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Accept – Metal Blast From The Past DVD Review

Released by: Drakkar Ent

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Heavy Metal

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Line Up:

Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals

Stefan Kaufmann – Drums

Peter Baltes – Bass

Wolf Hoffmann – Guitar

Jrg Fischer – Guitar


Live in Osaka 1985

01. Metal Heart

02. Breaker

03. Screaming For A Love-Bite

04. Up To The Limit

05. Living For Tonite

06. Princess Of The Dawn

07. Restless And Wild

08. Son Of A Bitch

09. London Leatherboys

10. Fast As A Shark

11. Balls To The Wall

12. Outro (Bound To Fail)

Live in Sophia 1993

01. Slaves To Metal

02. Objection Overruled

03. Bulletproof

If there ever was a metal band that represented the true spirit of the genre, you would have to search no further then the German metal band Accept. Formed in the late 70’s by the metal heart of Udo Dirkschneider. The band has not only been a staple of metal throughout the world, but they we’re one of the first bands to to play role in the develop of the “speed” metal genre. Throughout almost 40 years the band has manage to remain relevant, despite the fact that their music never hit a commercial rhythm here in the North America.

In a surprise turn of events after their main man Udo left the band, following their disbandment in 1997 and brief resurrection in 2005, they reunited in 2009 with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider. They went on to release the killer “Blood of Nations”, making one of the biggest selling Accept albums ever.

The point of focus here is the recently release career retrospect DVD/CD package of Accept – Metal Blast From The Past. Few live video perfromance have ever been released by the band, othern then then music videos. In this package you have a ton of video footage which starts by the Live Video in Osaka in 1985 featuring a 12 track performance, 7 videos from the band from their career, a short  song set from the famous Sophia venue in 1993 added by complete band bios, and full discography with lyrics of all their releases. Ohh but you thought that was it no sir you the disc doubles up  as a cd audio on the reverse side offering some bonus unreleased tracks by the band . A full package for sure and with that amount of stuff offered I wondered if the video and sound quality could live up to the overall body?

The DVD opens up with the The Staying A Life documentary, which features a live Osaka, Japan concert filmed in 1985, is the main feature of this package. Let’s point out the bad here right off the bat, the actual documentary is very informative and includes some nice features. The live footage however feels a bit grainy and you don’t get the complete 12 song performance either. Each song seems like it’s interrupted by a a voice over narrator explaining some facts about the band…a damn shame because the live set shows Accept at it’s prime kicking ass and taking names. Some other highlights of the live show are “Restless and Wild”, “Fast As A Shark” and their biggest hit “Balls To The Walls”.

The seven videos being fair in quality and on the early “I’m A Rebel” video you have a very young Udo not featured in army attire yet, and looking very young maybe in his teens. One cool feature is the complete set of lyrics behind each album discography of the band, plus your customary behind the scene. The Audio CD has surprisingly good sound quality for a bunch of demo and unreleased songs which made me bump up the score a bit more then I otherwise would despite the not so sharp at all video and sound quality.

Again despite the overall abundance of goodies, I can’t help but but be a bit disappointed with the video and audio mastering as it feels as if it weren’t mastered to begin with. While is nice to see some live footage from the band as they have been long hailed as one of the icons of Metal…….I think a true higher quality video package should be released if they ever reunite with Udo once more. This particular set is actually a reissue of the same package back in 2006, this time released by Music Video Distribution Group.

Some final liner notes for long time Accept fans I would recommend to simply judge on your own before buying, the amount of material against the video quality even if it’s recycled and not pristine sharp as there is not much live footage from the band. Is a nice career retrospect and one which the most devoted fans should enjoy despite it’s flaws.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys   6/10

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