Saturday, 27 September 2014

CD Review: Russian Roulette, by Accept (1986)

Accept's final outing with lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider until the 1993 reunion, Russian Roulette enjoys its moments but is an overall rather lethargic affair.

The band remain loyal to their power metal origins built on a dual guitar assault and Udo's scratchy shriek vocals, although there are intriguing hints of maturity sprinkled throughout. There is also plenty of heat and heart throughout the album, none more so than on the quite astounding album opener T.V. War. Full of galloping intent and majestic Blackmoresque guitar work from lead axemen Hoffman and Fischer, T.V. War is an epic example of the band's capabilities.

Monsterman is more thoughtful but also more traditional while album closer Stand Tight turns down all the knobs and celebrates swaying togetherness. But true to the band's patchy form the rest of the album rarely stretches. On the less impressive side, It's Hard To Find A Way veers close to blatant filler, while elsewhere the material is typical Accept fare, simple melodies, plenty of power, well-intentioned solos and no shortage of effort, but without enough of the magical gel that transforms competent to memorable.

There is one shiny bullet on Russian Roulette, but it's not enough to squarely hit a satisfying target.


Udo Dirkschneider - Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann - Guitar
Jorg Fischer - Guitar
Peter Baltes - Bass
Stefan Kaufmann - Drums


1. T.V. War - 10
2. Monsterman - 8
3. Russian Roulette - 7
4. It's Hard To Find A Way - 6
5. Aiming High - 7
6. Heaven Is Hell - 7
7. Another Second To Be - 7
8. Walking In The Shadow - 7
9. Man Enough To Cry - 7
10. Stand Tight - 8

Average: 7.40

Produced by Accept.
Engineered by Michael Wagener. Mixed by Mark Dodson. Mastered by Bob Ludwig.

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