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Accept, King's X

If you are planning on coming to see lil' Udo Dirkschneider at the helm of Accept to sing hit single "Balls To the Wall" Wednesday, you are plum out of luck. The diminutive Teutonic terror left the band a while back and is not participating in any new projects, but replacement Mark Tornillo has proven to be more than capable of filling his boots. Accept's new album, Blood of the Nations, picks up the group's legacy where it left off back in 1996 with Predator. On the other hand, Houston's King's X has had a steady core lineup since forming as The Edge in 1980. The trio made its mark on the charts and radio by fusing Rush-like prog-metal licks with lead singer Dug Pinnick's soulful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. You can still see Pinnick around town supporting the music scene from time to time, as well. King's X will release a live DVD, Live Love in London, later this month.

 
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