Accept Working On “Heavy And Dark” New Album

During a recent appearance on the “Rock On The Rise” podcast, Mark Tornillo offered an update on the new Accept album. The singer said the band are about “nine songs in” and that the new material is “heavy and dark.”

Tornillo said the following:

“When this [coronavirus pandemic] first started, I had been back and forth to Nashville a few times — or a couple of times, anyway — working with [guitarist] Wolf [Hoffmann]. And when they found out that the JUDAS PRIEST tour was getting canceled also, [longtime ACCEPT producer] Andy [Sneap, who plays guitar for JUDAS PRIEST] had some free time, so Andy went to Nashville. So I went back, and we damn near recorded the whole new album.”

“We’re nine songs in. They’re not all complete… We’ve written, I would say, somewhere around 15 or 16 songs, so that’s what we actually got to record. There are some rhythm tracks done on some of the other ones, but I didn’t get to sing them. And some things, I think, might actually be complete, which Andy may be mixing at this moment. But there’s talks of us dropping a single this summer and hopefully getting this thing out by Christmas, if possible. We’ll see how that plays out.”

“There’s gonna be some surprisingly really good shit on this record… They’re my children at this point, so I’m kind of proud of ’em. We’ll see how they turn out. We’ll see what they grow up to be… There’s gonna be some different kind of things on this one — heavy and dark.”

He also added the following about the departure of bassist Peter Baltes:

“We kind of knew it was coming. He was unhappy for, I’m gonna say, a couple of years — from ‘Blind Rage’ [2014] on. And, really, nobody could get a grip on why or what was going on. We were touring, and he’d be staying away from everybody. It was kind of weird. So we had a kind of feeling that something was gonna happen. I think he and Wolf and Gaby [Hoffmann, ACCEPT’s longtime manager and Wolf’s wife] might have actually been talking about it at the time, but nobody saw it coming like that. We got blindsided.

“This is the first [album] without him playing bass, and it’s also the first album without him as a writer. So the weight of the whole thing pretty much falls upon Wolf and I, relying on the other guys for help. And Gaby” — also known throughout the ’80s by the mysterious alias “Deaffy” — “still has her two cents in there sometimes, which she does. I write all the lyrics at this point, but I still rely on her for some lyrical ideas, and she never disappoints.”

[via Blabbermouth]

2020 M3 Rock Festival Rescheduled For September

The 2020 M3 Rock Festival has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on September 4-6. Organizers commented:

“The 2020 M3 Rock Festival, originally scheduled for May 1-3, is being rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2020 due to the coronavirus. All tickets will be honored on the new dates, of course. Unfortunately Ratt and Tyketto will no longer be able to perform, but we are thrilled to announce the addition of Winger to the lineup and more will be announced! We can’t wait to rock with you this September! Stay safe and see you at Merriweather soon. Keep your eyes peeled for additional info from Ticketmaster about these new dates.”

Watch Footage Of Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Testament, Etc. Members Performing At 2020 Dimebash

The 2020 Dimebash was held at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 16 and it included an all-star jam featuring members of Foo Fighters, Anthrax, Lamb Of God, Crowbar, Stone Sour, Testament, Act Of Defiance, Prong, Static-X, Vio-lence, Sepultura, and tons more. You can see some footage from the concert below:

Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Etc. Members To Perform At 2020 Dimebash

The 2020 Dimebash will take place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on January 16. The concert, which is being held in honor of the late Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), will include an all-star jam featuring Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) as well as members of Accept, Act Of Defiance, Anthrax, Armored Saint, Bad Wolves, Bad Guys Wear Black, Broken Hope, Butcher Babies, Cody Jinks, Crowbar, Cypress Hill, Dylan Rose, Hatebreed, HELLYEAH, In Flames, In This Moment, Iron Maidens, Kill Devil Hill, King Diamond, King’s X, Kyng, Lamb Of God, Lita Ford, Pearl, Prong, Sebastian Bach, Sepultura, Stone Sour, The Haunted, Testament, and Tyr. Jose Mangin will host the event along with Riki Rachtman and WhiskeyDick will open. Tickets are available at dimebagdarrell.com.

Tesla, Ratt, Accept, Etc. Set For 2020 M3 Rock Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 M3 Rock Festival. The event will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on May 1-3 and the daily lineups can be found below:

May 1 (kickoff party): Kix, Slaughter, Heaven’s Edge, and Mike Tramp.

May 2: Tesla, Accept, Y&T, Faster Pussycat, Doro, L.A. Guns, and Killer Dwarves.

May 3: Ratt, Night Ranger, Stryper, Steven Adler, Steelheart, Bango Tango, Dangerous Toys, Little Caesar, and Tyketto.

