Accept Blood Of The Nations

Accept Blood Of The Nations
Punters worldwide are waiting with bated breath for this new Accept disc, the band's comeback after 14 years of not releasing any new material. It's the lack of gravel-voiced Udo Dirkschneider behind the mic that has most longhairs cocking an eyebrow, but Mark Tornillo (ex-TT Quick, for what little that's worth) actually has some, uh, balls in his delivery, as songs like fully kick-ass opener "Beat the Bastards Down" and new band anthem/unintended Saxon homage "Teutonic Terror" prove. "New World Comin'" is a particularly solid representation of the Accept sound, all melodies and fist-pumping choruses. Like any Accept album crafted since the mid-'90s or so, this album is too long (and placing the seven-minute ode to forgettable songwriting, "The Abyss," third was a bad call), but there are so many excellent traditional metal riffs and well-crafted songs that all is forgiven. And the lack of Udo, amazingly, doesn't make that much of a difference. Go figure. (Nuclear Blast)