JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

May 7, 2011
The Scout Bar
Houston, TX USA
Review by Andy Laudano
Photos by Andy Laudano

Accept - Accept, King's X, Sabaton

German metal icons, Accept made their way to Houston for the last date on their successful Blood of the Nations 2011 U.S. tour. Support came from one of Sweden's top up and coming metal acts, Sabaton.

Although they had been well received on the tour so far, especially the previous night in San Antonio, Sabaton were completely blown away by the reception they got in Houston. Fans were chanting the band's name before they came onstage and continued to do so throughout their set. "Thank you America!" was all that an overwhelmed frontman Joakim Broden could say in response. Sabaton continued to feed off the crowds energy and return it tenfold. The entire time the smiles never left their faces. It was hard to tell who was having a better time, them or the fans.

For those who are unfamiliar with Sabaton, nearly all of their catalog is based on historical events. Listening to Sabaton is like getting a world history lesson - in metal! Highlights included "Ghost Division," "Attero Dominatus," "Uprising," "Cliffs of Gallipoli" and "Primo Victoria." After finishing with the medley of "Metal Machine/Metal Crue," Sabaton decided to do something special for the supportive Houston crowd and gave away their drumkit! Several fans went home with some of the best concert souvenirs ever.

Following a freak accident the night before where guitarist Herman Frank fell onstage and broke some ribs, Accept was forced to go on as a four piece. Frontman Mark Tornillo, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann, bassist Peter Baltes and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann were more than up to the challenge as Accept delivered another killer two hour show.

Although Frank's presence and second guitar were missed, Hoffmann put on a guitar clinic playing both parts flawlessly. Newest member, former T.T. Quick singer Tornillo fits this band like a glove. Never has a replacement singer been a better fit for a band. Their comeback album with Tornillo, Blood of the Nation is as good as anything Accept has done in the past and songs like "Teutonic Terror," "Bucket Full of Hate" and "Pandemic" fit in with the classic material seamlessly. Other highlights included "Starlight," "Metal Heart," "Neon Nights," "Up to the Limit" and the song that helped start the thrash/speed metal movement "Fast as A Shark."

Since this was the last night of their tour with Accept, Sabaton decided to have a little fun. During Accept's epic "Princess of the Dawn" Sabaton came back onstage wearing "princess" costumes, complete with pink dresses, tiaras, wands and sashes with words like DIVA written across them! Poor Mark Tornillo couldn't keep a straight face and nearly busted out laughing as they danced behind him. But that wasn't the only prank pulled that night. During the final encore, "Balls to the Wall" Sabaton released about twenty beach balls into the crowd which ended up bombarding Accept onstage throughout the song.

This was by far the most fun I've had at a concert in a long time and well worth the five hour road trip. If you have a chance to see either of these fantastic bands in the future, do it! You won't regret it.

Accept Setlist:
Teutonic Terror
Bucket Full of Hate
Starlight
Breaker
New World Comin'
Restless and Wild
Amamos la vida
Monsterman
Metal Heart
Neon Nights
Bulletproof
Losers and Winners
Aiming High
Princess of the Dawn
Up to the Limit
No Shelter

Encore:
Fast as a Shark
Pandemic
Balls to the Wall