ACCEPT – Stalingrad (2012 Nuclear Blast, bonus track)
They said there could be no Accept without Udo! But here we are, two albums deep onto a healthy Accept rennaissance with Mark Tornillo at the mic. Wolf Hoffman and company have carried on with class. Has there ever been a metal band that so seemlessly replaced their beloved longtime original throat?
I think on Stalingrad, Tornillo’s fitting in better than ever. It seemed to my ears that they have upped the SPM (screams-per-minute) on this Accept album, and Tornillo’s never sounded better honestly. I guess that big long tour really tightened everybody up, because the whole band sounds awesome.
Stalingrad is very much a companion record to the successful comeback Blood Of The Nations. It sound like a natural succession, with perhaps a little more emphasis on melody and catchiness. The tracks are still as Teutonically heavy as before, but there seems to be just the oddest incremental increase in melody.
“Stalingrad”, “Flash To Bang Time”, “Shadow Soldiers”, “Us Against The World”, they’re all good! I also liked the 9/11 song “Never Forget”, which is a bonus track on some editions.
On a final note, I think Peter Baltes is a damn fine and underrated metal bassist. He sounds great on this album!