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."

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