Originally formed in Athens, Greece, in 2007, Accelerator have been producing material in one form or another, with different line-ups ever since. The current self titled album reached completion at the end of 2014.
Higher Than The Sky – Opening with a typically fun speed riff, this instantly reminds me of the traditional classic bands that first perfected these sounds. Very typically NWOHM. Quick pace throughout, fab power vocals and just the right kind of blistering drums you want in a production of this ilk. Note that here, it’s not about the heaviness of the drum hits, but the frenetic pace, working brilliantly alongside the fast-paced sexy riffs and practiced to perfection power screams. This one slides down nicely). That’s the way to open an album!
By The Blade – Oh yeah! Nice smooth bluesy steady intro, with more of those heavenly sexy vocals and brilliantly timed drumming and all the time, those gorgeous twiddly riffs continue moving higher and higher up the scale). Very much a sing along instant hit you can get straight into. That’s what you call a winning beat! Pounding, rhythmic and flawless. Love it.
Warchildren – Ooh, get that riff intro – that could almost have been the intro to Metallica’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’ album. A dam good thing to my mind, when you’re able to make such a reference. Another get straight into, sing along, catchy winner. This gets better and better. Nice acoustic slowing of the guitars in the midsection there; steadily speeding up again in that truly metallic way that just makes you want to scream for more. Some real truth and passion in those vocals. Nice riff and drum closing section on that last vocal. Stunning.
Final Destination – Here’s an intriguingly ripply type riff intro, immediately and expertly followed by slightly more melancholic lyrics and vocal sounds and more of the highly pro drumming. OMG that beat is just divine! Another sense of reminiscence of old inspirational metal tracks that stick for ever in the memory; at this point, Judas Priest’s ‘Out in the Cold’ springs immediately to mind. This title summarises it well, cos it knows exactly where it’s going and it’s sung with such total and utter conviction, especially on that ‘final’ line at the end. Simply sublime.
A Heavenly Quest – Now this carries a mediaeval sound to its string and woodwind intro and it’s quite beautiful. Closely followed up by another ‘Tallica style riff, with equally soundalike drum beats, only these vocals are very much individual to this particular singer. A great rapid pace throughout and honestly, I could listen to these riffs and vocals for ever. You just literally feel the power within them so strongly. Oh yes! That power scream just clinched it for me. These guys could produce a ‘Heavy Metal Killer’s’ album all of their own. I’d defy anyone not to join in with this and reserve it for all eternity, in their very own mental notebook of top-rated power metal songs of all time.
The Bells Of Notre Dame – Bang! That just about sums up this intro. It’s like these guys have taken every classic historical riff and rejigged it into their own unforgettable, racy formula. High-powered vocals, riffs to die for, drum beats you could just climb all over and … well you get the idea. The whole thing just literally screams power! This track, in particular, thoroughly epitomises the band’s name. That’s really the best way to sum it up. It’s basically, an audio-visual representation of an accelerator. Yes, I know, yet another reference to fast, sexy cars, but you know what? There’s no getting away from it – fast cars and sexy metal go together well. See how carried away this track’s got me? That says something.
On Through The Night – A lovely gentle, finger picking, bluesy riff intro … inevitably followed by more of that awesome heaviness. Very Hair Metal, this one. Into its stride and flowing brilliantly. Slight fluctuation between different rhythms towards the end, all of which are all you could want in a sexy metal song. Very strong, powerful ending. Never loses its momentum for one second.
Accelerator – *Title Track*. Back to a modern-day ‘Tallica – this is good, in my eyes. Damn you, guys, this is yet another pen I’m about to wreck, drumming along with your songs! Loving those continuously meaty riffs! Just had to scream along with that final closing scream). Hit it perfectly too! Just another stunner.
I Take My Path – Slower and more contemplative intro here. So far, we seem to have a new and unique version of Priests’ ‘Diamonds and Rust’ – beautiful – truly beautiful. The riffs on here just sing their heart out to you. This is how to truly get inside the hearts of listeners. You feel the very real rawness of these vocals and it’s a genuinely great unique, closing feature. The longest track so far and if this doesn’t get right into your heart and soul, then you really have to question your very existence. It’s very true to say you feel this entire track quite literally bleeding out its pain and sorrow on a very deep level. This song is the absolute crux of everything. Here lies the shining heart and soul of absolute metal purity in its most sincere and human form. I’ve got to tell you that I just want this track to go on forever.
Overall – An essential metal masterpiece of epically sustained proportions. Holding within it everything that was good about metal’s history and moving it solidly into the present. This will get you, mind, heart and soul. A demonstration of the utter love, beauty, passion and perfection that lives within metal. There truly aren’t words. Bliss. Sheer metallic bliss.
For fans of Metallica, Judas Priest, Anthrax, speed/power/thrash metal and NWOHM in general.