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30th January 2018


In the lead up to their highly anticipated headline show at London's Koko on Thursday 8th February, Nuclear Blast are buzzing after Accept's 2012 album, 'Stalingrad', was certified Gold in Russia. The title track is dedicated to one of the most crucial battles of both WWII and the Great Patriotic War.

Accept's London show is scheduled as part of a twenty-eight date long European run across fourteen countries which is already well underway and this will also be followed by a special Ukrainian show and four Russian dates.

Tickets for London Koko a week on Thursday, currently Accept's only UK date of 2018, are selling fast so make sure you don't miss out by getting yours now right here.


Accept mastermind and maestro Wolf Hoffmann said about the Stalingrad news:

"RUSSIA! THANK YOU! SOYUZ! THANK YOU! This is our first Gold album for Stalingrad in our NEW ACCEPT ERA! We are thrilled and can't wait to see you again!"

Tine Stumpp, Head of Licensing at Nuclear Blast commented:

"We're really proud of the first gold award for our license territory RUSSIA! It's a huge success, it's also the first award for a license country in Nuclear Blast history. Many thanks to our incredible band ACCEPT, who have performed fantastically and made it possible – as well as our partner SOYUZ MUSIC! We're happy to have such a wonderful partner in Russia and great bands like ACCEPT."


Alexey Alyaev, General Director of Soyuz Music commented:

"I'm absolutely happy that Heavy Metal heroes ACCEPT received GOLD for Stalingrad in Russia! I've been a Metal fan since my school years in the mid 80s and ACCEPT have always been in the top league in the Soviet Union and Russia. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to ACCEPT, for all the music you have given us! Rock on!"

Accept are touring in support of their highly acclaimed album, 'The Rise Of Chaos', which was released in August 2017 via Nuclear Blast. You can see what it's all about right here.

In the 1980s, Accept became the choice Metal band for the Soviet people. Back then Heavy Metal was banned in the USSR and it took fans great courage to wear merchandise bearing band logos and names and fans could have paid a huge price for it. A person in Heavy Metal clothing could be picked up by the police "for the improper attire" or fall victim of suburban louts, similar to British skinheads, called "Lubera" as they were residents of a Moscow region town, Lubertsy.


The authorities turned a blind eye to the clashes between Metalheads and Lubera, which in most cases turned into real fights resulting in casualties.

As fans could often not afford to buy original vinyl records, posters and other merchandise, they sometimes created their own DIY items and the name Accept was amongst the most popular with Soviet rock fans.

Today, thirty years later, those Soviet Metal fans, though matured, are still loyal to the icons of their youth. They attend music events, buy CDs and educate their kids as to the 'right music'. It was those veterans and the youths raised that way that earned 'Stalingrad' its gold.


'The Rise Of Chaos' World Tour 2018 remaining dates:

30th January: (FR) Saint-Étienne - Le FIL
1st February: (FR) Lille - L'Aéronef
2nd February: (DE) Saarbrücken - Garage
3rd February: (CH) Lausanne - Les Docks
4th February: (DE) Frankfurt - Batschkapp
6th February: (NL) Eindhoven - Effenaar
7th February: (BE) Antwerpen - Trix
8th February: (UK) London - Koko
9th February: (DE) Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
11th February: (DK) Copenhagen - Vega
12th February: (NO) Oslo - Rockefeller
14th February: (SWE) Gothenburg - Trädgår'n
15th February: (SWE) Stockholm - Cruise
17th February: (FI) Turku - Logomo
18th February: (FI) Helsinki - The Circus


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