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Accuser - The Forlorn Divine

The Forlorn Divine
by Johnny Jackal at 24 June 2016, 7:57 AM

From 2004 to 2008, they were known as SCARTRIBE and since 2008, they are back to the old name of ACCUSER. They are 30 year veterans of the thrash metal scene and unsung heroes of the German movement with bands like DESTRUCTION, SODOM and PROTECTOR.

The German scene brought a ton of bands since the mid eighties and were the European counterparts to the speed and thrash metal scene we saw in North America with bands like METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX, the good old big four. I would compare ACCUSER to the other big 4, which are OVERKILL, EXODUS, ANNIHILATOR and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. They are as important as the big four in my eyes. Bands that never got the recognition that should have deserved in the first place.

In 2016 we have seen a resurgence of sorts in Thrash Metal, we had also of awesome albums by bands like DEATH ANGEL, DESTRUCTION and CRIMINAL to name a few. I can safely say that this album by ACCUSER is also a great achievement in the genre.
I listened to this album this morning while coming to work (and we a few hours of sleep in these last few days) and safe to say, it really woke me up! Solid album, much more technical then I would have thought of a modern Thrash Metal band. The lead guitar is quite impressive and there is solid work on this album.

They strained from the path back in the mid 2000s and lost a little bit of their focus and put together good albums but it lacked a lot of the Thrash Metal roots. It sounded a lot like a mix of MACHINE HEAD with some old NEURAXIS. When they came back to the name ACCUSER, well they came back to their old ways. It sounded a lot like their older albums but with a renewed energy. The quality of the production is way better and it’s just non-stop aggressive music. There is no killing time or rest periods, it’s straight from the second song to the last one. The first song does not count to be honest, it’s just a solid intro to a very structured and complete album.

If you love the origins of Thrash Metal and you want something more technical, this band is for you! By far one the best albums I have listened to this year and looking forward to dig in their past and reconnect with this really underappreciated and underrated band.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Predawn
2. Lust for Vengeance
3. Unreal Perception
4. Arbitrary Law
5. Impending Doom
6. Tribulation
7. Perish by Oblivion
8. Fifth Column
9. Sulfur Rain
10. Flow of Dying
Frank Thoms : Vocals, Rhythm Guitars
Olli Fechner : Drums
Frank Kimpel : Bass
Dennis Rybakowski : Lead Guitar
Record Label: Metal Blade Records


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