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Accept: Blood Of The Nations

Accept feel restless and wild once more.

Can Accept do it? Can they match – or even exceed – the hallowed

Witness the berserker metal of Teutonic Terror and its ‘We will give them the axe!’ refrain for proof – castles, swords, galloping horses, it’s got the freaking lot. And then we have the head-banging Shades of Death, the Fast As A Shark thrash-o-thon that is Locked & Loaded and contagious chug of Pandemic (‘It’s a metal disease’ don’tcha know…).

Tornillo’s not quite an Udo clone – he lacks that sinister, clipped Germanic phrasing – but he wears his (metal) heart on his sleeve and delivers asuitably balls-to-the-wall performance (sorry ’bout that…).

In a nutshell, as far as returns to form go, this is stupendously strong.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.