Accuser-The Mastery Review

Accuser are legends, on the same plain as Kreator, when it comes to being the founding fathers of German Thrash Metal, and Thrash Metal in general. Their catalogue needs no introduction but simply put, they have never delivered a bad album, in this writer’s humble opinion.  Two years since their last release, The Forlorn Divide, they are back, with a new album entitled The Mastery.

Opening track Mission:Missile really sets the tone for the record, as any good opening song should. It starts with sirens wailing and the guitars and drums beating in time together-think Hit The Lights- before moving into the pulsating rhythms that Accuser are known for. The Real World is lyrical heaviness, with melodies thrown in for good measure. Two songs in it is clear that Accuser are not going to be skimping on the heaviness. For good measure, Solace In Sorrow is thrown in to reinforce this.

Time for Silence and My Skin whilst not being slow songs by any means are definitely more reflective-if that is the right word- than the previous numbers, and as such deliver all the more bite because of that. Really, the band sounds in fighting form here, and that means these songs will translate well when played live. Harmonies abound on later songs, demonstrating the skills of guitarists Dennis and Frank.

The Mastery, is a good record to use to introduce someone to the quality that is Thrash Metal, and would serve as a useful springboard into the band’s catalogue as well. As a new record, it is clear that the songs here come from the heart and symbolise a band in their element.


Accuser Interview

With the release of their new album The Mastery today, I am pleased to announce that I was fortunate enough to speak with Accuser’s guitarist Dennis:

  1. Could you tell us a bit about the name of the band, and your influences?



“When the guys were sitting down to decide band names back in the 1980s, they wanted to incorporate addressing social issues into the band’s ethos, and so they started with the letter A, and soon landed at Accuser. As for my influences, I’m quite into the big four of Thrash-Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth- but also grew up listening to Accuser. As well as some other bands such as Animals as Leaders, Dream Theater and Guthrie Govan.”


  1. You mentioned you were a fan of Accuser growing up, what is it like being able to play in the band, and how did that come to be?


“Before I joined the band, I had met Frank, our main man, a few years before, and took a guitar lesson from him. He said that if they were ever in need of a guitar player, he’d ring me up. I didn’t believe him at that the time of course, but then a few years later, the call came. So far, it’s been really good.  When I started out with the guys, they were very much rooted in the old fashioned way to playing live and in the studio, whereas I’d grown up in the digital age, and was a big fan of amp simulation. Mainly because it’s easier to carry around and there is less hassle. However, the other guys weren’t too sure about it, but eventually they got accustomed and even liked it.”


  1. Accuser’s new album is perhaps one of the best they’ve ever released, could you talk us through the process of making it?


“Our previous record the Forlorn Divide took one and a half years to record and produce, we were quite meticulous with that record and continually changed things. We wrote the lyrics outside the studio and changed things. Whereas with The Mastery, everything came about quite quickly, it took about two to three weeks to record everything, lyrics were written in the studio, and so on and so forth. I’d say my favourite song on the record is Mission: Missile, the opening track on the record, as I think it has everything that an opening track should have.”


  1. What does the future hold for Accuser?


“We’re going to be doing a little tour in the future, and playing select shows elsewhere also, and festivals as we’ve always done.”