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Accelerator

     
         
         
         
     
             
Accelerator are a speed/power metal band from Greece formed in 2007 who have released their debut album in 2015.    
             
With a name like Accelerator you would expect there music to be full of pace and high tempo. And disappointed you will not be. The album opens with the energetic 'Higher Than The Sky', with blistering guitars and thunderous drums. 'By The Blade' echoes the powerful style of British icons Judas Priest. Guitar solos are clean and clear and the music takes on a kind of formulaic that has worked well for so many bands over the years. 'Final Destination' is full of swagger as it struts its stuff, mid tempo, bordering on ballad like vocals but with a sound too heavy to be a ballad.    
             
Thankfully the speed metal pace returns in the shape of 'A Heavenly Quest' and head banging can begin again. 'The Bells Of Notre Dame' takes on the sound and style of Judas Priest once again, and while that's not a bad thing, you would like to think that Accelerator should be forging their own unique sound. When I first looked at the track list I thought that maybe 'On Through The Night' was a Def Leppard cover...but I'm glad to say I was wrong. Phew. This 'On Through The Night' is a power metal romp with chunky guitars and cracking guitar solos. The self title song 'Accelerator' does just that...it accelerates to become a speed metal super song. High intensity, high energy, this is a definite highlight on the album. With a seven minute plus song to end the album you may agree with me that this is the stuff that Iron Maiden are famous for, And with 'I Take My Path' starting out with a slow burning intro we may just be right! But wait, no we are wrong. Where Iron Maiden would increase pace and thunder off to a finish, Accelerator never really get going with 'I Take My Path' and the album ends with a whimper rather than a bang.    
             
Overall, standard, almost formulaic speed metal from a band that shows promise at various moments during the album but ultimately fail to deliver at a consistent level.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Vlad Nowajczyk (Vlad Rocker)    
             
             
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