ACCEPT ‘Stalingrad’ certified Gold in Russia + headlining Koko next week!

In the lead up to their highly anticipated headline show at London’s Koko on 8th February next week – Nuclear Blast are proud to announce that Accept‘s album Stalingrad, which was released in 2012, has been certified Gold in Russia! The title track was dedicated to one of the most crucial battles of both WWII and the Great Patriotic War. Accept’s London show is scheduled as part of a 28 date long European run across 14 countries – which will also be followed by a special Ukrainian show and four Russian dates.


Don’t miss out! 8th February – London, Koko


Wolf Hoffmann commented on the Stalingrad news: “RUSSIA! THANK YOU! SOYUZ! THANK YOU! This is our first Gold album for Stalingrad in our NEW ACCEPT ERA! We are thrilled and can‘t wait to see you again!”

Tine Stumpp, Head of Licensing at Nuclear Blast commented: “We‘re really proud of the first gold award for our license territory RUSSIA! It‘s a huge success, it‘s also the first award for a license country in Nuclear Blast history. Many thanks to our incredible band ACCEPT, who have performed fantastically and made it possible – as well as our partner SOYUZ MUSIC! We‘re happy to have such a wonderful partner in Russia and great bands like ACCEPT.”

Alexey Alyaev, General Director of Soyuz Music commented: “I’m absolutely happy that heavy metal heroes ACCEPT received GOLD for Stalingrad in Russia! I’ve been a metal fan since my school years in the mid 80’s and ACCEPT have always been in the top league in the Soviet Union & Russia. I would like to say a big THANK YOU to ACCEPT, for all the music you have given us! Rock on!”

Accept are touring in support of their highly acclaimed album The Rise Of Chaos which was released in August 2017 via Nuclear Blast.



Accept is a pillar of German–American heavy metal that has won the hearts of their Russian fans. The band have greatly influenced European heavy metal, and with their albums Restless And Wild (1982), Balls To The Wall (1983) and Metal Heart (1985) they have inspired a whole generation of young metal artists.

In the 80’s, Accept became the choice metal band for the Soviet people. Back then heavy metal was banned in the USSR and it took fans great courage to wear merchandise bearing band‘s logos and names, fans could have paid a huge price for it. A person in heavy metal clothing could be picked up by the police “for the improper attire” or fall victim of suburban louts, similar to British skinheads, called “Lubera” as they were residents of a Moscow region town Lubertsy. The authorities turned a blind eye to the clashes between metal heads and “Lubera” which in most cases turned into real fights resulting in casualties. As fans could often not afford to buy original vinyl records, posters and other merchandise, they sometimes created their own DIY stuff. The name Accept was amongst the most popular with Soviet rock fans. All the bags, badges, hand-made labels, t-shirts and jackets had the name plastered on.

Today, 30 years later, those Soviet metal fans, though matured are still loyal to the icons of their youth. They attend music events, buy CDs and educate their kids as to the ’right music‘. It was those veterans and the youths raised that way that earned Stalingrad its “gold”. Each new album and each new concert tour is enthusiastically welcomed by the fans! Special disk awards have been presented to the members of Accept, their team, managers and official representatives of Nuclear Blast.


The Rise Of Chaos – World Tour 2018
w/ Night Demon
30.01.18 (FR) Saint-Étienne – Le FIL
01.02.18 (FR) Paris – Elysée Montmartre
02.02.18 (DE) Saarbrücken – Garage
03.02.18 (CH) Lausanne – Les Docks
04.02.18 (DE) Frankfurt – Batschkapp
06.02.18 (NL) Eindhoven – Effenaar
07.02.18 (BE) Antwerpen – Trix
08.02.18 (UK) London – Koko
09.02.18 (DE) Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
11.02.18 (DK) Copenhagen – Vega
12.02.18 (NO) Oslo – Rockefeller
14.02.18 (SWE) Gothenburg – Trädgår’n
15.02.18 (SWE) Stockholm – Cruise
17.02.18 (FI) Turku – Logomo
18.02.18 (FI) Helsinki – The Circus

21.02.18 (UA) Kiev – Palace of Sports
23.02.18 (RUS) St. Petersburg – Aurora Concert Hall
24.02.18 (RUS) Moscow – Glavclub
26.02.18 (RUS) Yekaterinburg – Tele-Club
27.02.18 (RUS) Samara – Klub Zvezda

More ACCEPT dates:
05.05.18 (BR) Fortaleza – Festival Ponto.CE
02.06. 18 (CZ) Pilsen – Metalfest Open Air
21./22.06. 18 (DE) St. Goarshausen – RockFels
22./24.06. 18 (FR) Clisson – Hellfest
23.06. 18 (BE) Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
30.06. 18 (DE) Dischingen – Rock am Härtsfeldsee
06.07. 18 (NO) Kvinesdal – Norway Rock Festival
12. – 14.07. 18 (DE) Balingen – Bang Your Head!!!
21.07. 18 (DE) Fritzlar – Rock am Stück
22. – 28.07. 18 (SL) Tolmin – Metaldays
02./03.11. 18 (DE) Weissenhäuser Strand / Ostsee – Metal Hammer Paradise



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