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Review: Accept - Too Mean to Die
Too Mean to Die

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 52:12
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: December 29, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.93/5 (78.57%) (14 Votes)

Accept have been pretty consistent since Blood of the Nations, though they came back with such a bang that the albums that followed just couldn't top it. The same is true of Too Mean to Die. The foundations are all there: crunchy, fast, melodic and super catchy heavy metal with Udo-esque vocals. The only problem, which has "plagued" the last few albums, is that Too Mean to Die sounds like they're playing it safe and just going through the motions (admittedly, good motions ;)). Fortunately, this is Accept we're talking about here, so even a safe album is entertaining and catchy and filled with sing-along vocal lines and cool crunchy riffs and solos. That said, this is a very diverse album that mixes the old and the new Accept in terms of style; some songs could have been a good fit on one of their '80s albums. I found that "The Undertaker" (possibly my favourite along with opener "Zombie Apocalypse") would even feel right at home on a U.D.O. album as it is very much in the same mould as that band's melodic repertoire. Bottom line, Too Mean to Die is a really good album. It didn't blow my socks off like Blood of the Nations did, but it's solid "Accept heavy metal" and there's not one bad song to be found, so it's definitely worth checking out.

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