"The Rise of Chaos"

By Professor Jocko

What are the elements that make a band successful? Let’s eliminate the obvious reasons such as record sales and headlining arena venues. However, what I’m talking about goes beyond that of financial statistics… what I’m talking about is the longevity of the band. Furthermore, a band that has been around for four decades that has stayed true to their original roots, not selling out or having to reinvent themselves in order to stay relevant in an environment that is constantly changing in musical trends. Granted, there have been many personnel changes over the last 15 studio albums for Accept, but the writing and vocals as well have the same trademarks that make them unique. Founding members Wolf Hoffmann (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass guitar) make sure that those key components are always in place. 

“The Rise of Chaos” marks the first Accept album with guitarist Uwe Lulis and drummer Christopher Williams, but still maintains the same raw energy with lead vocalist Mark Tornillo.  After the first few measures of the music are played, and the vocals roar in with "Die by the Sword", you soon realize that any previous notions you had about Accept are true. The sound is huge and the vocals are a lions roar of screams, where some are lower pitch, complimented by higher overrides. This is the main formula of the vocal techniques, but with such diversities that keep each song unique. 

The title track, "The Rise of Chaos” has the same apparent combination of writing styles, but utilizes more separations that allow the song to breathe. There are some verbal clichés with a couple of song titles on this album, such as "Hole in the Head", "No Regrets" and "Koolaid". These are both potentially good songs, with "Koolaid" being more dynamic…if you can get past your association of it as a popular children’s drink. There are some slight redundancies, however as the album progresses, as seen with "Analog Man" and "What's Done Is Done" with too many repeats with the chorus perhaps. It is said that you often remember the first and last item on any list. They made a good choice with selecting "Race to Extinction" as the final on this album. This song is flawless musically and is simply amazing when you consider the level of perfection between each member coming together as a finely-tuned machine.