ACCEPT: Russian Roulette: CD

The final release in the classic quartet of mid-period Accept, Russian Roulette, an album that proved if you wanted crunchy metal, nobody did it better. The band has been around since 1976 and this was to be their final album with lead vocalist Udo Dirkschneider until 1992.

The Cherry Red reissue finds the original ten tracks joined by a further three live songs which can originally be found on the 1990 live album, Staying A Life. “T.V. War” roars from the start, setting up a killer intro to this under-rated album. “Monsterman” keeps the high quality of the album going, “Russian Roulette” showcases gang vocals and builds into a massive track. “It’s Hard To Find A Way” is a more restrained track that has intensity and great vocals, “Walking In The Shadows” is a thick and heavy track that has incredible guitar playing. “Aiming High” is a definite highlight with a chorus that grabs you and doesn’t let go.

This excellent reissue from Cherry Red has a full sound, with mastering courtesy of Andy Pearce, and adds excellent liner notes by Malcolm Dome which feature contributions from drummer Stefan Kaufmann and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann, as well as vintage pictures and the three live tracks add value to this great album.