Accept – Rise of Chaos

Accept is a band best remembered for their old school song called “Balls to the Wall”, which used to play on the Headbanger’s Ball. Driving my BMV down the Autobahn at 120MPH through the Black Forest, I stopped in Bad Reichenhall.  You know how they always have insane amounts of Gummy Bears everywhere in Germany.  And then next to them are porno mags and stuff like biker lifestyle mags.  Those were where I found out that Accept was still going strong at the time. It never ceases to amaze. This band just keeps hanging around, like a bad STD. Here they are again 20 years later. And they have this new album Rise of Chaos, which sounds like a cross between Sabbath’s Dehumanizer and an Exodus album.

While the song itself Rise of Chaos is blandly vocalized, there are gems on this album, such as “Koolaid.” “Don’t drink the Koolaid! Don’t drink the Koolaid!”

What this album lacks in originality, it makes up for in nostalgia. Beaming through my transmitter, receiving signals from the future, I am amazed to hear that Rise of Chaos echoes songs from 1986 or so. Lots of low E based thrash riffs, highlighted by mostly major key Iron Maiden styled guitar solos are evident. One San Jose band called Total Badass, from the future, also sounds like this. The inner mosh pit of this style of music is one of a fun, enjoyable mosh pit, rather than a complete circle of destruction.

The songs basically all sound the same, for better or worse. So I will not review side B. But if you like side A, then you will for sure also enjoy side B.

The production is excellent by the way. It sounds like planned, organized chaos, but perhaps a little bit gleeful about the destruction. Maybe this is like the people who danced on 911. Accept is one band who will party no matter what the circumstance is. And that is what makes them so fun as a listener, since the world is already such a downer, Accept takes you away from all that.

Personally, I feel that the Brootals should co-exist with the thrashers, since we have common enemies. This is a good album to get behind, as we try to unite metal. Plus, Accept is one of the bands that’s getting old and not yet planning a retirement home tour. It must be all the beer drinking and motorcycling that keeps them going. This saves us on taxes. Everyone else is taking SSI already. An average, yet highly enjoyable album, which mostly delivers what it promises. A decent addition to anyone’s tape collection.

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6 thoughts on “Accept – Rise of Chaos

  1. this post gave my autism autism says:

    “The production is excellent by the way. It sounds like planned, organized chaos, but perhaps a little bit gleeful about the destruction. Maybe this is like the people who danced on 911”

    Wow, that sure is an interesting description of the usual bloodless uninteresting Andy Sneap production.

    Accept are a likeable band. I’m glad they’re still doing their thing, even though there’s no reason not to just stick to Restless & Wild. also I’ll never buy an album with orange & blue contrast cover art by principle.

    1. Gladius et Scutum says:

      The cover art looks like something a marketing department shit out after a week of eating C grade Indian food.

    2. So are you blessed with synesthesia that you can judge the Music of an album solely by the contrast colours of the cover artwork?
      To stick further unto your dumbness (no autism there with you mate): We’ll go backwards 36 yeears, restless and wild just came out. I hear some dumbass saying: i’m glad These Germans from accept are doing their thang, even though there’s no reason not to just stick to british steel. So you loved the pizza prosciutto the other night at giovanni’s dinner so much, you’re never going to eat a different pizza at any other place ever again? You’re so retarded (once again: no autism here)

  2. Gladius et Scutum says:

    I think there is a useful dichotomy in home/car music. There are great albums that require concentration and active listening and should be listened to at home. Other albums are perfectly suitable for listening while driving or gaming or whatever. The latter type should not, as a matter of course, be pilloried as they serve a useful purpose; unless the creator is clearly aiming for the former and barely achieves the latter should the tar and feathers be brought into play.

  3. Shantavious Rosenberg-O'Malley says:

    Nigga you just gay

  4. DJ MCVitaminCorpseflower says:

    It’s like a surf disco porcupine without self-reference. OR shellfish.

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