Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK)

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ACCEPT / NIGHT DEMON

Date: 11th February, 2018
Venue: Store Vega
Tickets: 250DKK (€33/$41)
Promoter: Vega
Photos: Erika Wallberg


There were lots of posts spinning on Facebook on counting down to the event. Nowhere it was mentioned the show was sold out, or about to be sold out. Why this lack of interest in ACCEPT? I mean, the last time I saw ACCEPT in Copenhagen the tickets ran out weeks before the show was to happen without any posts at all. Now, it felt that Vega was pushing the event as hard as they possibly could.

And as NIGHT DEMON took on the stage at Store Vega the place was rather sparsely crowded. But no worries, there was a rapid stream of people coming in as the NIGHT DEMON set went on. It is a shame though that people didn't show up in time to see this fantastic band. I've seen them countless times, NIGHT DEMON was the band I saw the most times last year but I certainly ain't tired of them yet. Also, to have them open for ACCEPT seemed like a perfect match. The people who come out to watch ACCEPT should appreciate NIGHT DEMON's high energy old school Heavy Metal.

And they start off with a very good pace with “Welcome To The Night” and “Full Speed Ahead”, which made a very good introduction to the band. What fascinated me the most here was how massive NIGHT DEMON sounded. They're only a trio and quite frankly I've never really analyzed their sound in detail before. They sounded very powerful and even if Armand John Anthony plays tons of solos the force was never lost due to Jarvis Leatherby's mean bass-sound. On the few occasions, he hit a note while everything else was quiet you could hear how crazy and distorted it sounded. But as a unity with the rest it worked perfectly. This time though, the separation between the instruments was much better which had an impact on the musical performance coming through in a very good way. This of course makes it rather unforgiving but I couldn't hear one missed note. How they can keep it up, the speed together with intensity in their movements is beyond me. But it sounded amazing.

I was happy that “Hallowed Ground” was a part of the set since it is one of my favorites but a little bummed out that it came so early in the set. It's not the best to enjoy great songs while in the photo-pit which was really small this night. And, since it was crowded all photographers had to select one side and stay there for the shoot which is not the most fun to do.

A few songs into the set Dusty Squires tore straight through the skin of his kick-drum. After a few seconds pause for repair NIGHT DEMON were off again but the temporary fix didn't hold for long. Two things stood out with this; first how important the kick is for NIGHT DEMON's sound. And then, what a nice dude Christopher Williams is. He was out on stage trying to fix things for his opening act. But when realizing it wasn't going to hold he simply got over to his drumkit and picked the bass-drum and installed it for NIGHT DEMON. Free publicity of course since NIGHT DEMON had that massive ACCEPT logo on the drums for the rest of the set. But who else would have done that?

Two more favorites came towards the end of NIGHT DEMON's set; “Black Widow” didn't stick the first time I heard it but I found myself singing on it for days afterwards. And as a live track it's perfect. Then “Screams In The Night”, the dynamics of this one is great which just gets even better when performed live.

And as the tradition has it, the Grim Reaper figure came out during “The Chalice” offering the frontrow a drink from the goblet. I've seen it many times but I'm equally delighted every time. To wrap things up NIGHT DEMON decided to pick up the IRON MAIDEN classic, “Wasted Years”. It was actually their trademark track “Night Demon” that was listed but I guess a well-known song worked better here. The crowd liked what they heard and cheered on NIGHT DEMON as they said thank you goodbye and left the stage for ACCEPT.

NIGHT DEMON setlist:

01. “Welcome To The Night”
02. “Full Speed Ahead”
03. “Hallowed Ground”
04. “Curse Of The Damned”
05. “Ritual”
06. “One Your Own”
07. “Heavy Metal Heat”
08. “Black Widow”
09. “Screams In The Night”
10. “Flight Of The Manticore”
11. “The Chalice”
12. “Wasted Years”

NIGHT DEMON

Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Night Demon @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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The place filled up really well for ACCEPT. It must have been close to sold-out as there were people everywhere, up the balcony, in the bar and on the floor. The fun thing was to see the variety of the people in the crowd, dads with kids and, kids on their own and a whole bunch of fans who had been in with ACCEPT since the start.

