Album Review: Accept, "Stalingrad"

Comeback albums are often like middle-aged men getting new Porsches: i.e. something that bands to do just to prove they've still got their original mojo. It may have seemed like this when Accept got together with new vocalist Mark Tornillo for 2010's Blood Of The Nations, a potent record that won rave reviews. But the German metal band's latest, Stalingrad–an epic theme even for a metal band–is taking that comeback and running with it. From the chugging guitars and sky-splitting vocals of opener Hung Drawn and Quartered to the doom-laden riffs of the title track and the smoldering menace of Twist of Fate, this album successfully builds on the gargantuan superstructure of its predecessor. Pacifists go on about giving peace a chance. But true peace only comes on the battlefield after each side has fought a worthy battle that both can respect. This is the spirit that this album breathes and the reason why it will be as big a hit in Russia as it is in Germany, the two nations whose titanic struggle inspired the theme of this album.

C.B.Liddell
Rock iKon
29th May, 2012
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