Mark Tornillo

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Mark Tornillo
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Tornillo performs in 2015.
Background information
Born (1954-06-08) June 8, 1954 (age 63)
Origin Brielle, New Jersey, United States
Genres Heavy metal
Speed metal
Thrash metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984–present
Labels Nuclear Blast
Associated acts T.T. Quick

Mark Tornillo (born 8 June 1954 in Brielle, New Jersey) is an American vocalist best known for serving as the frontman of the heavy metal band Accept. He joined the band officially in May 2009 as Udo Dirkschneider's replacement. He is additionally a songwriter.

Career and style[edit]

Tornillo has appeared on three albums with the band to date: Blood of the Nations (2010), Stalingrad (2012) and Blind Rage (2014). As well as singing, he's also been a songwriter.[1]

Before he joined Accept, Tornillo was in the group T.T. Quick.[2] The band arose from the fertile club scene in Tornillo's native New Jersey and picked up enough of a following to successfully tour across the state as well as play in New York. His vocals appeared on multiple releases by the band in the 1980s and 1990s. Although T.T. Quick folded around the turn of the millennium, it eventually reunited in May 2013 at a Rock N' Roll Heaven and the Old Bridge Metal Militia's concert serving as a charity fundraiser, helping the victims of Superstorm Sandy.[3]

After joining with Accept, Tornillo has since made a guest appearance on the release White Devil Armory.[1] The seventeenth studio album by the metal group Overkill, it came out on July 21, 2014.[4]

Despite the fact that Tornillo replaced him, vocalist Dirkschneider has praised the other singer, stating that even if Tornillo "has problems" with "the old songs" he "has a good voice" and a method of "singing different".[5] In a review for Blind Rage, music critic Gregory Heaney remarked that "with Tornillo on vocals, Accept still sound the way you remember them sounding when they were at the height of their power". He concluded that "even the lapsed, Balls to the Wall-era metalheads out there will feel as though they're picking up with the band right where they left off."[6]

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