Can you believe it? Accept is back! Now that’s pretty cool, you have to admit. To me Accept was always extremely hit or miss. Some of their stuff like the Balls to the Wall album are killer and others like Eat the Heat are pure stinkers but the amazing songs stick in your mind like thunderbolts going off.

I was a little worried when they announced that their new record Blood of the Nations wouldn’t include Udo Dirkschneider on vocals though as he was always a key recognizable member of the group. But all worries were put to the side with the first listen to former TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo behind the mic. Christ, this guy can totally belt and has a perfect voice to match the traditional German metal sounds of Accept.

And of course these guys are old. Granted, they haven’t written together in like a decade and a half so there was a little gap to get refreshed, but I was hoping to not get an adult rock record like the Scorpions cranked out over the last decade or so. And this isn’t, by far. The riffs are immense and the hooks are undeniable. From start to finish the album sounds like a band having a lot of fun with some unfinished business to take care of. I don’t know if I can say this album is better than Balls to the Wall because that’s a classic, but honestly, this is close. How many bands that formed in the 60s can you possibly say are putting out maybe their best work five decades later? None.

So do you want to hear it on disc and live? Well then, we have something that totally kicks ass for you to win. If you win our contest you get the new disc Blood of the Nations signed by the band, a poster and a pair of tickets to the U.S. show of your choosing. How fucking awesome is that?

Al l you have to do is e-mail me by the end of the day on Friday and include your name, the concert you wish to get tickets for (from the list below) and the reason why Accept rocks your balls off (ladies same concept, no balls). I will pick the best reason and they will be the winner.

The list of dates to choose from is below (sorry, none are confirmed yet for the west coast):

9/23 Poughkeepsie, NY: The Chance
9/24 Baltimore, MD: Ram’s Head Live
9/25 Sayreville, NJ: The Starland Ballroom
9/29 Foxboro, MA: Showcase Live
10/1 Reading, PA: The Silo
10/2 Mt Clemens, MI: The Emerald Theatre
10/6 Middletown, WI: Scatz
10/8 Cleveland, OH: The Agora Ballroom
10/9 St. Charles, IL: The Arcada
10/12 Dallas, TX: House of Blues
10/13 Houston, TX: House of Blues

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Dave Steed

Dave Steed is all about music; 80's and metal to be exact. His iPod will shuffle from Culture Club to Slayer and he won't blink an eye. He's never heard Astral Weeks but thinks "Dazzey Duks" by Duice is the bomb. It's an odd little corner of the world he lives in.

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