Heavy Metal legends ACCEPT will release their new album Blind Rage in North America on August 19th. The influential group’s 14th studio album was produced by renowned audio engineer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Napalm Death, Opeth) and is the follow-up to 2012’s Stalingrad, which debuted at #81 on the Billboard Top 200chart and was hailed as a “brilliant“ record that “the traditional metalhead will really cherish“ by Goldmine Magazine.
“Whatever we do on record, it’s there for eternity,” says ACCEPT guitarist & long-time songwriter Wolf Hoffmann. “If you do something great it’s not something people throw away tomorrow. Songs we wrote 30 years ago are still loved by fans today. That teaches you to be careful with what you release and make sure you like it yourself. With Blind Rage, we have a collection of songs with the classic ACCEPT feel, and – as always – there’s an overriding theme of aggression and rage in our music. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be metal.”
The band recently filmed a video for the track “Stampede,” which will make its online premiere this summer.
Built around the songwriting nucleus of Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes, ACCEPT’s beginnings can be traced back to the late 1970s. The German band played a pivotal role in the development of speed and thrash metal, which emerged in the early to mid-1980s. Along with Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, ACCEPT has delivered an undeniable impact on the global metal scene by writing & performing an innovative, pioneering body of work which include some of the most influential metal albums of all time, including 1982’s Restless and Wild (which debuted “Fast As A Shark,” the first speed metal song ever put to tape), 1984’s Balls To The Wall (the group’s most well-known song to date which has become a worldwide metal anthem) and 1985’s Metal Heart. ACCEPT’s premier status as ambassadors of the genre has led to pop culture crossover into film (The Wrestler), television (Justified; Beavis and Butthead), and the video games realm (Grand Theft Auto, Guitar Hero). ACCEPT’s popularity and status as one of the world’s exemplary heavy metal bands has allowed them to flourish for decades with no sign of slowing down. The band’s two previous albums – Blood of the Nations (2010) and Stalingrad (2012) – have charted internationally, topping both critic and fan polls in the process.
The track listing for Blind Rage is:
02.) Dying Breed
03.) Dark Side Of My Heart
04.) Fall Of The Empire
05.) Trail Of Tears
06.) Wanna Be Free
07.) 200 Years
08.) Bloodbath Mastermind
09.) From The Ashes We Rise
10.) The Curse
11.) Final Journey
ACCEPT will promote Blind Rage with a European headlining tour which will kick off on September 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to the overseas tour launch, the band will perform a series of exclusive U.S. live performances in mid-September in Las Vegas, New York City, and a show at the historic Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California where ACCEPT will be joined by special guests Metal Church and Raven for what promises to be an evening of extraordinary metallic proportions.
The upcoming exclusive ACCEPT shows and their line-ups are as follows:
09/11/14 Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA – with METAL CHURCH
09/12/14 Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, CA – with METAL CHURCH & RAVEN (advanced tickets HERE)
09/13/14 Count’s Vamp’d – Las Vegas, NV – ACCEPT only
09/15/14 The Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY – with RAVEN
Pre-order Blind Rage bundles – which include a shirt with exclusive artwork + a poster & photo card – can be purchased now at the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop.