ACCEPT – THE RISE OF CHAOS
Released: August 4th, 2017
- Die By The Sword
- Hole In The Head
- The Rise Of Chaos
- No Regrets
- Analog Man
- What’s Done Is Done
- Worlds Colliding
- Carry The Weight
- Race To Extinction
As we faithful to the might and glory of the Teutonic Terror await their latest installment of recorded magnificence, one cannot help but ponder the bands history and their incredible journey. Their remarkable journey has seen the all manner of challenges from membership changes met with abhorred fan outrage to multiple group splits spelling an end to it all. Yet despite the lows has been the most remarkable of companions in the opposite polar extreme, namely the most glorious of highs. And here in 2017, some forty-one years after the groups creation comes their latest installment, The Rise Of Chaos, hailing the ongoing dominance of the German metal powerhouse that is Accept. Now that statement can be read in several ways with your internal dialogue providing the appropriate level of importance to your own self, but what cannot be adequately replicated by word, review, opinion or embellishment is the monumental significance of this sensational creation.
With the brilliant Wolf Hoffman’s wailing axe heralding the arrival of the opener Die By The Sword we are immediately immersed in the signature sound of Accept in their contemporary manifestation and oozing all the glory surely envisioned in the beginning by Peter Baltes and Wolf himself.
This is Accept. Raw, unrelenting and soaring in metal magnificence all wrapped up in a soundtrack to our troubled times.
Now this is the first Accept studio recording for Uwe Lulis and Christopher Williams, replacements for guitarist Herman Frank and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann who were sensational with Accept also, but Uwe and Christopher have proved brilliant additions to the group.
The vast experience of Uwe with Rebellion, Grave Digger and as a integral component of German metal might, coupled with that of Christopher who was surely born with drum sticks in hand and an amazing resume, bring a fresh excitement to this recording. This seems a natural progression considering their successful integration into the mighty Accept live performance.
As we progress through the tracks with each first listening a monumentally exciting event, an aire of foreboding accompanies my maniacal glee brought by Accepts thoroughly accurate account of contemporary history. A realisation that this album reflects the events of the surrounding world, visually represented in the cover art created by the Hungarian artist Gyula Havancsák.
The title track has much of that classic Accept attitude as well. Thoroughly powerful with a sideline of defiance like flipping your middle finger at an erupting volcano.
Overtones of foreboding and solemn reflection of man’s malevolent capacity accompany Koolaid. Malevolence? Perhaps homicidal madness might better account for the occurrences of November 18, 1978 at Jonestown at the hands of Jim Jones and his flock of lost sheep.
The brilliant Andy Sneap is yet again responsible for the production of this fine collection but as you listen, one cannot help but presume that the band themselves were largely responsible for the creative direction. After all, as brilliant as Andy Sneap is professionally, he certainly seems to have little interest in fixing that which is not broken. In essence, the perfect collaboration and little wonder after the success of the last four partnerships, particularly Blind Rage.
The individual performance of each band member is nothing short of triumphant, but who could expect less from such a wealth of experience, knowledge and professionalism. Powerful as ever but there is a distinct aire of almost supremacy and dominance. The listener can hear the years of experience rolled into one magnificent album. And yes, Mark is sounding better than ever.
And what is immediately evident on this album is that Accept have decided that they are going to remain true to their magnificent sound but as are result, are bigger than ever and these years to come will be the golden years. And yes, that stamen is intended with nothing but reverent respect to Udo and all past members who helped pave the way to what is certain to excite the hearts and souls of metal aficionados the globe over.
This album brings the Accept heritage and contemporary creativity together superbly. I think to perfection. With such a vast catalogue of hits to their name, Accept have just added ten new fan favourites to their set list contemplative consideration. Raw Accept excitement. Superb.