Accept - Too Mean to Die (2021)


Starting 2021 strong, today we have the legendary Accept and their latest opus “Too Mean to Die”. Delivering over 50 minutes of high-octane Heavy Metal, this outfit keeps the momentum going on their ‘revival’ with hard hitting and superbly catchy songs. If you are a fan of Heavy Metal, this release won’t disappoint.

The band’s new signature vocalist, Mark Tornillo, quickly leads tracks like “Zombie Apocalypse”, “Too Mean to Die”, and “Overnight Sensation” with his soaring vocals and playful style. Perfectly paired with Wolf Hoffmann’s incisive guitars, this release sets a very furious and catchy pace right off the gate. The band thrives by unleashing superbly engaging tracks that are both melodic and epic, such as the killer “No Ones Master” and its blistering twin guitar onslaughts.

Adding a new guitarist to the mix with Philip Shouse, the band manages to further elevate the musicianship, as tracks like “Symphony Of Pain” and “How Do We Sleep” unleash some killer guitar passages and vocal arrangements. For those into power ballads, “The Best is Yet to Come” is a highly melancholic piece that nicely resets the mood of this release. One of our favorite pieces is the playful “Samson and Delilah”, a song that has a certain old-school Rhapsody vibe, a style that showcases the band’s versatility.

With “Too Mean to Die”, Mark Tornillo and company deliver the first epic release of 2021. As a highly enjoyable release for anybody into Heavy Metal and the band’s old-school achievements, this release packs a lot of punch for nearly one hour. Accept continues to impress us and showcase they are as youthful as 20 years ago with the intensity and craftiness put behind this release.

Band: Accept Album: Too Mean to Die

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Release: January 29th, 2021

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Genre: Heavy Metal

Country: International

Rating: 92/100

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