Accept have been tearing up the metal scene since their self titled debut in 1979. They are responsible for one of my favorite albums ever, 1982's Restless & Wild, and they scored a mega-hit with "Balls To The Wall" in 1983. They are one of Europe's best contributions to the metal genre, yet still feel unappreciated. It would be fair to say their time has come and gone, but to ignore their recent resurgence would be criminal. Since 2010 the band has been reunited and kicking ass with new singer Mark Tornillo (ex-TT Quick) on Blood Of The Nations, Stalingrad and on the recently released Blind Rage.

The record opens up with "Stampede" that plants Blind Rage in Accept's familiar gray area somewhere between speed metal and the classic NWOBHM sound. Tornillo is clearly at home on his third record with the band and sounds like a mix of original Accept singer, Udo Dirkschneider and AC/DC's Brian Johnson. "Dying Breed" is the second track and acts as a tribute to the history of heavy metal with references to Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Saxon, Motorhead and many more. It is pretty corny, but I fucking love the shamelessness, and the chorus is super catchy.

Catchy is the key on Blind Rage. Nearly every song has a memorable enough chorus that I can just look at the track list and sing the hook for almost every song. There is definitely a power metal quality to this record, but some of the fluff is what makes it such an endearing listen. Even slower songs like "Fall Of The Empire" draw you in before it comes to a close. Every time I think I have a favorite track, it changes the next time I listen.

Blind Rage continues the streak of great records since Accept's reunion and more than earns it's place in their discography. Now if I could just figure out why there is a bull on the cover.