Accept & Raven played Gramercy Theatre (pics & setlists)
photos by Jay Thornton
Accept / Raven @ Gramercy Theatre - 9/15/14
After a very effective opening set from legendary nwobhm act RAVEN, ACCEPT stormed the stage blasting out the opening number from their latest CD "Blind Rage". This wasn't no oldies show metal brothers and sisters. Since regrouping after the exit of iconic frontman Udo Dirkschneider a few years ago with new vocalist NYC boy/ex-TT QUICK singer Mark Tornillo, guitarist and steward of the ACCEPT legacy Wolf Hoffman and his crew have released three stellar albums and raised hell all over the world. The classic ACCEPT sound was on brutally glorious display last night. The awesome mix of metallic operatic pomp and a vicious guitar assault is what makes ACCEPT the quintessential German metal band.
Almost half the set was from those more recent albums and the material - especially the brutal "Teutonic Terror" and WWII epic "Stalingrad" are every inch up to the quality of the classics like 'Losers And Winners". The band were in fantastic form and the sold out show's enthusiastic audience were very receptive to the newer songs. [Rock Shock Pop]
German speed/power/thrash metal pioneers Accept brought their current tour in support of this year's Blind Rage LP (their 3rd since reforming and 14th overall) with NWOBHM legends Raven (who also have a new album on the way) to NYC for a show at Gramercy Theatre this past Monday (9/15). They played a good chunk of the new LP plus plenty of old favorites like "Balls to the Wall," "Fast as a Shark," "Princess of the Dawn" and more. For Raven's shorter opening set, they didn't unveil the new material yet, instead sticking entirely to their early-mid '80s period. We've got a set of pictures of both bands in this post.
Raven will be back in NYC for a smaller show when their tour with Night Demon hits Saint Vitus on November 21. Still no ticket link for that show.
More pictures, and the setlists for both bands, below...
Raven Setlist: (via)
All for One
Rock Until You Drop
Speed of the Reflex / Mind Over Metal
On and On
Accept Setlist: (via)
Losers and Winners
From the Ashes We Rise
Restless and Wild
Ahead of the Pack
Princess of the Dawn
Dark Side of My Heart
Fast as a Shark
Balls to the Wall