First impressions, A Friday Two-fer: Accept & Dio

Accept, Blood of the Nations

I picked this album up a few weeks ago, the band’s first with new vocalist Mark Tornillo, after having gotten its follow-up, Stalingrad, back in late December. Between the two, BotN got the better reviews. And while I prefer Stalingrad,  this is every bit the balls-to-the-wall metal album that one was. The more rocking songs are my favorites — “Rolling Thunder,” “Pandemic,” “No Shelter,” and “Bucket Full of Hate.” The latter is quite the interesting tune, as it starts off with the tinkling of a music box before it explodes into a full-on metal blitzkrieg. It was quite evocative of Metallica’s “Fight Fire With Fire,” with that song’s classical guitar intro. You could probably say “No Shelter” is the more biting cousin of Stalingrad‘s “Revolution,” with its slow-burning tale of a swindler getting his comeuppance. Worth the money? Yes, indeed.

 

Dio, The Last In Line

What can be said about this one that hasn’t already been said? More great metal from the ’80s, with those crunchy guitars, pounding drums and that voice. Lots of good stuff here, including “I Speed At Night” — which will make you want to speed both during the day and at night — “One Night in the City,” and “We Rock.” Favorite song, though, remains that oh-so-epic title track, with that subdued intro and its explosion into a full-on metal anthem. You people who know that song know exactly what I mean. “We are coming….hooooooome! We’re off to the witch, we may never, never, never come home…” Yeah. Between this album, Metallica’s Ride the Lightning, Iron Maiden’s Powerslave, and Queensryche’s The Warning, 1984 was a damn fine year for metal.

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