Blood Of The Nations Tour 2011
The Corporation - Sheffield – Tuesday 23rd March 2011
Tonight The Corporation hosted the last night of Accept’s European Tour where they were promoting their new album “Blood Of The Nations”. The latter, in my opinion, was the Metal Album of 2010 and stands tall against their classic albums “Breaker” and “Restless & Wild”.
It has been over 25 years since I last saw Accept on the “Metal Heart” tour. They were then fronted by Udo Dirkschneider who came and went on several occasions through the proceeding years.
The opening salvo were new tracks “Teutonic Terror” and “Bucket Full Of Hate” which set the tone for the rest of the evening: powerful, aggressive, in-your-face metal! Accept play at two speeds: fast and faster still!
First of the classics “Starlight” highlighted immediately that Mark Tornillo, former TT Quick singer, could handle the old material with consummate ease. The intensity of the evening continued to grow with “Breaker” and new song “New World Comin’”.
The exuberant crowd got to air their voices during the brilliant “Restless & Wild” and that was quickly followed by the thunderous “Son Of A Bitch”, I don’t think UDO could have sung this better!
The title track of 1985’s “Metal Heart” included the classical solo, Beethoven's “Für Elise”, by original axe man Wolf Hoffmann. Wolf is a real star and it is clear that he loves grinding out these metal anthems night after night.
“Neon Nights” from 1982’s “Restless & Wild” got the crowd singing at the top of their voices again.
“Bulletproof” from 1992’s “Objection Overruled” was roaring and rampaging metal and highlighted the power of the rhythm section of guitarist Herman Frank, Peter Baltes on bass and Stefan Schwarzmann on drums.
The new album is full of future classics of which “The Abyss” is arguably the best of them and aired prior to “Aiming High” from 1996’s “Russian Roulette”.
“Princess Of The Dawn” gave the enthusiastic audience another opportunity to sing-a-long. The end of the song included a bass solo, fortunately short, from the passionate Peter Baltes.
The powerful “Up To The Limit” preceded my favourite Accept song and main set closer, the rip-roaring, rock ‘n’ roller that is “Burning”.
The band left the stage to tumultuous applause and cheering followed by several hundred metal heads singing “Hi-De, Hi-Ho…” (traditional German tune "Ein Heller und ein Batzen"). The latter was the bands cue to return with the speed metal classic “Fast As A Shark”.
“Pandemic” another power metal anthem, from the new album preceded the final track of the evening, the commanding and probably best known Accept song “Balls To The Wall”.
A special mention must be made to the sound engineers who managed to get an almost perfect mix and volume level – loud and clear!
A triumphant return by the German metal heroes and one word best describes tonight’s performance: BRUTAL!