ACCEPT is one of the most influential bands from the German heavy metal scene. Their mark on the industry is remarkable, like a shining star in the dark sky of the night. Like the other band they have had their up and down moments, but May 2009 was absolutely different. It was a highlight in their career when they rose to ” Make the ‘Metal Heart’ beat again.“
The new line up announcement was not a shock though, as everybody was expecting a change in the front man section. But Mark Tornillo was not a very well known name in the industry. The fans and critics who didn’t know Mark, started tracking his work in TT QUICK to find some clues to how ACCEPT ‘s new music would be. “Blood Of The Nations” ended all the speculation and rumours in August 2010. Mark ‘s performance was such a great one that most people didn’t feel the lack of the legendary Udo Dirkschneider, some fans and critics stated “It’s even better …“
Mark Tornillo proved to the metal universe that he deserves to front the mighty ACCEPT, who are back to remind us that the ‘Metal Heart’ is unstoppable eternally.
Metal Shock Finland appreciate what Mark and ACCEPT did and do in the heavy metal industry, so here our Birthday messages to Mark and it’s the least we could do.
Chief Editor Mohsen Fayyazi:
“I cannot imagine the Heavy Metal world without ACCEPT, nor ACCEPT without Mark now! You whispered life into our metal hearts again, Bravo Mark! Happy Birthday to you and I wish you all the best and METAL from the bottom of my heart. Cheers!!!“
Senior Manager Ali Blackdiamond:
“ACCEPT will always have a special place in my heart, they are one of my all time favourite bands. The new era with Mark as vocalist is a very exciting one and they thoroughly deserve their esteemed position in metal history. I can’t wait for “Blind Rage” and would like to wish Mark a very Happy Metal Birthday with many more to come! Cheers and best wishes. :) “
“Mark Tornillo was vital to one of the most serendipitous moments in Metal history: the rebirth of ACCEPT! But it was more than just a band reforming and making new albums. ACCEPT was the true Phoenix, rising from the ashes of what we thought would be no more, to burn brighter and stronger than ever. I am truly happy for him, the band, and the fans–we have the privilege of enjoying some of the best music around and once again they are living the dream. Mark is one of the nicest, coolest, most humble guys around–he’s the real deal and I can’t think of anyone more worthy of celebration today. A very happy 60th Birthday is wished for Mark Tornillo–and every blessing hereafter!“