CD review ACCEPT ‘Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017’

(8/10) German steelworkers Accept performed a special show at the famous Wacken open air in 2017. In front of more than 80,000 fans and a few thousands more watching the live stream, the quintet played one of the most challenging shows that band ever did.

There are a few things that made this concert to a special one. Not only that with ‘Die by the Sword’ a new track premiered that night, it was the collaboration with an entire symphonic orchestra that made August 3rd, 2017 to a unique one.

Now, the idea of fusing metal and classic isn’t new and releasing such a show some months later isn’t something unexpected either. However, what differentiates ‘Symphonic Terror – Live at Wacken 2017’ from some other releases is the professionalism. Throughout the entire show there wasn’t a moment where band an orchestra competed. There was enough space for both, leading to an extra level of density when it comes to power and sound.

The setstarted with some Accept song, mostly taken from the current era with thementioned ‘Die by the Sword’ as premier and starting point. The songs are kept quite metallic before the orchestra gains momentum in the middle section of this release. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann has a passion for classical music, manifested by his latest solo release ‘Headbanger’s Symphony’. The album was based on famous compositions of Beethoven, Vivaldi and other composers, mixed with heavy guitars and slightly re-arranged. Having a symphonic orchestra on stage at Wacken offered a unique opportunity to also present some of the tracks live. The middle part lasers in on these songs and interpretations of ‘Scherzo’ are very well done.

In the last third of the show it’s the Accept classics that bring back pure metal. The orchestra is still present, but it’s the heaviness of Accept that dominates. ‘Fast as a Shark’, ‘Balls to the Wall’ and ‘Metal Heart’ are great songs which get seven denser with the support of the orchestra.

As you can see, the base for this review is the CD version. Of course there is the DVD/Blu-ray too which will intensive the experience. All in all it’s to conclude that ‘Symphonic Terror – Live in Wacken 2017’ isn’t revolutionary. However, the release is professional and entertaining, both being the most important factor with these kind of albums and much better than another Accept live album in the typical fashion.

The DVD/CD brings the Wacken show right to your living room, but recognising the positive feedback Accept also added some more ‘Symphonic Terror’-shows to the touring plan. There is a chance to get the live feeling first hand and HERE are the dates.


(8/10)

Tracklist:
1. Die By The Sword 5:31
2. Restless And Wild 4:31
3. Koolaid 5:05
4. Pandemic 6:00
5. Final Journey 5:18
6. Night On Bald Mountain 7:08
7. Scherzo 5:28
8. Romeo And Juliet 5:46
9. Pathetique 5:56
10. Double Cello Concerto in G Minor 3:40
11. Symphony No. 40 in G Minor 4:38
12. Princess Of The Dawn 7:36
13. Stalingrad 6:21
14. Dark Side Of My Heart 4:40
15. Breaker 4:30
16. Shadow Soldiers 6:00
17. Dying Breed 5:45
18. Fast As A Shark 4:51
19. Metal Heart
20. Teutonic Terror
21. Balls to the Wall



Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: November 23rd, 2018

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