Accept showed why Metal is still vital in today’s download environment. Their last four releases, which include the newest "The Rise of Chaos" is as good if not better than a lot of the new metal bands that currently represent the genre.
The band now fronted by Mark Tornillo, who joined Accept when they re-formed in 2009. His selection has proven to be a great decision, as his style has the power and range to make new songs his own, but also has enough similarities to former singer Udo Dirkschneider to pull off classic Accept tracks. Both guitarists Wolf Hoffman and Uwe Lulis seem to have a great time playing together and it truly shows. Wolf was in fantastic form. Peter Baltes(Bass) and newcomer Christopher Williams (Drums) create a supremely powerhouse rhythm section.
The set list pulled songs from the recent albums and they were delivered with tight arrangements. There wasn’t a lot of talk in between songs, instead choosing to keep the music flowing all night long. "The Rise of Chaos", “Koolaid”, “Analog Man” and “No Regrets” gave us a good taste of the fantastic “The Rise of Chaos” album. It is their fifteenth studio album and was released on August 4, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-rise-of-chaos/id124047856) Of course gems like "Restless and Wild", “London Leatherboys", “Fast as a Shark” and their biggest hit "Balls to the Wall" which closed what was a fantastic show.
The German metal legends ran over the crowd like a tank. Metal music doesn’t get better than this. It was an absolutely killer performance and surely one of my concert highlights for this year.
Current Line-Up : Wolf Hoffmann – Guitar, Peter Baltes – Bass, Mark Tornillo – Vocals, Uwe Lulis – Guitar and Christopher Williams – Drums
Sept. 30th, 2017
Die by the Sword
Restless and Wild
Living for Tonite
The Rise of Chaos
Princess of the Dawn
Up to the Limit
Fast as a Shark
Balls to the Wall
You can find my Photo Album from the show here:
The Official Website is located here: http://acceptworldwide.com/band/
Nuclear Blast Records: http://www.nuclearblast.com/en/label/index.html
All Images © Joe Schaeffer Photography 2017