I’ve been a big Accept fan practically since I was an embryo, so when I heard about this new release, the band’s first studio album since 1996’s Predator, I was ecstatic. And then I found out who the new singer is… I’m sure that there are some who would argue that Wolf Hoffmann’s riffs are just as important to Accept as Udo “Bastard!!” Dirkschneider’s trademark vocals, and that might even be true. But no matter who else is left, without Udo this isn’t Accept. Okay, former TT Quick squealer Mark Tornillo does his best Udo imitation, which is passable most of the time (and probably the best of the guys-who-are-not-Udo Accept vocalists) despite him not being German, and musically this is well done, except for when it ventures too far away from Heavy Metal and into sappy Hard Rock territory. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that these guys are still making music and don’t have to work at Burger Reich or whatever, but I have a feeling (hope, actually) that this is going to be an Iron Maiden / Judas Priest kind of situation, where the band releases a couple albums with a scab singer before making a big deal of reuniting with the guy everyone actually wants to hear.
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