Released: 1993, CMC International
Editors Note. Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of MASTER OF PUPPETS, POWERSLAVE or SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards our 10,000th review and the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any website were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
After enduring several years of misfortune, including releasing the reviled EAT THE HEAT album, the mighty Accept came back in 1993 with a bang. Reunited for the first time in seven years with the ever-unique Udo Dirkschneider, the band released this comeback album to critical acclaim, even if their commercial fortunes were not what they once were in the early ‘80s.
Of course, that did not stop them from trying for sales though, going so far as to include a thinly veiled re-write of “Balls to the Wall” called “I Don’t Wanna Be Like You”, perched as the second track on the album. In a nutshell, that’s perhaps the biggest downfall of this album: it is peak-period Accept rehashed, which still makes it better than most bands in the ‘90s metal crowd. Still, hindsight being what it is, an album with tracks like “Protectors of Terror” and “Slaves to Metal” was not going to sell in 1993.
Sales success aside, you cannot deny that OBJECTION OVERRULED contains some very solid Teutonic metal, like the storming title track, or the anti-drug rant “Bulletproof”. The ballad is a throwaway of course, but “All or Nothing” is a passable anthem. Throughout, Udo’s vocals are as strong and biting as ever, while Hoffmann owns the solos and riffs in his equally unique fashion, making the album an easy winner for Accept fans and, at the time, a welcome comeback.
That said, OBJECTION OVERRULED is clearly somewhat subpar for these Germans, particularly compared to the raging pair of albums they’ve put out with new man Mark Tornillo since 2010. After all is said and done, this album accomplished its goal of reintroducing the band, but there is a reason that only “Bulletproof” has survived into the band’s live sets in recent years. No question though, the album is worth hearing.