Thursday, May 19, 2011
Accept - Blood of the Nations (2010)
According to my recollection, Blood of the Nations was met with much acclaim, hailed as Accept's return to the metal world. After all, the band released their last album in 1996, so that was, what, 14 years? It was too long, and the support for it was well deserved. The most surprising thing about the album is the production by Andy Sneap, who is known for his work on numerous metal albums today. I would have never expected Sneap to work with Accept; nevertheless, his production is perfect for the band because it gives the songs the power and drive that they need to smash heads and take no prisoners. This ain't your grandma's music.
I won't bore you with descriptions of how each individual instrument sounds, but each link well to the Accept backlog. I wouldn't predict anything less from a veteran band like Accept (Tornillo is a metal veteran as well... T.T. Quick formed in '84). Think of classic Accept on steroids, but way heavier and punchier with rampant double bass on a few songs. When all is said and done, the band prove that the old guys can run with the new guys. I can only hope that the mainstream takes more notice of Blood of the Nations, slotting it with current metal playlists (let's burn the metalcore and deathcore bands first, though!!). It would be fantastic to hear tracks off this album on a local radio station, but that's probably wishful thinking. Oh wait, maybe it isn't. I've played a track or two from this album on my radio show before.
Do yourself a favor and run to your local record store as soon as possible and pick this album up (provided they have it, less than likely). You won't regret it, and you'll be supporting one of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. I won't hesitate to say that this record truly encompasses what metal is all about.