Blood of the Nations
Company: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Eric Compton
This is a tough pill to swallow. I really love this new album, yet as good as it is, it doesn’t assuage the fact that Udo should be singing these songs. We know the traumatic effects of a Udo led Accept, thus the inevitable break-ups through the years that eventually led to Mark Tornillo (T.T. Quick) becoming the full-time vocalist in 2009. The line-up of Baltes, Frank, Hoffman and Schwarzmann is astounding as a package with Andy Sneap’s high yielding production standards. ‘Blood of the Nations’ has the Teutonic metal fury we’ve come to know and adore from these Germans. Highlights are the gang-led choruses of “Beat the Bastards Down”, “Teutonic Terror” and the spirited “Blood of the Nations”. Tornillo nails that high raspy delivery perfectly and, based on this recording alone, would have been my obvious choice as the replacement. With all that said, I still feel damn shameful playing it for some reason.
About this Writer:Eric Compton
// Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.