Accuser
ACCUžER are a thrash metal band from Kreuztal, Germany that formed in the early 80's. Despite never being able to land a contract with a major label they continued to release a string of successful underground releases before finally disbanding in the mid-90's. After their demise, guitarist Frank Thoms and RenÚ Shultz formed a new band called Scartribe. However, whenever Scartribe performed the fans demanded to hear Accuser material, so in 2002, Frank and RenÚ decided to get Accuser back together. The saga continues...
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Accužer - The Conviction/Experimental Errors (Koch) 1987/1988

1. "Evil liar" (5:56)
2. "Down by law" (7:18)
3. "Law of war" (4:10)
4. "Screaming for guilt" (4:01)
5. "Accuser" (10:20)
6. "Sadistic terror" (3:19)
7. "The conviction" (6:06)
8. "The persuasion" (1:29)
9. "Black suicide" (6:14)
10. "Terroristic violence" (6:00)
11. "Technical excess" (8:00)
12. "F-H-W-C" (3:42)
13. "Ratouli " (:25)

This is a 1997 CD reissue of Accužer's first two albums on one disc. Both discs are outstanding, raw and speedy thrash metal, not unlike fellow German thrashers Kreator, Sodom and Destruction. Being that this is true, I wonder why these guys never reached the plateau of success or don't have the underground following that these bands have. Perhaps it was marketing, or maybe it was the terrible cover art, because it sure isn't the music. Everything is in place, right down to the epic songs, technical song structures, raw vocals and aggressive delivery.

Who Dominates Who? Accužer - Who Dominates Who? (Atom H) 1989

1. "Master of Disaster" (7:47)
2. "Who Pulls the Wire?" (4:16)
3. "Elected to Suffer" (6:39)
4. "Symbol of Hate" (5:35)
5. "Who Dominates Who? " (5:14)
6. "Bastard" (6:08)
7. "Called to the Bench" (8:22)
8. "Black Suicide" (6:14)
9. "Terrorist Violence" (6:00)

This was the first Accužer CD I had ever heard. It was al surprise gift from a good friend from overseas who knows my tastes in music and knows I can't resist a good thrash band. AccužER play late 80's technical thrash metal with a raw aggressive edge. Their sound is similar in style to what many of the German thrash bands of the times were doing, which is just fine in my opinion as I love this style. I wish there were still bands left that sounded like this: speedy riffs, fast solos, pummeling double bass and aggressive, yet coherent vocals. The mastering on this CD reissue is a bit weak, but that is easily remedied with a crank of the volume knob. This one kept me thrashing for weeks after I received it and had me on an instant search for the rest of AccužER's catalogue.

Double Talk Accužer - Double Talk (Atom H) 1991

1. "Double Talk" (2:53)
2. "The Freeze" (5:29)
3. "Money" (6:59)
4. "Flag Waver" (8:13)
5. "Why Me" (5:02)
6. "Indistinct Articulation" (:32)
7. "Revolution" (8:05)
8. "Alcowhore" (7:24)
9. "Accuser" (10:20)
10. "Sadistic Terror" (3:19)
11. "The Conviction" (6:06)

Mosh it up baby! What we have here is some fast and furious, technical thrash with serious Bay Area influences. I hear little of the German influence on this disc, as was on some of their past albums. Accuser's "Double Talk" could have been released with the flood of Bay Area thrash that was being released in '91 and they would have been ahead of the pack. Unfortunately they had no U.S. distribution and little in the way of marketing so instead of being leaders, they were relegated to having an underground cult following. Not unlike early Kreator and Destruction, however, Accuser have more aggressive, gritty, shouted thrash metal vocals than do bands like Testament, Exodus, or Forbidden. Lyrically the band comes down hard on the US government in songs like "Double Talk" and "Flag Waver" in which they refer to Americans as "hypocrites" and the American government as "the war machine," which explains the cover art a bit. They also cover topics such as the killing of animals for such ridiculous things as beauty products ("Sadistic Terror), being a slave to money ("Money (Don't Stink)") and alcoholism ("Alcowhore"). One minor irritant is the mastering on this disc is a bit low. Crank it up and this problem disappears and you are once again moshing in the halls of your home. By the way, I should also mention that this AccužER page is being brought to you courtesy of an American fan!

