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From: Solingen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active
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Legendary German metal act Accept have announced plans to stream its October 19, 2010 performance in Los Angeles, California online. The concert, taking place at Los Angeles' famed Key Club, will be the first for the band to take place in the city in over 15 years.
The stream will be taking place at this location, on the day of the performance.
While most people will tell you that heavy metal was born in Great Britain, the same people will tell you that metal's home is in Germany. Germany has several large festivals dedicated to the genre, and has produced some of the best bands ever to pick up a guitar, including the Teutonic Thrash Scene, the only thrash metal movement than can be seen as a legitimate rival to the American scene. Most of the bands from the Teutonic thrash era will explain however, that they may never have found their sound, without the influence of a band from Solingen named Accept.
Accept was originally formed in 1968 by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and guitarist Michael Wagener under the name Band X and performed at an amateur level for around eight years before being offered a spot on the Rock am Rhein bill. The performance at the festival was impressive and led to the band receiving a record deal shortly after. They released a self-titled album in 1979 but found little success with the record and as a result, guitarist Gerhard Wahl and drummer Frank Friedrich, being replaced by Stefan Kaufmann and Jörg Fischer respectively. Accept would find greater rewards with their next album, "I'm A Rebel" however, resulting in their first televised performance, with even more success coming the next year when the band released, "Breaker," which earned them a spot supporting Judas Priest on their "Point Of Entry" tour. The group began evolving their sound somewhat with their next album, "Restless And Willd," which would prove to have a profound effect on the speed metal genre. More...
German heavy metal legends Accept have entered the albums chart in their native country at number four with their first studio album in fourteen years, "Blood Of The Nations." A message from guitarist Wolf Hoffmann reads as follows:
"This really swept us off our feet! Of course, you dream about being on top of the charts, but this was pretty much out of the question. We tested new waters with our new singer Mark [Tornillo, ex-TT Quick] and emerged as winners! But even more than that, this is the reward for our unique collaboration with our label Nuclear Blast, Brainstorm Music Marketing, and all the others who gave their everything for Accept. But most of all, we want to thank our fans without whom we would be nothing! THANK YOU!"
After debuting their new line up to a sold-out audience in New York this past May and then traveling to Europe for shows in 16 different countries in 80 days (including two shows opening for AC/DC), Germany’s legendary metal band ACCEPT will return to tour the U.S. for the first time in 14 years on a co-headlining tour with King’s X. Their first show will kick-off the eleventh annual ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta.
Guitarist & songwriter Wolf Hoffman checks in about the band’s time in Germany and their upcoming North American trek:
“Believe me, this was boot camp, but we loved every minute of it! Twelve months ago, there was nothing on the horizon that would have made us believe we would be on the stages of the world again as ACCEPT… and here we are! [New lead vocalist] Mark Tornillo inspires us to get it all out in a way we have not been challenged before. We can't wait to be on stage with him!!!! He is the new kid on the block and he is the reason we are back again. It is such a relief, such vitamin shot!!! And if we could, we would never stop!!!”
When asked what has surprised the band the most about their fans, Hoffman responds enthusiastically:
“NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – the biggest surprise is the way they make us feel welcomed. Of course we hoped the fans would be happy to have us back - who would not believe that about their fans? - but, what is happening here, EVERYWHERE we go, is a TOTAL KNOCK-OUT for us. WE HAVE NOT SEEN FANS SO HAPPY IN A LONG, LONG TIME.”
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
09/09/2010 ProgPower USA Kick-Off – Atlanta, GA Center Stage
09/23/2010 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
09/24/2010 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD
09/25/2010 The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
09/27/2010 B. B. King's – New York, NY
09/29/2010 Showcase Live - Foxboro, MA
10/01/2010 The Silo – Reading, PA
10/02/2010 The Emerald Theatre – Mt. Clemens, MI
10/09/2010 The Arcada Theatre - St. Charles (Chicago), IL
10/12/2010 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
10/13/2010 House Of Blues - Houston TX More...
Iconic German speed metal act Accept have announced their participation in the upcoming Loud Park 10 festival. Loud Park 10 is scheduled to take place on October 16th and 17th at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan. Accept join the Saturday October 16th, 2010 line-up alongside Korn, Halford and Stone Sour.
