Accept - Too Mean To Die review



Reviewer:
7.0

110 users:
7.27
Band: Accept
Album: Too Mean To Die
Release date: January 2021


01. Zombie Apocalypse
02. Too Mean To Die
03. Overnight Sensation
04. No Ones Master
05. The Undertaker
06. Sucks To Be You
07. Symphony Of Pain
08. The Best Is Yet To Come
09. How Do We Sleep
10. Not My Problem
11. Samson And Delilah


Not sure if, at this point, Accept should be called Wolf Hoffmann Group instead. Or something along these lines anyway.

Not that this latest offering doesn't sound like it comes from the same band anymore; at the end of the day Wolf has always been the most important cog of this German metal machine. But the departure of Peter Baltes has seen him being the only original member left in a line-up that now features six people in total. I have no idea what he needs the other two guitarists for, but yeah, Accept now have three guitar players.

Too Mean To Die features most of what the band is known for. There is the faster, riff-centric opening track as well as the title track that follows, the hard rock-leaning "Overnight Sensation", the mid-tempo, chug-along / sing-along "The Undertaker", the corny ballad "The Best Is Yet To Come", and the best track, "Symphony Of Pain", with Wolf manifesting once again his love for classical music with a magnificent solo. The oriental album closer is a bit of a surprise, given the band's infrequent inclusion of instrumental tracks in their albums.

The songwriting of Too Mean To Die is consistently good, albeit not reaching great peaks. I had trouble finding a genuinely outstanding song but I didn't find anything to be unlistenable either. So, there aren't either really high ups or really low downs. Furthermore, having the same producer for all albums since Blood Of The Nations is another feature that makes this one a bit of a heard-it-all-before release. As competent a producer as Andy Sneap may be, all these Accept albums with Tornillo sound quite similar to each other and this latest one in turn has an almost identical mix to, say, Judas Priest's Firepower or Saxon's Thunderbolt. Anyway, what I am saying is that if anything could be the differentiating factor here, it would be the quality of the songs. And in this department, Too Mean To Die is actually Good Enough To Stay Alive.

It is a widely accepted fact that Accept had one of the most impressive comebacks in heavy metal history with Blood Of The Nations in 2010. However, since then, each subsequent album was a step down in quality when compared to its predecessor, so the real question here is if they have managed to stop the decline. The answer is that they did, even though the bar was low. Too Mean To Die is much better than the tame and completely indifferent The Rise Of Chaos, and it tries to justify its title at least to a certain extent. Whether that's enough depends on personal and subjective preference.

"I'm a heavy metal warrior
Restless son of a bitch"


 



Written on 29.01.2021 by Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud!


Comments

Comments: 10   Visited by: 151 users
29.01.2021 - 13:02
RaduP
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Pretty serviceable. At least one or two songs worth returning to.
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29.01.2021 - 13:18
tominator
At best deranged
I'll probably be giving this one a listen one of these days.

I fully agree with your statement about Andy Sneap. His productions are well done, but they all feel exactly the same. That always slightly bothered me, because it makes an album lose a bit of personality/character.
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30.01.2021 - 20:29
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Tage Westerlund
Isn't it that Wolf is duchbag and non want work whit him anymore, from original line up?
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30.01.2021 - 20:54
nikarg
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Written by Bad English on 30.01.2021 at 20:29

Isn't it that Wolf is duchbag and non want work whit him anymore, from original line up?

I don't know the back story to be honest.
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30.01.2021 - 21:09
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Tage Westerlund
Written by nikarg on 30.01.2021 at 20:54

Written by Bad English on 30.01.2021 at 20:29

Isn't it that Wolf is duchbag and non want work whit him anymore, from original line up?

I don't know the back story to be honest.

I think there was something, Udo also commented, bug I won't go n search 5 years old blabbermouth.net thing
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30.01.2021 - 21:26
nikarg
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Written by Bad English on 30.01.2021 at 21:09

I think there was something, Udo also commented, bug I won't go n search 5 years old blabbermouth.net thing

No need to anyway. I am personally not interested in the slightest.
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31.01.2021 - 05:21
Aries Rising
I think a better name would be the German Bruce Willis Experience.
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31.01.2021 - 20:29
Jope of Steele
Written by Bad English on 30.01.2021 at 21:09

Written by nikarg on 30.01.2021 at 20:54

Written by Bad English on 30.01.2021 at 20:29

Isn't it that Wolf is duchbag and non want work whit him anymore, from original line up?

I don't know the back story to be honest.

I think there was something, Udo also commented, bug I won't go n search 5 years old blabbermouth.net thing


Even if he didn't, it's PR, people don't always say those things publicly so that they don't get attacked themselves. Usually You have to read between the lines when it's "personal reasons" or such
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05.02.2021 - 09:57
Valentin B
Iconoclast
So far it seems this album has more balls than the previous one, as a huge Accept fan I loved Rise of Chaos too but I can see why the latest developments with Accept are decreasing the general interest in the band: no original band members left, people still go to their concerts mostly to hear the classic songs, at this point there are 5 new albums and 5 classic albums (Breaker ->Russian Roulette), the music is simply not good enough to keep the band that relevant anymore.

it's clear the "80s era" was more interesting and groundbreaking for them, let's not forget Accept was an influence on extreme metal and put out the heaviest song ever released by 1982 (Fast as a Shark), but this band cannot forever live off of nostalgia and well-produced solid but unoriginal albums (like this one) - at this point I would have preferred if Accept called it quits with Peter and Stefan leaving and then they continue as Wolf Hoffmann Band or something, without the pressure of releasing more Accept-like material when the inspiration is clearly lacking.

This might even be the last Accept album after all and to think they could have retired with Blind Rage and a "Die By The Sword / Analog Man" EP instead... that would have been a real way to go from the band that wrote Balls to the Wall and Teutonic Terror, but I guess that band doesn't really exist anymore. Somehow I feel a distinct longing for the album end so I can listen to those songs instead.
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05.02.2021 - 11:03
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Valentin B on 05.02.2021 at 09:57

So far it seems this album has more balls than the previous one, as a huge Accept fan I loved Rise of Chaos too but I can see why the latest developments with Accept are decreasing the general interest in the ban



Good to see some old member posting again, I hope its will be regular
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