Repent Accužer - Repent (Teichiku Records) 1992

1. "Rotting From Within" (4:38)
2. "Repent" (5:02)
3. "Get Saved" (4:32)
4. "Sacrifice Machine" (6:26)
5. "The Living Dead" (4:20)
6. "The Drones" (4:18)
7. "Judgment Gone Blind" (5:41)
8. "Nosferatu" (4:07)
9. "Metal Machine Music" (5:28)
Accuser 1992

I wasn't sure what to expect on this disc, being that there is such a change in style from the three disc that proceed "Repent" to the ones that follow. However, be assured that "Repent" is fast becoming my favorite disc by Germany's AccužER This is just utter annihilation set to a mosh beat. This particular album put AccužER aside bands like Believer for technical thrash metal superiority. Every song is just straight forward thrash, with the possible exception of "Metal Machine Music" which adds a bit of an industrial flare. Despite the misleading title and cover art, AccužER are not a Christian band. One read through the lyrics and one can see that the band is criticizing the hypocritical and greedy leaders of the church who use Jesus as a means to line their pockets and control people. This particular CD was impossible to find, until a Japanese trader emailed me. Man, the internet is so cool. Anyhow, we hooked each other up. He found me two CDs that I could never seem to find in the US and I found two for him that were very obscure metal titles. (Thanks for the trade Ryo.)

Accužer - Reflections (Major Records) 1994

1. "The Wreckage" (3:11)
2. "Misery" (6:03)
3. "Cowboy on a String" (3:39)
4. "The Jack of All Trades" (5:40)
5. "Reflections" [instrumental] (1:53)
6. "Unite/Divide" (5:14)
7. "Into the Void" (6:25)
8. "Burn!" (5:06)
9. "Manic Ride" (5:40)

Reflections is a pulverizing, knee-jerking, neck-snapping, head-banging assault to the ears. Accuser add some new, more modern ideas to their already aggressive thrash sound and come up with a cross between Machine Head and Testament with a Megadeth-like accessibility. This is one of those discs that are dangerous to play in your car because speed limits tend to be forgotten. Accuser are certainly one of the best, albeit one of the most unknown, of the thrash metal genre. Century Media released this disc in America with similar artwork and the exact same track listing and order. As far as I know, this is the only AccužER to see release in the US Should also mention that "Reflections" was produced by Alex Perialas who is know for his work with such bands as Testament and Wrathchild America.

Confusion Romance Accužer - Confusion Romance (Major Records) 1994

1. "Head Like A Hole" (5:18)
2. "Confusion Romance" (5:00)
3. "Cowboy On A String" (3:39)
4. "Driver's Seat" (3:53)
5. "Misery" [live] (6:00)
6. "Repent" [live] (4:53)

Killer EP featuring two covers, two originals, and two live tracks. "Head Like A Hole" is a Trent Reznor track and one of the best on the disc. "Driver's Seat" is a cool thrash meets acoustic cover of the British band Sniff 'n' the Tears' 1978 song "Driver's Seat". (Who the heck are Sniff 'n' the Tears?) An obscure cover no doubt, and one that took me a while to figure out. The two live tracks sound almost as good as the studio tracks. Both songs are performed tight and are well recorded. Glad to finally get this EP, the last disc to complete my AccužER collection.