Saturday October 16:
Dir En Grey
Sunday, October 17:
Five Finger Death Punch
3 Inches of Blood
At the recent Accept concert in London, England, the band was joined on stage by Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap, who also produced the band's new studio album, "Blood Of The Nations," to perform the classic song, "Balls To The Wall." You can check out fan filmed footage below. "Blood Of The Nations" is scheduled to be released on August 20th in Europe and September 14th in North America and will be the first album to feature new vocalist Mark Tornillo. More...
German heavy metal legends Accept has announced that they will be releasing their brand new studio album, "Blood Of The Nations" on August 20th in Europe and on September 14th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. This will be the band's first studio album since 1996's "Predator" and the first to feature new vocalist Mark Tornillo, formerly of TT Quick.
The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA has been finalized for this September's festivities. The event, which is held in Atlanta, Georgia, will include a plethora of both stateside and European acts, including headlining acts Kamelot, Accept, and Hammerfall, along with Turisas, Nocturnal Rites, and more. This year's festival will also mark the first American appearances from Paradox, Leprous, Delain, Tarot (featuring Marcto Hietala of Nightwish), Seventh Wonder, and many more international acts.
In addition to the main two days of the event, there will be two days of pre-fest shows and activities based around ProgPower, including a Mid-Week Mayhem show on Wednesday, September 8th, and a Fest Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 9th. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
The festival's itinerary is as follows: More...
German heavy metal legends Accept has posted their new music video online for the song, "Teutonic Terror." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Blood Of The Nations," which will be the first to feature new vocalist Mark Tornillo, formerly of TT Quick.
Speaking on the video, director David Blass stated: "We had all of these cool ideas for stories about a post apocalyptic world, hot girls in Mad Max gear and cool visuals and the more we worked it the more we kept coming back to the basics... this is Accept, not Motley Crue, there are people all over the world that have waited years to see this band again, and every second that we cut away to some story that is really just filler anyway, we are missing what is really important. People want to see Wolf Hoffmann shredding his flying V, they want to see new singer Mark Tornillo singing a new Accept song, and they want to see the band ripping into the new track. So I said screw the story, get me some fire, get me some tanks and lets rock it" More...
German heavy metal legends Accept has announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be "Blood Of Nations." It was produced by Andy Sneap (who has also worked with the likes of Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy and Onslaught) and will be released later this year. This will be their first album with former TT Quick singer Mark Tornillo on vocals.
Additionally, the band has announced that they will make their live debut with Tornillo on May 8th at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.
Blabbermouth.net has uploaded exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for the new ACCEPT album, which are taking place at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer and SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE). The six-and-a-half-minute clip, which includes interview footage with Sneap and members of the band, as well as audio samples of the group's new material, can be viewed below.
ACCEPT's as-yet-untitled effort, which will mark the recording debut of the band's new singer, Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK), will include around 12 songs and will be mixed at Backstage in January. A mid-2010 release via an as-yet-undetermined record label is expected.
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.
Dr. Mikannibal of Japanese metallers Sigh is sharing her Habanero Gyudon recipe with the world in the new cookbook "Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook." The book, which was put together by Annick "Morbid Chef" Giroux, is now available from Bazillion Points Books. "Hellbent For Cooking" features 101 entries from 32 countries and includes entries from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Anthrax, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, EyeHateGod, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Melechesh, Cauldron, Uriah Heep, and more. About 30% of the entries are vegetarian. More info on the cookbook can be found at this location.
Peter Baltes, the bass player of German heavy metal legends Accept, has posted an update regarding the bands new studio album. The message reads as follows:
"Just an update to everyone. Accept just started recording a new studio album in England. We are very excited and love our new singer, Mark Tornillo. Andy Sneap (producer), who just finished with MEGADETH, is producing the album. If you want to know more please go to the Peter Baltes Fan Page on Facebook. I will be talking there often.
"Gotta go back recording. you all have a great rockin week." More...
GameDaily.com is reporting that the track listing for the upcoming heavy metal themed video game "Brutal Legend," which features the voice of Jack Black, has been revealed. The projected track listing can be viewed below. "Brutal Legend" is set to be released on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe. More...
Read the full article at GameDaily.com.
German heavy metal legends Accept have announced that they will be returning this year with former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo. The band will be releasing a new studio album this year with a world tour to accompany it. You can check out an audio sample of the new lineup performing the classic song, "Balls To The Wall" by heading to their official website.
