Accept’s Too Mean To Die: steel-booted ferocity from Germany’s second greatest classic metal band

Ageless German warhorses Accept show the kids how metal should be done on new album Too Mean To Die

Accept - Too Mean To Die album cover
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Forefathers of German metal, Accept have made an impact on the thrash, hard rock and their hometown scene over four decades. The suggestion that the Udo Dirkschneider-fronted era(s) could be recaptured seemed inconceivable until New Jersey’s Mark Tornillo joined, and five albums later Accept are as peerless as they ever were. Too Mean To Die is crammed with gnarly yet hummable nuggets of ferociousness, polished to perfection by producer Andy Sneap, who miraculously pulled the album together across thousands of miles despite lockdown restrictions. You want proof that metal’s past can be transposed into the present? Look no further.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.