Accept is now four albums into their latest reunion, and really have nothing to prove anymore. They’ve hit the mark of consistency achieved by bands like Tankard, Overkill, and others. If you’ve heard any of their other recent records, “The Rise of Chaos” will be a fairly predictable affair. That isn’t a bad thing though, as it is once again filled with hard rockin’ tracks. The band continues to have an amped-up, Judas Priest meets AC/DC feel (the former due to the riffs and the latter due to the vocals). The pleasant surprise of “The Rise of Chaos” is that it’s much more succinct than their other 3 reunion albums, clocking in at just 46 minutes. Though Accept are strong songwriters, even they struggle to maintain the hour or so length that has dominated their music recently.
As seasoned veterans, Accept write songs that are instantly memorable. Even when the song itself might not be that great, you’ll probably have it stuck in your head. The lone instance of this on “The Rise of Chaos” is “Hole In The Head”, which has an awkward chorus, amidst an otherwise acceptable tune. The real highlights are tracks like the high-energy opener “Die By The Sword”, and the incredibly melodic “Koolaid”. Wolf Hoffmann continues to dominate throughout the record, primarily due to his unlimited arsenal of traditional heavy metal riffs, but he also has plenty of great leads as well. There is plenty of variety in terms of speed; the album obviously leans towards more upbeat tempos, but there is the occasional slow-burner like “Analog Man” that offers a nice change of pace.
As the album soldiers on, there really aren’t many surprises. The band still has plenty of great gang-vocal parts that are perfect to sing along to. The riffs are fairly standard, but none of them feel unoriginal. Despite decades of writing this type of music, Accept somehow manages to avoid rehashing the past (or any of the other thousands of other similar sounding bands out there). Overall, it’s easy to be happy with “The Rise of Chaos” as it is definitely on par with everything else the band has done in the last decade, and even exceeds much of it!
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"Die By The Sword"
4.0/5 or 80%.
Written by Scott