September 13, 2014
Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar & Grill
Las Vegas, NV USA
Review by Dave Gray
Photos by Dave Gray
Accept 'Stampedes' Into Sin City
German metal masters Accept stopped in the USA for only four nights on this current tour, one night being in Las Vegas, Nevada. Supporting their new CD Blind Rage the band arrived at Count's Vamp'd to perform before a standing room only audience.
The five piece band, consisting of original members Wolf Hoffman and Peter Baltes, fired up a high energy set list comprised of hits from recent CDs with their current singer Mark Tornillo, and past CDs with former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider. Opening with "Stampede" the band shifted between cuts from the newer CDs and the classics throughout the set. Some of the newer tracks tonight included "Stalingrad," "200 Years," "Pandemic" and "From The Ashes We Rise." Although these tracks receive little airplay from US radio, every new track played tonight had true heavy-metal music chemistry. This stuff is loud and proud with lots of guitars and lots of (crowd can sing-along) choruses.
Now, onto the classics from the MTV Headbanger's years, that's what I came to hear. "Restless and Wild, "Losers and Winners" and a fresh version of "Princess of the Dawn" were performed with the same intensity that spawned the metal thrash scene in the early 1980s. The combination of Hoffmann's classical guitar techniques and Herman Frank's solid rhythm guitar is a rarity today in what's left of yesteryear's metal scene.
As the night wore into the midnight hour, Hoffmann and Baltes crossed axes during "No Shelter" as a guitar/bass duel broke out. Of course, the night and two-hour plus set would not be complete without the classics "Fast as a Shark" and "Balls to the Wall" as enders.
I don't ever remember Accept coming to the Dallas metropolis, so I feel grateful that I finally got to witness one of the great classic metal bands at a time when it seems that they are really at the top of their game. Hoffman and Baltes seem to be in great physical and mental shape and have put together a great band to tour the world with. And as an added bonus, I got to hear a metal version of "Fur Elise." Who could ask for more?