Accužer - Taken By The Throat (Koch) 1995

1. "Helium" (4:14)
2. "Taken by the Throat" (3:51)
3. "Fatal Vision" (4:38)
4. "Fire Ignites" (4:25)
5. "Obey!" (3:38)
6. "Condemnation" (4:22)
7. "Blasting In Progress" (6:28)
8. "The Slug" (4:30)
9. "Stonefaced" (3:48)
10. "Amnesia" (5:32)

This album is just freaking brutal. Thoughts of Sepultura meets Carcass came to mind as I was thrashing my car speakers the first time I popped this disc in. How this band never made it outside Germany, like fellow thrashers Kreator or Destruction is beyond me. The vocals take on a slightly hardcore yell, as opposed to the more thrash like singing of their earlier albums. The guitar riffs on this album are outstanding and would leave Pantera with jaws dropped to the floor. I'm not 100% sure of this but I think this was the band's last release after close to ten years together. I assume that the band was frustrated by a lack of success after releasing so many stellar albums over the years.

Agitation Accu§er - Agitation (Red Shift) 2010

1.    No Feats (4:56)
2.    Chaincrusher (4:16)
3.    Century of the Fall (4:07)
4.    King of South (5:59)
5.    Agitation [instrumental] (2:52)
6.    Prophecies (5:14)
7.    The Eye of the Truth (4:52)
8.    Strength for All (5:55)
9.    Criminal Solution (6:42)

It's simply astonishing the number of thrash bands that have reformed from the 1980's after dispersing and disappearing in the mid-to-late 1990's. Add Germany's Accu§er to the mix. Their decade long career started around 1986 and ended somewhere around 1995-96. Only a single member remains here from the band's 1987 debut "The Conviction", vocalist/guitarist Frank Thoms. However, long-time lead guitarist René Schütz, who joined Accu§er on ther 1988 Experimental Errors EP, is also on-board for this reunion. The rhythm section consists of Frank Kimpel (bass) and Olli Fechner (drums). The four original formed under the new name Scartribe and began recording some demos. Eventually the band just decided to return to the name Accu§er, and why not? The band's first new release in 15 years, "Agitation," sounds like it could have been the immediate follow-up to 1995's "Taken By the Throat".

Unlike many of the reformed bands and the hordes of New Wave of Thrash Metal bands, Accu§er have not tried to recapture 1985 all over again. Rather the band moves forward with a sound that is a nice mixture of modern metal and classic thrash metal. "Agitation" is not only a return to where the band left off, but is actually more solid from front to back than their last record. Rather than just trying to hammer everyone over the head with a "heavier-than-thou" approach, they offer creativity in the songwriting and aren't afraid to slow things down when necessary and even add in some elements that many traditional thrash metal bands would avoid.

The sound here is heavy, down-tuned, slightly technical, with melodic guitar lines that keep the songs feeling fresh. As a matter of fact, after two opening songs that will crush any listener like a 10 ton weight, "Century of the Fall" adds in some nice Thin Lizzy inspired dual-guitar leads. "No Feats" is a crushing opener, with some choice guitar leads and nice melody wrapped-up against Thoms brute-force vocals. "Chaincrusher" follows up with more speed and pummeling heavy riffs that are sure to get most metal fans head banging along.  "King of South" and "Strength of All" switch up the pace a bit, moving more into the slower, groove-based, yet equally heavy territories. "King of the South" features some more melodic guitar parts and a choice guitar solo jumbled into the song. Oddly enough, the title track is a melodic, mellow instrumental that reminded me of the opening moments of Kiss' "Rock Bottom". The song acts as an intro to "Prophecies", a song that has a great lead section and a killer thrash drive in the verses, but also features a 'core breakdown that are sure to turn off some thrash metal purists. However, that down-tuned breakdown gives way to the guitar solo section and some nice dual leads. As stated, "Agitation" is a mixture of modern metal and classic thrash metal. Kudos to Accu§er for doing what they want and not jumping on a bandwagon.

“Agitation” is a solid comeback and a viciously under-appreciated release by this classic German band. It's not an album for those looking for a kick-back to 1985, but those who can appreciate a band that has transformed their thrash metal into something new will find plenty to digest here.

