After the monster comeback in 2010 for Accept with Blood of the Nations, Stalingrad was an album that was going to be heavily scrutinized. Blood of the Nations was such an energetic release and really put Accept back in the metal world as a serious contender again.
Fast forward to 2012 with their follow-up Stalingrad, which is a surprise to me (for some reason). The energy is just as high on Stalingrad, but the songs do not come off as fresh as they did in their previous release. That is not to say that the album is bad at all. It is quite solid indeed, but a but more cliche than I would have liked.
The first few songs on the album are very solid and seem to be a continuation from the Blood of the Nations sessions. Hung, Drawn and Quartered could really have fit on any Accept album and songs like Shadow Soldiers have a very epic feel to them. The title track, Stalingrad, is one of the best songs on the album.
Overall, Stalingrad is not what I would call a gem, but it is a very nice release from a band that many had written off years ago.