The absolute front row consisted mainly of youngsters who went nuts for the new material. And that meant songs from the records with Mark Tornillo on vocals. So, both “Die By The Sword” and “Stalingrad” went down really well. The latter is a favorite, the heavy stomp works perfect live and the effect of the Russian National Anthem is great. Wolf Hoffmann's crisp and clear tone cut like laser through the thick air at Store Vega. He is a massive dude and when he comes as close as he did for this solo, right there on the edge of the stage it almost becomes scary. It's an impressive sight for sure. As always, ACCEPT sounded fantastic. The power and force they have in their music are phenomenal and with the new guys, guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams no compromise with quality have been made. Especially Christopher stood out this night, before the show he climbed his kit cheering on the crowd and he was such a joy to watch. Everything looked so easy for him, his precision is incredible and that he did it all, while singing backup vocals totally effortlessly really stunned me.

For “Restless and Wild”, “London Leatherboys” and “Breaker” the lines towards the back also woke up for real. So, the crowd kind of worked in shifts, the front row really enjoyed the new stuff while the rest dug the classics. This became very clear for the mid-section of the show consisting of a lot of material from fantastic latest release “The Rise Of Chaos”, including the title track. Then, also “Koolaid” and “No Regrets”. The last in line there is my favorite. The up-tempo beat and mean riffs combined with the breaks worked perfect before moving into the more floating chorus-line. But, here it got clear that Mark was struggling a little with his voice. He sounded forced and raucous on a few occasions. Nothing that disturbed the show so no big deal really but it was here and there his voice got extremely squeaky.

Light-weight rocker “Analog Man” worked well too. I really like it that ACCEPT have so much new material in their set, also from the older records with Mark on vocals were featured in the set. “Final Journey” from “Blind Rage” is a fantastic song, but it didn't work as well as the others in this section. One real favorite from the Mark-era of ACCEPT is melodic “Shadow Soldiers”. It's the melodies as this one holds that makes ACCEPT stand out, it's always flawlessly played. No exception here and the front row was ecstatic while in the back people were yawning. It didn't take long for them to wake up though, after Wolf Hoffmann's guitar-solo ACCEPT kicked off “Neon Nights” and the guys in front of me slammed a high five and the party was on again. Looking to the sides it was full on, people were dancing and cheering like crazy. And it just got more intense for “Princess Of The Dawn” which featured some of the craziest singing from a crowd I've ever experienced and also “Midnight Mover” went down well. There were a few in the absolute front though that couldn't be bothered with these classics and went from super supportive, full focus on the band to fiddle with the phone instead. Then something happened and it took a while to figure out that it was “Objection Overruled” that was coming. It felt weak, messy and didn't have the same punch as the rest of the material. I thought it was super-cool when DIRKSCHNEIDER played this one on their latest round and compared to this they did it better than ACCEPT, at least how it sounded this night. Else, it has always been the other way around.

For the wrap-up the usual hits showed up and sounded awesome as always. I like it that “Teutonic Terror” have become a modern classic, it fits in there with the rest in a very good way even if it was mainly the front-line that was in on the; "We will.......Give em' the Axe" part. So yes, ACCEPT did a great show as always, it's very stable and they sound amazing. It's a little predictable, you know you will get something really good when going out to see ACCEPT, no doubt. And you can also count on the traditional poses, solos etc. But it is for that sake not boring. As long as the band can deliver the way they do today, they really don't need to change anything.

ACCEPT setlist:

01. “Die By The Sword”
02. “Stalingrad”
03. “Restless And Wild”
04. “London Leatherboys”
05. “Breaker”
06. “The Rise Of Chaos”
07. “Koolaid”
08. “No Regrets”
09. “Analog Man”
10. “Final Journey”
11. “Shadow Soldiers”
12. Guitar solo (Wolf Hoffmann)
13. “Neon Nights”
14. “Princess Of The Dawn”
15. “Midnight Mover”
16. “Up To The Limit”
17. “Objection Overruled”
18. “Pandemic”
19. “Fast As A Shark”
20. “Metal Heart”
21. “Teutonic Terror”
22. “Balls To The Wall”
23. Outro - “Bound To Fail”

ACCEPT

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Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)
Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg) Accept @ Store Vega, Copenhagen (DK) (photos by Erika Wallberg)

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