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Editors’ Notes

The veteran German metal group Accept has been rejuvenated in recent years. New singer Mark Tornillo and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann make for a comfortable fit, having brought a new energy to 2010's Blood of the Nations and now to Stalingrad. The band's military focus adds to the band's aggressive attack and gives its music conceptual thrust. The tale of bloody battle "Hung, Drawn and Quartered" features the twin-guitar attack of Wolf Hoffman and Herman Frank re-creating the sounds of a world gone mad. "Hellfire" grinds out the power chords with all the authority necessary to make it a surefire anthem, with an extended solo patch for the guitars to again show who's boss. Things speed up for "Flash to Bang Time", while "Shadow Soldiers" captures the somber feeling of dusk before the band charges forward like it's Iron Maiden looking for a fight. All the elements of classic metal are here, and Stalingrad is a solid execution of power and style and as vital as Accept's work in the '80s.

Customer Reviews

Stalingrad

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.

Real metal

Top album with excellent riffs a headbangers dream screaming vocals must buy album

Iron maiden?

Is it me or does this band sound exactly like iron maiden. Still great album

Biography

Formed: 1978 in Solingen, Germany

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With their brutal, simple riffs and aggressive, fast tempos, Accept were one of the top metal bands of the early '80s, and a major influence on the development of thrash. Led by the unique vocal stylings of screeching banshee Udo Dirkschneider, the band forged an instantly recognizable sound and was notorious as one of the decade's fiercest live acts. Despite recording two of the best heavy metal albums of the decade in Restless & Wild and Balls to the Wall, Accept remained too heavy and extreme...
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