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ACCEPT Parts Ways With Herman Frank, Stefan Schwarzmann
December 28th, 2014

Guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann parted ways with German heavy metal group Accept, revealing this development on December 28th, 2014.

Accept issued the following statement: “Accept would like to thank Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann for being with us these last four-plus years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off!

“We and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control. Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band Panzer, a Nuclear Blast record deal under their belts and a new album! We are parting as friends and wish them nothing but success!

“We ourselves are getting ready for 2015 – another year of heavy touring! We would like to say thanks again to our fans around the world for their huge support and for the fantastic year 2014! The Blind Rage world tour continues in 2015.”

The axeman shared the following via his Facebook page, meanwhile (statement translated from German): “Accept and Herman Frank have broken up. Thank you to all the fans for the great support in recent years.”

Frank joined Accept during 1982 shortly prior to the release of fourth studio full-length Restless And Wild, issued in October of that year, exiting following the arrival of December 1983’s Balls To The Wall.

Accept reunited for festival appearances during 2005, Frank handling second guitar duties alongside founding axeman Wolf Hoffmann with Schwarzmann sitting behind the drumkit. A 2009 reunion saw the addition of erstwhile TT Quick vocalist Mark Tornillo, Frank’s and Schwarzmann’s involvement also occurring, the reunion spawning three studio full-lengths with Frank occupying second guitar and Schwarzmann drumming; Blood Of The Nations (2010), Stalingrad (2012), and Blind Rage (2014).

The previous month, in November, Panzer issued debut studio full-length Send Them All To Hell through Nuclear Blast Records. Panzer’s line-up includes Frank, Schwarzmann, and vocalist / bassist Schmier (Destruction / Headhunter).

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