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Release Date: 9th April 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

accept stalingrad

So, you like your Metal hard and fast do you? Your favourite pastime is intimidating your neighbours with volume is it? Well, here's a particularly potent weapon to add to your armoury.

For those who are not familiar with this outfit (and why not?), Accept arguably invented Speed Metal. They took the formula of Scorpions and Priest and tightened it right up creating a back catalogue that gave us a string of Teutonic Metal classics. Their sound is that of steel hitting steel; the defined thunder of a heavy artillery barrage enriched with the crackle of small arms fire.

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In short Accept is German for an effortless display of power. They did suffer a bit of a fourteen year hiatus admittedly but 2010s comeback album 'Blood Of The Nations' heralded the band's return in quite magnificent fashion. For those already in the know however, 'Stalingrad' is pretty much business as usual and business is very, very good.

It follows therefore that if there was ever a band that could portray the drama and noise of war then Accept must be up there with the best. To prove the point, we have 'Stalingrad', Accept's thirteenth album and to be honest it's just as good as, if not better than 'Blood Of The Nations'. It's an efficiently ruthless fifty minute aural assault that seems to pass in no time at all; its Metallic thrust ably capturing the brutal essence of the infamous German campaign of 1942/3. Their brand of Teutonic Metal is the perfect medium for this sort of narrative, especially as it has all the Accept trademarks.

There is no need to give a track by track run down of 'Stalingrad' because you should know what to expect by now and overall there is not a dud to be found anywhere. There are, however, some seriously huge standouts.

'Hung Drawn And Quartered', with its typical opening fanfare, 'Stalingrad' and 'The Quick And The Dead' with their marching choral work crack along setting the overall pace. It's not all full tilt though, the chug of 'Twist Of Fate', 'Shadow Soldiers' and the menacing stomp of 'The Galley' offer comparatively short respites from the overall offensive. It's an efficient, precisely engineered battering ram of an album.

'Stalingrad' will not knock Accept's classic albums off their pedestals but it will give them a damn good run for their money.

It's got all the Accept essentials that guarantee a top quality album so what are you doing wasting time reading this? Just get 'Stalingrad', put a little righteous Metal light back into your miserable existence and remind the neighbours that you are still capable of making a bloody nuisance of yourself.



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