This album is really heavy and Accept are really faithful to their origins. My fave songs on this album are Stalingrad, Hung drawn & Quartered and Revolution. They have a very fresh sound whilst still maintaning an original metal sound, this really really is a fantastic album. I am ashamed though to have stopped listening to Accept, I will certainly start to re-explore Accept from where I left off.
Once again,Accept have me hooked as a fan,as with Blood Of The Nations and Blind Rage,i`m so excited that one of my old fave bands is doing the business-and in rip-roaring fashion....a cracking album,well produced-congrats to Andy Sneap once again...a must for any/all Hard Rock/Metal fans.
Stalingrad is the thirteenth full-length studio album by the German Metal band Accept, and their second since reuniting and working with new frontman Mark Tornillo (of T.T. Quick fame) following up on the critically acclaimed comeback album Blood Of Nations from 2010.
The quality of the songwriting is excellent and the band make a superb job of mixing ballsy up-tempo tracks of purely driving classic Heavy Metal and longer dynamic tracks that shift tempos and explore clean and acoustic territory as well. There is enough variety so it isn't all just the same, but enough consistency that you're getting a pure and succinct experience.
Like Blood Of Nations before it, Stalingrad takes the classic Accept sound and modernizes it slightly. Don't misunderstand, it isn't overly contrived to be youthful, but it is energetic and vital with any cheesiness removed. The record touches on a few metal styles, with hints of Thrash, Speed and Power Metal all creeping in in small doses alongside the classic Teutonic Metal style off the early Accept albums.
Basically; imagine all the best elements of bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Megadeth, Overkill, and others condensed down into one album of tasteful guitar melodies and soaring leads, gang-backing-vocals and hard crunchy riffs. Mark's gravely low voice and occasional high notes come across as a brilliant mid-way point between Lemmy influenced singers and Halford influenced singers and suit the music remarkably well.
The production, from Andy Sneap is also utterly perfect for the album and makes the music sound both powerful and clear, with crunchy feeling on the palm muted riffs and a clean sound on the leads. It isn't as dynamic as a 70s or 80s production job but it is a fantastic example of what a modern job can sound like when done right.
Overall, if you like Accept and especially their new line-up then this is a must-have record; if you like traditional heavy metal then this is really worth exploring and finally if you like any other metal in general then you should consider giving this record a chance. Its solid, its meaty, it's the perfect mixture of very Hard Rock and straight-up Metal and I highly recommend it.
Stalingrad picks up where Blood of the Nations left off and shows what talent is all about. Stalingrad is Accept's best work to date. This album is definetly guitar oriented. Wolf Hoffman soars and his solos are plentiful. Mark Tornillo sounds much stronger and more confident here. There are many times that his voice sounds like Udo's back in the glory days. The songs on Stalingrad are very diverse, from classic ballads such as Shadow Soldiers to modern metal speedfreaks like Flash to Bang Time. Get this album and go see them on tour!
If they ever started drag racing Steam Rollers, and you were slowly crossing the track, the resulting impact on your physiology would be similar to your first listening to this album, turn it up to very loud n let it rip. Pobably Accepts finest work to date and by a band truly on top of their game. Simply outstanding heavy rock
Cracking follow up album, musically ever so slightly more adept, but bloody brilliant again how do accept do it/? nothing to sy of fo fourteen years ish, and then two Behomoths of Albums all other metal bands take note, you got lots of catching up to do. to get to Accepts level, a definate must have for metal fans...
If you are of a certain vintage you'll remember Accept from the early 80's with Udo, the platinum blonde, vertically challenged singer. At that time I loved the guitarwork but despised the singing so didn't follow them. Despite this, and having read great reviews, took a punt and bought Stalingrad.....and was blown away. The guitar work is superb with fiery fretwork runs through every song, ball crushing drum work and fantastic vocals. Every song is a belter with "Hung, Drawn & Quartered", "Shadow Soldiers" and "Twist Of Fate" being my repeat plays. Only query is that my copy came witha different cover and was called "Stalingrad-Brothers In Death"?? No problem though-the music is the same.
Whilst Accept always reminded me of a thrash version of Priest this album definitely has overtones of The Scorpions and, if I didn't know better, would think that Matthias Jabs was playing some of the lead runs. The album is a powerhouse of rock riffs with no fillers, no ballads and no keyboard influenced pop crap, just hard hitting rock songs. Certainly the best album I've bought this year so far. Do yourself a favour and buy it now.
I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED BEFORE I PLAYED THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME,I SHOULDNT HAVE BEEN BECAUSE LIGHTNING HAS STRUCK TWICE.THIS IS FOR ME EVEN BETTER THAN BLOOD OF NATIONS WITH ACCEPT AT THE TOP OF THERE GAME.THERE'S NO NEED FOR A TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW AS THERE'S NOT A BAD TRACK HERE AND THE PRODUCTION BY MR SNEAP IS TOP NOTCH AGAIN.