Blind Rage (album)

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Blind Rage
Studio album by Accept
Released August 15, 2014 (2014-08-15)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 58:34
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Andy Sneap
Accept chronology
Stalingrad
(2012)
Blind Rage
(2014)

Blind Rage is the fourteenth studio album by German heavy metal band Accept. It was released on August 15, 2014 on Nuclear Blast Records.[1] The album debuted at number 1 on the German albums chart.[2]

Background[edit]

The album's title and cover artwork were revealed in early April 2014. At the same time, it was announced that the album was due to be released on July 18, 2014.[3] However, this would later be pushed back to August 15, 2014.[1]

The band has announced a touring schedule to promote the album. Several US dates are scheduled in mid-September 2014.[4] Following that, the band will tour Europe in September and October 2014.[5] Several Australian shows are also scheduled for November 2014.[4]

The album's lead single, "Stampede" was released on July 11, 2014. A video, directed by Greg Aronowitz, was also made for the song. It features the band performing at the Devil's Punchbowl in the California desert.[6][7] On August 13, 2014, a lyric video was released for "Final Journey".[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10[9]

Gregory Heaney of Allmusic commented that the album was like a guard dog on a short leash; "restrained, but still dangerous, as if at any moment things could break bad and spin out of control."[8]

Ray Van Horn, Jr. of Blabbermouth.net gave a favorable review of the album. He cited it as proof that Accept are still "masters of their trade, no matter who holds the mike." Van Horn also opined that a couple songs on the album reference moments from earlier in the band's career, notably Balls to the Wall and Metal Heart.[9]

Blind Rage debuted at number one on the German charts, making it the band's first number one debut in their career.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Peter Baltes, Wolf Hoffmann and Mark Tornillo[11]

No. Title Length
1. "Stampede"   5:14
2. "Dying Breed"   5:21
3. "Dark Side of My Heart"   4:37
4. "Fall of the Empire"   5:45
5. "Trail of Tears"   4:08
6. "Wanna Be Free"   5:37
7. "200 Years"   4:30
8. "Bloodbath Mastermind"   5:59
9. "From the Ashes We Rise"   5:43
10. "The Curse"   6:28
11. "Final Journey"   5:02
Total length:
62:25

Personnel[edit]

All credits adapted from liner notes[11]

Band
Production
  • Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap[1]
  • Artwork and layout by Dan Goldsworthy
Chart (2014) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "ACCEPT's 'Blind Rage' Album Pushed Back To August; More Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. May 15, 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Accept's 'Blind Rage' Tops German Chart". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Accept to Release 'Blind Rage' in July; Cover Artwork Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. April 12, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Accept: "Final Journey" Lyric Video Released". bravewords.com. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Accept Announces 'Blind Rage 2014' European Headlining Tour". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. April 17, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Video Premiere: Accept's "Stampede"". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. June 26, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Bowar, Chad (July 1, 2014). "Accept Utilize Picturesque Scenery for New 'Stampede' Video". Loudwire.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory (2014). "Accept: Blind Rage". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Van Horn Jr., Ray. "Accept - "Blind Rage"". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  10. ^ "ACCEPT's 'Blind Rage' Tops German Chart". Blabbermouth.net. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Blind Rage Liner notes. Nuclear Blast Records. 2014. p. 14. 
  12. ^ "Accept – Blind Rage". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.