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Accu§er - Accuser Award winner

by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 25 November 2020, 12:44 PM

There are times when surprises hit you like 10 thousand tons of bricks, because it’s impossible to follow every Metal band in the world, due the huge number of releases that we must deal with every day. But the German quartet ACCU§ER created something great on “Accuser”.

It’s a massive and brutal form of Technical Thrash Metal that isn’t usual for traditional German Thrash names as KREATOR, because they carry a lot of modern Thrash Metal influences, including the use of bitter (but hooking) melodies under the massive aggressiveness of their music. It’s similar to what SUICIDAL ANGELS do: a massive and Old School Thrash Metal form, but with a modern outfit that makes things better and different from the clones that infest Thrash Metal scene since the end of the 90’s (in the greater part, those who want to emulate what was already done).

The production of the album was done to increase both aggressive and technical aspects of their musical work, but in a clean and defined way that allows the listeners to understand what is being played. And all without trying to be old fashioned or to clone what many bands already did (and that they left in the past).

The fast and full of energy “Misled Obedience” (very good guitar riffs and solos), the good abrasive tempos of “Phantom Graves”, the catchy and rich instrumental arrangements of “Lux in Tenebris” (great bass and drums playing), the contrasts between Thrash Metal parts with melodic introspective moments of “Be None the Wiser” (so the vocals show very good contrasts of tunes), the hammering weighty energy of “Rethink” and “The Eliminator”, and the mass killing heavy crush of “A Cycle’s End” are their finest musical assaults on the album.

It’s impressive, personal and full of energy, so listen to (and buy) “Accuser” and be prepared to tell how ACCU§ER will melt your ears and skulls!

Songwriting: 10
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Misled Obedience
2. Phantom Graves
3. Temple of All
4. Lux in Tenebris
5. Be None the Wiser
6. Rethink
7. Psychocision
8. Contamination
9. The Eliminator
10. Seven Lives
11. A Cycle’s End
12. Urgent
Frank Thoms - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
René Schütz - Lead Guitar
Frank Kimpel - Bass
Olli Fechner - Drums
Record Label: Metal Blade Records


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