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Accept: 'Restless And Live - Blind Rage Live In Europe 2015' (Double CD)
Released: 13th January 2017 (Nuclear Blast)

10th January 2017

jonathan churchill
Words: Jonathan Churchill


Accept are Heavy Metal legends for a reason.

With over forty years of recording and touring behind them, plus in 2010 one of the most successful resurrections since Lazarus when they released 'Blood Of The Nations' and introduced us to new singer Mark Tornillo, followed by the sensational 'Stalingrad' and 'Blind Rage' albums, the band goes from from strength to strength.

Now in 2017 we have 'Restless And Live – Blind Rage Live In Europe 2015' – a twenty-seven track double CD of old and new material, recorded at different venues on the 'Blind Rage' tour.

Stand-out highlights include the Metal perfection of 'Pandemic' and 'Final Journey' featuring Wolf Hoffmann's blistering virtuoso guitar playing; an explosive 'No Shelter', one of my absolute favourites, with the whole band jamming together in parts through the mid-section, and of course the classic-era tracks, given a new lease of life by Mark Tornillo's powerful vocals. 'Fast As A Shark' and 'London Leatherboys' sound incredible.

New band members Christopher Williams on drums and Uwe Lulis on guitar slot in seamlessly as if they've been playing together for years and the production really allows each band member to shine with perfect clarity, for example you can really hear Peter Baltes' bass high in the mix and sounding great.

To their credit, the double CDs feel like one long concert rather than individual tracks from different live shows. And what a concert set-list it is – 'Stampede', 'Stalingrad', 'Metal Heart', 'Teutonic Terror', 'Balls To The Wall' and 'Dark Side Of My Heart' to name just a few.

I last saw Accept in 2011 on the 'Blood Of The Nations' tour and was entranced by their sheer brilliance. Now, with the addition of the 'Stalingrad' and 'Blind Rage' material, 'Restless And Live' is an utterly irresistible and crowd-pleasing blend of new material and stone-cold classics. This selection of live tracks brings a fresh, energy and new dimension to the studio material, not to mention phenomenal vocals and musicianship, particularly Wolf Hofmann's classical-influenced guitar style. Sit back, crank up the volume, bang your head and enjoy Heavy Metal at its absolute finest.

'Restless And Live' is also available as a fifteen track Blu Ray or DVD, filmed at Bang Your Head 2015 and both come with the double live CDs.

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Double CD Tracklisting:
01. Stampede
02. Stalingrad
03. Hellfire
04. London Leatherboys
05. Living For Tonite
06. 200 Years
07. Demon's Night
08. Dying Breed
09. Final Journey
10. From The Ashes We Rise
11. Losers And Winners
12. No Shelter
13. Shadow Soldiers
14. Midnight Mover

01. Starlight
02. Restless And Wild
03. Son Of A Bitch
04. Pandemic
05. Dark Side Of My Heart
06. The Curse
07. Flash Rockin' Man
08. Bulletproof
09. Fall Of The Empire
10. Fast As A Shark
11. Metal Heart
12. Teutonic Terror
13. Balls To The Wall

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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