January 25, 2021 Accept – Too Mean To Die (Album Review)
Welcome to the future of Heavy Metal – where mostly the reminiscent celebration of the good old days of 2019, and before, are prominent. This is of course because the global pandemic which has all but put life, and live concerts, at a pause. Fast forward to 2021, despite the lack of live music, there is still a significant amount of great new music being made. Case and point, Germany’s Heavy Metal legends Accept are back in full effect with their new album Too Mean To Die on January 29th, 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records.
A highly influential Metal band to emerge in the 1980s, Accept has inspired many, include sub-genres such as Thrash and Speed Metal. Sustaining a long list of lineup changes over their four plus decades together, one constant string remains with none other than Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann. As most people recall, back in the original heyday of this band, Vocalist Udo Dirkschneider carried the reigns of Accept. However, he has long since split ways into his own solo path. Meanwhile, since 2009, Mark Tornillo has brought new energy to Accept that is difficult to deny. Still experiencing change, The rest of the present Accept cast includes Guitarists Uwe Lulis and Philip Shouse, Bassist Martin Motnik, along with Drummer Christopher Williams.
Keeping the spirit of Metal alive, Accept set out to bring light and energy during a dark and tragic time with Too Mean To Die. Eleven tracks in total, it begins with the powerful punch of aggressive riffs heard on “Zombie Apocalypse .” An adequate length of over five minutes, the signature Accept sound is very prominent here and throughout the album as a whole. The journey continues on with the title-track about a speed demon mission of survival which is out on the loose in full force. And just when it seems all possible guitar riffs have finally been accomplished, Hoffmann blows your mind with more meddling melodies of satisfaction.
Picking up momentum, “Overnight Sensation,” and “No Ones Master” are certainly up to par in their own right. In fact, the heavy guitars really sell the mood for these tunes, and only aid in mastering the craft in the best way. Then midway through, the album takes a bit of a dark turn in the story… after all, there is no happy ending to be written just yet in this moment of life. Despite the dark, and slightly more subdued undertones of “The Undertaker,” the underlying strength of the song is still highly apparent.
As the fight is clearly still on, the album dives into the catchy “It Sucks To Be You” which has a touch of AC/DC vibes exploded over with Accept’s brand of Heavy Metal. This is before the soothing riffs that follow with “Symphony Of Pain” which are sure to comfort any noble fan’s heart. Which leads us to long conclusion of Too Mean To Die with the balladesque “The Best Is Yet To Come.” A very heartfelt piece, it is followed by the almost six minute long “How Do We Sleep,” something that will certainly resonates with most people’s insomnia experiences during this pandemic. Next, on the other end of the spectrum, is one of the most dance worthy tracks of the collection, “Not My Problem.” A cut that transitions perfectly into a very sophisticated “Samson And Delilah,” Accept conclude an album full to the brim with extra surprising explosions of life.
Another gem masterly produced by Andy Sneap, Too Mean To Die delivers a realistic determination to beat an inevitably destructive invisible enemy. If the ever raging pandemic could be destroyed by guitars… Accept has won the battle! For these reasons, Cryptic Rock gives Too Mean To Die 4.5 out of 5 stars.