“The undertaker is a busy man…..”
They’ve been around since 1976 but their latest album, 2021’s Too Mean To Die, shows no signs of Accept becoming a middle-aged metal act about to call it a day. Outside of a few YouTube videos, this album is my introduction to the group and I’ve been listening to them with regularity ever since I purchased the album on a whim.
The band has had multiple lineup changes over the years with only Wolf Hoffmann, the band’s lead guitarist, as the only constant member. The players on Too Mean To Die include Hoffmann, lead vocalist Mark Tornillo, rhythm guitarist Uwe Lulis, bassist Martin Motnik, guitarist Philip Shouse, and Christopher Williams on drums. They sound amazing together. The band has often been referred to as a German AC/DC and this album definitely fits that description. Although I will say that Too Mean To Die sounds a lot more polished and slickly produced than anything AC/DC has ever put out. That’s not a knock on either band, though, as I enjoy listening to both of them.
The album is a straight-ahead rocker for the most part. The title track is a sinister beat down on your ears. The Undertaker opens up quietly and then turns into a slow churning metal burner. Then there are tracks like Overnight Sensation and Sucks To Be You that showcase pounding drums, amazing guitar work, and crunchy vocals. Things slow down a bit with The Best Is Yet To Come, but just a little. Top it all off with the amazing instrumental, Samson And Delilah, and you have an album that doesn’t sound like the sixteenth release of a band that’s north of forty years old and is left with only one original member standing. This album is awesome and I highly recommend it.
Consider this your invitation to check out Accept if you haven’t yet. This band is great. This is also my final entry in the November Noise category for this year. The response has been pretty good so I might bring this category back next year. Let me know what you think about this album and November Noise in general in the comments section. If there’s anything that you’d like to see me cover in December, let me know that in the comments as well.
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