Accept Recruit Third Guitarist Philip Shouse

Accept have welcomed Philip Shouse to the band as their third guitarist. Shouse was originally recruited to fill in for Uwe Lulis, who is recovering from surgery, but the group have now decided to keep him on as a permanent member.

The band commented:

“BIG NEWS!!!!!! – ACCEPT are getting ready for two upcoming North American dates next week on November 8th at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles, IL and November 10th at the Foamhenge Festival in Houston,TX.

Unfortunately, Uwe Lulis will not be able to join us for these two shows as he recuperates from recent reconstructive surgery on his leg from injuries he received to it in a near fatal motorcycle accident a decade ago. Uwe has dealt with the injury for a long time and has had many surgeries as a result.

In the process of finding coverage for Uwe for these shows, everybody remarked how they loved working with Philip Shouse during this year‘s Symphonic Terror Tour so we asked if he could help us out for these two shows. To our and Uwe’s great relief – he said yes!

During the next few days as lots of e-mails and discussions about the Ins and Outs for the 2 gigs and rehearsals in Nashville lead the band to an unexpected question: Why doesn‘t Phil join us and stay as a permanent member of ACCEPT? The answer? It was unanimous! Everyone agreed and Phil did too!

After his recovery, Uwe will continue to tour with ACCEPT and rejoin the guys for the upcoming South American shows in December. Wolf in support of his bandmate says, “Uwe became a great friend for all of us and after his recovery he might need to adjust his stage moves a bit – which is no problem with all the support he has from us! We are here for you, brother!”

ACCEPT would like to welcome Phil into the band and wish Uwe a speedy recovery and invite the fans to see this brand new ACCEPT version with PHIL, UWE & WOLF on Guitar, CHRISTOPHER on drums, MARTIN on bass – and THE Voice: Mighty MARK TORNILLO!”

Lineup Revealed For Knotfest Colombia

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Knotfest Colombia. The event will take place at the Hipodromo de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia on December 6 and it will feature: Slipknot, Behemoth, Testament, Unleashed, Reencarnacion, Random Revenge, W.A.S.P., Accept, Saxon, Stratovarius, Perpetual Warfare, Arzen, A.N.I.M.A.L., Carnifex, Koyi K Utho, Aire Como Plomo, Poker, Gutgrinder, and the Cherry Bombs.

Godsmack, W.A.S.P., Bullet For My Valentine, Etc. Added To Knotfest Meets Forcefest

More bands have been added to Knotfest Meets Forcefest. The event will take place at Parque Deportivo Oceanía in Mexico City on November 30 – December 1 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

Knotfest (November 30):

Slipknot
Godsmack
Evanescence
Bullet For My Valentine
311
Papa Roach
Behemoth
Carcass
Stratovarius
Nothing More
Suicidal Tendencies
Of Mice & Men
Cherry Bombs
Chelsea Grin
Belphegor
The Bronx
Cemican
Okalacas
Tanus
Here Comes The Kraken
Carajo
Clandestino
The Suffering
Stone Leek
Matherya
Never Again
Headcrusher
Arcadia Libre
Las Poker
Proyect46
Parazit
Kaizan
Hate Bullets
Gore And Carnage
Torcido Monkey Dream
Dethdealers
AFX
Rejexion
Hankside

Forcefest (December 1):

Rob Zombie
W.A.S.P.
In Flames
Accept
Saxon
Ghostemane
Testament
La Castaneda
Exodus
Total Chaos
Cherry Bombs
Mortuary
La Lupita
Especimen
Transmetal
Kenny y Los Electricos
Strike Master
Thell Barrio
Acidez
Jet Jaguar
Koyi K Utho
Perpetual Warfare
Colectivo Suicida
Obesity
Kilkrops
The Legion Of Hetheria
Latino
Next
Makina
Tamadre
Deathmask
Rebel Ryder
Tulkas
Beneath The Horror
Nexus
Bluejays
Prophets For Minerva
Point Decster

Ace Frehley, Accept, High On Fire, Power Trip, Etc. Set For 2019 Foamhenge Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 Foamhenge festival. The event will take place at the Karbach Brewing Company in Houston, Texas on November 10 and it will feature Ace Frehley, Accept, High On Fire, Power Trip, the Pat Travers Band, and Narcotic Wasteland.

Evanescence, Accept, Behemoth, Etc. Added To Knotfest Meets Forcefest

More bands have been added to Knotfest Meets Forcefest. The event will take place at Parque Deportivo Oceanía in Mexico City on November 30 – December 1 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

November 30 (Knotfest): Slipknot, Evanescence, Behemoth, Carcass, Suicidal Tendencies, Chelsea Grin, Tanus, Jet Jaguar, Latino, and Rejexion.

December 1 (Forcefest): Rob Zombie, Accept, Saxon, Testament, Exodus, Strike Master, Next, Tamadr3, Cicuta , Feed The Vulture, and Rebel Ryder.