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I don’t want to sound like a cynical jabroni, but after seeing dozens of “old school” bands re-unite only to phone it in and rake in the dough, I have a tendency to be a bit apprehensive when it comes to seeing classic bands from the 80’s in 2011.
My hopes were high for Accept, though, as their first full-length in 14 years, “Blood Of The Nations,” brings it hard, adding a little more thrash to their already awesome onslaught of rock n’ roll fury. Their new vocalist, Mark Tornillo (who takes the place of Udo Dirkschneider) blew me away, so I couldn’t wait to check out the newly re-formed German legends in the flesh.
Let me just say that these dudes do not disappoint! Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann stunned the jam-packed El Corazon crowd last night, as he traded off solos with bassist Peter Baltes. One look around the venue and you could tell everyone was having a blast as they chanted the words to both their hits (yknow… “Balls To The Wall”), and their new songs, a feat not often accomplished by “reunion” bands. And by the looks and sounds of things, Accept is not just a “reunion” band. It’s obvious that these five metal gods have the fury within themselves to continue on for many years to come. These guys have more energy at 50 + than half the young bands I see today.
If you missed out on Accept, well, that’s a bummer, but don’t fret. You have a chance to redeem yourself and see another classic German metal band at the same time.
Tomorrow night, the almighty Destruction will be crashing through town and performing live at Studio Seven. They might not be quite as old school as Accept, but in the 80’s, Destruction was considered one of the “big three” of German thrash, alongside Kreator and Sodom. Listening to their brand new album, “Day Of Reckoning” is like a windmill kick to the stomach – fast, devastating and very memorable. This will be my first time seeing Destruction, so come join in the pit and show a hall-of-fame worthy band just how Seattle does it.