Dependent Accu§er - Dependent Domination (Red Shift) 2011

1.       Presentiment (1:00)
2.       Beneath Your Dignity (6:02)
3.       Torn to Pieces (3:17)
4.       Desolate Shape (5:39)
5.       Escape from the Oath (5:25)
6.       Dependent Domination (3:59)
7.       Mastering Punishment (4:15)
8.       Death to the Traitor (4:22)
9.       As You Bleed (6:02)
10.      The Cause of All Evil (3:51)
11.      Behold & Beware (5:41)

After only a year, the reunited Accu§er returns with another new album. With "Dependent Domination", the band sticks to their musical guns, cranking out more straight riff heavy thrash that falls somewhere between their 80's sound and their more groove oriented 90's albums. As usual, the guitars are heavy, thick and carry most of the songs. As with the band's 2010 comeback album, the first actual song (after a short intro) simply pounds you over the skull with pure intensity and sheer aggression. This is what modern thrash metal should sound like; chugging riffs, smoking guitar leads, pounding drums and head-banging songwriting. The follow-up track "Torn To Pieces" slows down the paced a bit, adds some more groove, but doesn't diminish the intensity whatsoever. Both these songs are simply crushing and reinforce what I like so much about Accu§er. "Escape from the Oath" is a fast-paced thrasher with a quick down-beat and some small Slayer-riffic guitar passages. "The Cause of all Evil" features some nice machine gun riffing. Frank Thorns' vocals here are aggressive and shouted in an almost punk-like fury, though in no way would I describe them as being "core". Imagine a mix of late 80's Metallica, mixed with later day Testament, some of the groove of Pantera and perhaps just a touch of Machine Head. That's sort of the mixture of sound that makes up "Dependent Domination". Once again, the current crop of thrash purists may not particularly like the more modern elements, or the bits of groove mixed into Accu§er's sound. However those who don't hold bands up to a rigid definition of what thrash should be should find much to like about Accu§er.

Diabolic Accu§er - Diabolic (Red Shift Music) 2013

1. Apocalyptic Decay (6:03)
2. Diabolic (5:47)
3. Cannibal Insanity (5:09)
4. Deification (5:49)
5. Dethroned (6:56)
6. Beyond the Blackness (6:53)
7. Save Your Legend (5:14)
8. Immortal Aggression (6:56)
9. Remains of Chaos (5:06)
10. World Wide Violence (7:32)

Album number three for Accu§er since reforming a few years ago. As with the last two, "Diabolic" is another fast and furious album of Teutonic thrash metal. Frank Thoms and Co. continue to mix together the old-school thrash metal ways of their own classic albums "Who Dominates Who?" and "Repent" with the more modern influences and production qualities of the criminally underrated "Reflections". The album opens with a short, melodic musical interlude before unleashing a fury that doesn't let up for the entirety of the album. It's pretty clear what Accu§er were setting out to do, create an album that is a fast aggressive aural assault that will grab you by the jugular and not let go until the very last note has faded. The entire album is packed full of infectious riffs. From front to back it's just one machine gun riff after another driving each and every song. Add to the bone crushing riffs a tight rhythm section and you've got the formula for "Diabolic". But where Accuser excels where other bands fail is in the songwriting. The speed for speed sake ethic can get very boring after a while if not coupled with strong songs and the right mix of melody and hooks. Accu§er have managed to find that perfect blend with all the speed, power, amplitude, hooks and melody.

Though I feel "Diabolic" is a solid album from front to back, after only a few spins, a few songs began to stick out in my mind. Album opener "Apocalyptic Decay" is a brilliant display of aggression with chugging riffs and Thorns' Sepultura-esque vocals. "Deification" is absolutely pummeling with Thorns sounds a bit like Chuck Billy at his most brutal. "Save You Legend" is definitely on of the standout cuts on the album. Like most of the songs, this song is built around aggressive, in-your-face riffing. The solo section and the bridge right after the solo is brilliant. As well, the dual lead in the middle of "Dethroned" leading into the infectious groove just after should grab the attention of thrash metal monger.

I've said it before and I'll say it again here, Accu§er deserve to be on the same level as the other well known German thrash bands and are easily one of the most underrated thrash bands to come out of the 80's. "Diabolic" is a neck-breaking, ear-splitting, head-busting thrash metal album and easily one of the best of 2013.

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