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Islington Academy, London 26 May 2010
foaming at the mouth when this gig was announced and when I was
fortunate enough to be invited along to interview the band and listen to
the playback of their first studio release in fourteen years, I was one
happy little headbanger.
rockers Accept are in town to play a one off gig to promote the
forthcoming 'Blood Of The Nations' album which will be out on Nuclear
Blast at the end of August. The snarling pitball Udo Dirkschneider
has decided not to take part in this reunion but Accept have found a
great replacement in former TT Quick American singer Mark Tornillo, who
has that classic razor blade throat voice which complement the Judas
Priest on Speed riffs of Accept.
the new album before the gig, I'm glad to report that Accept have made
their best and most accessible album since 84's 'Balls To The Wall' and
certainly most heaviest since 82's 'Restless And Wild'. All killer and
no filler, this album will frazzle your brain.
about Accept as a live act in 2010? (Their first in the UK since 1986.)
Accept come on stage as conquering heroes storming into the anthem
'Metal Heart' and despite supporting AC/DC in Hannover the night before
showed no signs of metal fatigue.
And Wild' got me air V guitar-ing for the first of many times tonight
along with many grown men. 'Son Of A Bitch', surprisingly early in
the set, was a fist thumping crowd pleaser. Tracks such as 'Losers
And Winners' and 'Run If You Can' were surprising additions to the set
which brought back many teenage memories for me.
Only two new
tracks were performed tonight, in what I can only imagine is to stop the
mobile phone bootleggers uploading the new material onto Youtube before
the album is released.
available tracks 'The Abyss' has a melodic epic heavy punch and
'Teutonic Terror' for which the band have made a computer crashing video
clearly states where Accept are today which it's chorus line of ''Give 'em
twin attack of the V guitars is all there to see from Wolf Hoffmann and
Herman Frank with original bassist Peter Baltes still looking youthful
with his curly locks. Hoffmann later doing a guitar solo which featured
snippets of 'Bolero' and 'Sabre Dance'
The gig was
turning into a metal marathon lasting over two hours with many head
crunchers thrown in such as 'Bulletproof' from 93's underrated
'Objection Overruled' and the set ender 'Burning', the band were simply
on fire and weren't about to be extinguished just yet.
The gig was
so orgasmic that it was easy to forget that the band hadn't yet played
their best songs. Another surprise of the night was the inclusion of
'I'm A Rebel' a song originally turned down by AC/DC . 'Fast As A Shark'
the pre thrash song included that famous German intro of 'Hi-de-hi-ho-da-da'
was perfect beer swilling man hugging time.
Andy Sneap, a long time Accept fan who also produced the new album,
joined the band in a triple assault for 'Balls To The Wall' certainly
plugged a bomb in everyone's arse where we all responded by showing the
sign of victory.
Oh! What a
night! Get ready for the new album and don't miss them next time they do
the tour proper. Metal at it's finest.
Set list :
Metal Heart / Midnight Mover / Living For Tonite / Restless And Wild /
Son Of A Bitch / Losers And Winners / London Leatherboys / The Abyss /
Run If You Can / Teutonic Terror / Breaker / Bulletproof / Neon Nights /
Up To The Limit / Demon's Night / Turn Me On / Monsterman / Burning
....encores .. Princess Of The Dawn / I'm A Rebel / Fast As A Shark /
Balls To The Wall
by Mark Taylor
Photos by Karen
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