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Formed: 1971
From: Solingen, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Accept news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Accept Confirms Festival Appearance

Recently regrouped heavy metallers Accept has announced its participation for next year's edition of the Helsinki Metal Meeting, set to take place February 17-19, 2011 at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland. The band are scheduled to appear on Saturday, February 19. More artists will be announced on October 25 and tickets for the event will go on sale on November 1.

Accept are currently on tour in support of its 2010 album "Blood of the Nations."

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Accept Announces European Headline Tour

Accept, the reformed German metal legends, has announced the dates for it's forthcoming headlining tour of Europe. The tour will be in support of the band's latest studio offering "Blood Of The Nations" which was released on September 14, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Accept European tour dates:
Jan. 14 - Osnabrück, Germany - Halle Gartlage
Jan. 15 - Kassel, Germany - Outback
Jan. 16 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof ter Lo
Jan. 18 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Jan. 19 - Biarritz, France - L'Attabal
Jan. 21 - Madrid, Spain - La Rivera
Jan. 22 - Pamplona, Spain - Totem
Jan. 23 - Barcelona, Spain - Apollo
Jan. 25 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Jan. 27 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini
Jan. 28 - Tuttlingen, Germany - Stadthalle
Jan. 29 - Geiselwind, Germany - Eventcentrum Strohofer
Jan. 31 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA
Feb. 01 - Wien, Austria - Arena
Feb. 02 - Budapest, Hungary - Diesel
Feb. 04 - Katowice, Poland - [to be announced]
Feb. 05 - Warsaw, Poland - [to be announced]
Feb. 06 - Gdansk, Poland - [to be announced]
Feb. 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Große Freiheit
Feb. 09 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Feb. 10 - München, Germany - Tonhalle
Feb. 12 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe
Feb. 13 - Athens, Greece - Fuzz Club

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Accept Announces In-Store Appearance

Reformed German heavy metal icons Accept have announced an in-store appearance for the band's forthcoming tour stop in Cleveland, Ohio. Accept will be signing autographs at The Exchange on October 8, 2010 from 6 until 7 P.M.

The Exchange
6271 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, Ohio 44130

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Accept To Stream Los Angeles Concert Online

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.

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Sunday Old School: Accept

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...

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Accept Enters German Albums Chart

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!"

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Accept Announces First Leg of North American Tour

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...

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Accept Announces Loud Park Appearance

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:
Stone Sour
Dir En Grey
Amon Amarth

Sunday, October 17:
Ozzy Osbourne
Avenged Sevenfold
Spiritual Beggars
Five Finger Death Punch
3 Inches of Blood
Trash Talk

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Andy Sneap Joins Accept On Stage In London

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...

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Accept Reveals New Album Release Dates

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.

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ProgPower USA XI Lineup Announced

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...

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Accept Posts New Music Video Online

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...

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Accept Reveals New Album Title

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.

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Accept In-Studio Video Footage Posted Online

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.

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Sigh Vocalist Appears In Heavy Metal Cookbook

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.

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Accept Bassist Checks In From The Studio

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...

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"Brutal Legend" Track Listing Revealed

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.

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Accept Returns With New Singer Mark Tornillo

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

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U.D.O. Management Denies Accept Reunion Rumours

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.

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

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:


Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)


Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)


Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
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
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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