German heavy rockers Accept deliver their sixteenth album ‘Too Mean to Die’. A stronghold in the metal scene for over 40 years, they continually add to the primal DNA of the genre, ensuring headbanging antics, an emporium of riffs, and a trusty wingman to a friendly-faced Jack Daniels.
‘Too Mean to Die’ brings us the first album with new members Martin Motnik (who replaced original bassist Peter Baltes), and additional guitarist Philip Shouse. They join Accept’s lone original member and guitarist Wolf Hoffman, vocalist Mark Tornillo, drummer Christopher Williams, and guitarist Uwe Lulis, with a sole mission to rock the hairs off your chest! The band may have changed, but the new lineup sounds reinvigorated as they play harder, dare I say – meaner, and ready to take this belter to the road!
Album opener Zombie Apocalypse is full of pent up energy like throttling a chainsaw to the sky, delivering a big F-U to the year that we’ve had. One track in, Tornillo’s trademark screaming vocals demand to be heard. Title track Too Mean to Die is full of expected guitar riffs and extensive solos that play like a stampede of bulls to the gut. Whilst teeth-clenched standout Symphony of Pain is full of animation, exerting all animal instincts to the masses. ‘Too Mean to Die’ extends well past the four decades of pedigree, as the lyrics chime in on modern day antics with multi-generational relevance. Overnight Sensation takes on the argumentative battle of social media addiction as Tornillo bravely belt’s out ‘I am no-one’s bastard’. Whilst No One’s Master aptly attacks the hypocrisy of today’s world leaders, thus encouraging the voice of a new generation to be heard.
Accept deliver a steady album full of rock anthems, likely to satisfy at any festival. Is it their best work? Collectively not but it certainly adds to a solid history of damn fine ear penetrating metal.