Accept-ional debut for T.T. Quick singer

When an established band brings a new singer on board, the instant chemistry can spark a heavy metal classic: Ronnie James Dio joining Black Sabbath and creating the masterful "Heaven And Hell" album, and Brian Johnson taking over AC/DC after Bon Scott's death and creating the classic "Back In Black."

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This is another of those magical metal moments, where Accept, the 1980s German rockers, join forces with singer Mark Tornillo, whose band T.T. Quick scored a minor hit with a cover of Credence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" but never made it big. The result is a memorable album that surpasses the best of what Accept has done to date.

From the opening power chords of "Beat The ... " to the closing bars of "Bucket Full Of Hate," the new Accept cranks out some of the best heavy metal in years - even though it's been 14 years since their last album - on the band's newest release, "Blood of the Nations." The disc alternates between speed metal and slowed-down, chunky power chords, infused throughout with melody that you wouldn't expect in something this hard and heavy. And they pay full homage to their past: the moaning "Oh-oh-oh" choruses that worked so well on the band's biggest hit "... To The Wall" are here again on "Teutonic Terror" and other tracks.

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

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