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For the first time officially on vinyl, the eleventh full-length studio album by legendary German Heavy Metal band.
Recorded at Sound Studios, Nashville (USA), "Predator" was Accept's last album before their hiatus from 1997, and their last recording with singer Udo Dirkschneider. Bassist Peter Baltes sung lead vocals on "Lay It Down", "It Ain't Over Yet" and "Primitive", as well as co-lead vocals on "Crossroads" songs.
Drums and percussion, except on "Primitive", and additional percussion on "Predator" were played by Michael Cartellone from Damn Yankees and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Right next to the self-titled album, "Predator" is probably the most ignored Accept album. It's no mystery as to why: when compared to its predecessors, "Death Row" and "Objection Overruled", it certainly comes out of left field. That isn't to say that this album is in any way a poor effort, though. It just takes some time to sink in. Wolf Hoffmann is clearly the chief creative force, here. His Classical and Country influences are very apparent, particularly on "Crossroads", which may actually be the strongest track on the album. The main Achilles' Heel of "Predator" is Peter Baltes' completely unwelcome melodic singing. Yes, Accept's bassist has a very nice singing voice, the problem here is that he seems to sing during parts that would sound much better with Udo growling them out. "Lay it Down" is a perfect example of one such missed opportunity. Just picturing in your mind Udo singing the chorus, it becomes immediately apparent just how misplaced Peter's melodic singing is on this album. In small doses, like on "Crossroads", the contrast of clean singing and Udo's growls really works in the music's favour, but the frequency of Peter's intrusion in the proceedings is really distracting and out-of-place, ultimately, and "It Ain't Over Yet" is a perfect example of this.
Otherwise, the record flows extremely well, and actually succeeds in many ways that "Death Row" and "Objection Overruled" failed, mainly by finding its own sound, and somehow bringing the band's diverse musical influences together while maintaining the Accept sound, somehow. That diversity probably reflects the fact that the band was pulling in different directions at this point, but oddly enough, that works in "Predator"'s favour. It opens up with an exceptionally strong track, "Hard Attack", and ends on a slightly awkward note, with a song that probably shouldn't even have made it into the final mix ("Primitive"). Though, really, the good and exceptional material on this album outweighs the bad by a lot.
Udo Dirkschneider left after this, but had his band U.D.O., which made a comeback. "Predator" was the last Accept album for a long, long time. The band went on a 14-year hiatus, but managed to pull a great comeback. While "Predator" remains one of them worst Accept albums, it's far from a totally shabby one. Not a totally bad album, but one of the least Accept-ish ones from them, certainly. But, you know, these things always happened...
RCA/BMG/Music On Vinyl, 1996/2019 (MOVLP2450). Made in Netherlands. First press.


Tracklist:

Side One
1. Hard Attack 4:45
2. Crossroads 5:13
3. Making Me Scream 4:14
4. Diggin' In the Dirt 4:01
5. Lay It Down 5:02

Side Two
1. It Ain't Over Yet 4:17
2. Predator 3:37
3. Crucified 3:01
4. Take Out The Crime 3:12
5. Don't Give A Damn 2:58
6. Run Through the Night 3:19
7. Primitive 4:38

Total playing time: 48:17 min.



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