Over the past decade, Accept have joined a rare pantheon. They are among the few metal bands with “replacement singers” that have continued with honour, and without constant clamouring for older lineups. Mark Tornillo has, over the course over several great albums, earned his place without question. The Rise of Chaos (with producer Andy Sneap) continues the journey, full steam ahead.
The blue and orange swirl vinyl edition is a double record set, limited to 700 copies. Not only do they look stunning, but they sound vibrant and crisp. A 46 minute album could easily have fit on a single LP, so the fact they did a double means they wanted to ensure maximum musical reproduction for vinyl buyers.*
Wolf, Mark, Peter, Uwe and Christopher crush it throughout. “Die By the Sword”, the initial assault, is a lightning strike of sharp riffing and Baltes’ bass undercurrent. This is pure Accept: gothic backing vocals and overhead screams! “Hole in the Head” boils over with animosity, delivered molten. Then, like a Panzer division at full speed, “The Rise of Chaos” rips the heads off anything still standing.
Flip sides. “Koolaid” retells the story of Jim Jones and the cult of the damned, a topic previously explored by Manowar. With a riff written as if out of 1984, it takes on a mid-tempo groove rock march. Yes, it’s possible the best song on the Accept album is named “Koolaid”! Then the heat put off by “No Regrets” will blister the skin, if the drums don’t give you a concussion.
Flip sides. Taking it back to a sharp metallic groove, “Analog Man” is an amusing look at our high tech world. “Now there’s flat-screens and 3-D, my cell phone’s smarter than me!” They go for an anthemic style with “What’s Done is Done”, and plenty of guitar harmony solos to go around. “Worlds Colliding” has the “classic metal” sound, brilliant riff and chorus combined for a slick mercury-like sound.
Flip sides one more time. Neither “Carry the Weight” and “Race to Extinction” let up. It’s 10 more minutes of fast, heavy metal. Make no mistake, this is one punishing metal album. Is it a little paint-by-numbers? Yes — Accept albums are getting that way. Riffs might be interchangeable. But when the albums are still this good, it matters little.
* You could also choose from:
- 45 RPM, 180 gram black vinyl. “limited edition”.
- 45 RPM, 180 gram vinyl – blue and red splatter. 300 copies, USA.
- 45 RPM, clear vinyl. 300 copies, Germany.
- 45 RPM, 180 gram red vinyl. 300 copies, Germany.
- 45 RPM, 180 gram vinyl – green and gold splatter. 300 copies, mail order from Nuclear Blast only.
- 45 RPM, 180 gram vinyl – orange and red splatter. 500 copies, mail order from Nuclear Blast only.
- This one is 33 RPM, 180 gram vinyl – blue and orange splatter. 700 copies, USA.