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Accuser - Diabolic

by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 18 April 2013, 1:51 PM

The cemented road back to the true nature of the accusation chair, a sole purpose to an impressive merriment of brutality meets class. Slowly and gradually, the hanging advocates of the Teutonic fury are back at least one step closer to their older selves. Stand and be counted before the German ACCUSER, led by the German version of Max Cavalera (ex-SEPULTURA, SOULFLY), Frank Thoms. I remember reviewing their comeback album of 2010, “Agitation”, finding it to be rather soothing, as it nourished from the band’s old groove fixations right before their evaporation following “Taken By The Throat”. I have to be honest I missed the release of the subsequent album, “Dependent Domination”, but I was glad to have known that the craving for the roots bore fruit with the likes and sounds of ACCUSER’s new butchering animal, “Diabolic”, released through the Red Shift. I suggest that you set yourself loose in your seat before this one as this is going to get rough and highly intense.

“Diabolic” made me smile and actually quite calmed, at least through the first moments of the album. Since the gap that I had with not listening to “Dependent Domination”, it didn’t cross my mind that ACCUSER will head that further back to their early discography of the late 80s to early 90s. Believe it or not that the first aspect that deemed that this is going to be distinctive is the album’s spellbinding sound engineering. I sensed the old school composure from within its veins though it was displayed as modern in direction. Second, as I stated earlier, ACCUSER returned to their diehard voracious days of “Who Dominates Who?”, “Double Talk”, “Repent” but also with a slice of “Reflections”, as actual Thrashers without seeding the need for additional grooves al’a MACHINE HEAD to aggrandize their rhythms. Furthermore, “Diabolic” flares with extra crisp chops of the skins, well executed Thrash rhythm guitar riffs that would take care of the craving for violence, and the demonstration of the chief ingredient that escalated with notable harmonies and created melodies. On other hand, the band’s comeback to the past also invited various of outer German treats that laid the law on their music such as the rages of nowadays EXODUS and TESTAMENT. Honestly, I have always found ACCUSER to be more American in their Thrash, skull cavers and inexorable, in comparison to their Teutonic peers as KREATOR, SODOM or DESTRUCTION, which ran on much extremer vibes with their formulations.

Fundamentally, “Diabolic” is a tightly bread Thrash Metal album, indulging, what seemed to me, as the band’s hankering to return to the old days, where the fist was punched right in the face without stop signs until the entire bone structure was broken, yet with class. Though I don’t have anything against the occasional modern grooving, picture of the 90s in my bill, I prefer the strengthened approach of palm muted riffing. “Save Your Legend” is an excellent sledgehammer, merciless as the rest of them, but yet better composed that anything around this album. The harmonic section right after the solo is magical played with such great energies. The main riffing isn’t that different from your common EXODUS slates, but the chorus riffing surely provided something amazing. Tough nutcrackers, or plain blood soaked baseball bats, “Beyond the Blackness”, “Remains of Chaos” and “Cannibal Insanity” (bearing a soloing type that might resemble SLAYER) keeping the same vehement ambiance of the former, seeping every bit of class of early 90s Bay Area Thrashers with a miniature extras from late 80s SEPULTURA. Summing this up, for some reason ACCUSER has never been one of Germany’s foremost Thrash bands, sometimes I contemplate on that actually. ACCUSER tend to repeat themselves at times, but there is more to it. Their music, and their wall of sound throughout the album, are loyal to the true nature of the genre, keeping the old flame with the best of their indictment chair. The addition of the extra melodic ends was so needed and is provided substantially. Maybe this is the elevation they need to finally be counted themselves.          

4 Star Rating

1. Apocalyptic Decay
2. Diabolic
3. Cannibal Insanity
4. Deification
5. Dethroned
6. Beyond the Blackness
7. Save Your Legend
8. Immortal Aggression
9. Remains of Chaos
10. World Wide Violence
Frank Thoms – Guitar / Vocals
Uwe Schmidt – Guitar
Frank Kimpel – Bass
Olli Fechner - Drums
Record Label: Red Shift


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