The band lineup is now as follows:
Mark Tornillo - Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann - Guitars
Herman Frank - Guitars
Peter Baltes - Bass
Stefan Schwarzmann - Drums
Fans of the legendary German heavy metal band Accept will be disapointed to hear that there will be no reunion with members Udo Dirkschneider and Stefan Kaufmann. The two are currently busy finishing up the new U.D.O. record which is entitled, "Dominator" and will be released on August 21st through AFM Records.
Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.
BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.
According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.
Guest musicians include:
Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)
Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)
André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)
01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)
Swedish metallers OPETH have issued the following update:
"A memorable evening for any OPETH fan took place on September 8th and 9th at the notorious Anchor Bar in central Stockholm, Sweden. Martin Mendez (bass), Axe [Martin Axenrot; drums] and Fredrik Åkesson [guitar] played a full-on heavy metal cover set fronted by Mats Levén [KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION]." The group's setlist was as follows (in no particular order):
01. Fast As A Shark (ACCEPT)
02. Disturbing The Priest (BLACK SABBATH)
03. Mob Rules (BLACK SABBATH)
04. Hole In The Sky (BLACK SABBATH)
05. Welcome Home (KING DIAMOND)
06. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (METALLICA)
07. Painkiller (JUDAS PRIEST)
08. Victim Of Changes (JUDAS PRIEST)
OPETH's "The Roundhouse Tapes" will be released as a high-definition-filmed DVD in early 2008. This will also feature lots of fan interviews, band interviews, soundcheck footage and live photos, along with exclusive menu music written by mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt and keyboardist Per Wiberg.
The cover artwork for OPETH's upcoming "The Roundhouse Tapes" double CD has been posted at this location. Due on October 22 via Peaceville, "'The Roundhouse Tapes' contains a captivating OPETH performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career," according to a press release. "You know what to expect from OPETH: unrivalled composition; seamless progressive dynamics and boundless atmosphere from the mellow to the incredibly heavy, all sealed with the unmistakable vocal presence of mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt."
Commented Åkerfeldt: "The Roundhouse concert will always be a very memorable gig for us for many reasons, but most importantly it caught the band at the peak of the 'Ghost Reveries' tour. I must say we're quite tight after 18 odd months on the road supporting the record. I'm extremely pleased we got it documented and I hope it will please our beloved fans as well. As an extra bonus we've decided to collaborate with one of our past labels for this release, the legendary Peaceville Records. Here's a toast to Hammy and Lisa for helping us back in the day as well as to the new team for preserving this pleasurable memory for today's music lovers as well as for generations to come."
"The Roundhouse Tapes" tracklisting:
02. Ghost Of Perdition
03. Under The Weeping Moon
05. Face Of Melinda
06. The Night And The Silent Water
02. Blackwater Park
03. Demon of the Fall
U.D.O., the German band led by legendary ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, will release a "best of" album on December 7 and the fans are invited to contribute to the song-selection process. To take part, send an e-mail with no more than three songs to email@example.com. The deadline is September 15.
U.D.O. and PRIMAL FEAR will team up for a European co-headlining tour this fall.
As previously reported, U.D.O. will embark on a North American tour in January/February 2008. It is not presently clear if this will be a package tour or a solo trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
U.D.O. recently signed with Coallier Entertainment (TWISTED SISTER, SEBASTIAN BACH, BELLADONNA, W.A.S.P.) in New York City for booking and is said to be "excited" to come back to America and Canada to play for the fans again.
Fan-filmed video footage of U.D.O. performing the ACCEPT classics "Restless and Wild" and "Son of a Bitch" at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8, 2007 in Sölvesborg, Sweden has been posted at YouTube.
U.D.O.'s new album, "Mastercutor", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 39 — the highest German chart position in the band's history.
"Mastercutor" was released on May 18 via AFM Records. Several extra songs were recorded for the CD, with different territories getting their own bonus cuts. The Japanese edition of the CD comes with the track "Man a King Ruler", the Russian album includes "Platchet Soldat", and both feature the song "Streets of Sin". The European limited-edition version of "Mastercutor" includes the songs "Borderline" and "Screaming Eagles".
Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.
Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.
The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.
Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...