Accept - Restless and Live album review

German metal masters strike hard and heavy

Cover art for Accept's Restless and Live album

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Since their return in 2009, with Mark Tornillo on vocals, Accept have been going through a fine period. Not only have studio albums been of a very high quality, but their live shows have been raging too. So, it’s always been inevitable there would be a live release to capture this era.

Thankfully, Restless And Live is the band at their best. Recorded and filmed at Bang Your Head! in 2015, Accept rise to the occasion with a full-on burst of power. As soon as they launch into the opening joust of Stampede and Stalingrad, you know this is going to be a glorious jamboree. Tornillo eases confidently into his role, dismissing all comparisons to his distinguished predecessor, Udo Dirkschneider. But the real driving force here is the obvious spark between guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes. These founder members revel in each other’s talent. The setlist has a thought-through balance between new material and the inevitable classics, with Restless And Wild and Fast As A Shark absolutely spellbinding. Available in various CD/DVD/Blu-ray/vinyl formats, this is pure metal joy.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He died in 2021