EMQs with Acid Reign

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EMQs with Acid Reign

Hi everyone. Welcome to our new EMQs interview with Acid Reign. Huge thanks to vocalist Howard H Smith for taking park!

 
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Howard H Smith and I am vocalist with UK thrash band Acid Reign. We go back to the 80’s so history available here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_Reign   It’s too much to type! 😊

How did you come up with your band name?

Bass player came up with it.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

England. All good thanks, thriving.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

New album “The Age Of Entitlement” was out on September 27th 2019.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fish from Marillion.

What first got you into music?

Marillion made me fall in love with music. I already liked music but they were my first love.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

We are collaborating with one of my favourite artists Suzanne Vega on our new album.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Goodwood Festival of Speed, some of the most awesome cars you will ever see all gathered in one place. Heaven.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A handmade Acid Reign lighter for my 47th birthday in Almera Spain.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

See you out on the road!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dave Mustaine. Too soon?

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Performing live and creating new music. People moaning on social media because bands do not plan their careers/tours/releases around THEIR wishes. Hence The Age Of Entitlement”.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Festivals/venues taking a percentage of merch sales.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Reign In Fucking Blood!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD’s for the car, Vinyl for the house and Downloads on the move.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Bloodstock 2015, hands down the best show this band has EVER played.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I have been a stand-up comedian for 25 years and still am!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mohammed Ali, Gore Vidal, Bill Hicks, Salvador Dali and Jeff Hanneman

What’s next for the band?

Touring our first album for 29 years, festivals and all that good stuff.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Here you go:

https://www.facebook.com/acid.reign.thrash

https://www.instagram.com/acidreignukac/

https://acidreign1.bandcamp.com/

http://wwwyoutube.com/user/AcidReignTV

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit! You can tell by the shape and size, it’s a cake in name only.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for the support and to all of you reading this. It feels great to be back with a new album after all these years. If you haven’t heard it please seek out The Age Of Entitlement I promise it’s not shit! 😊

Thanks that was a lot of fun with some cool and unique questions.

 

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Victor Augusto’s Top Ten Albums of 2019

Victor Augusto’s Top Ten Albums of 2019
By Victor Augusto

Before I let you loose on Victor’s Top Ten Albums of 2019 I would just like to thank him for all of his hard work this year. It’s been great to have you onboard!

Definitely 2019 was not an easy year for me. After a couple of years of intense dedication to my local Heavy Metal scene, I realized I was walking in circles and wasting energies in the middle of many egocentrical people. I also lost time with bands that don’t appreciate my support.

Before I changed my focus to professional bands, I spent a few months trying to recover myself from my mental exhaustion and I wasn’t able to follow all the good releases, but the few I heard were enough for me. So here are my impressions of what were the best this year.

10 – Acid Reign – The Age of Entitlement

10 – Acid Reign - The Age of Entitlement

The UK band Acid Reign appeared at the end of the eighties and quit in the early nineties, but they returned in this decade and let clear to the world that they still can record a killer album. “The Age Of Entitlement” just shows their creativity to play incredible riffs, as a good Thrash Metal band does. The band also explored the melodies of classic British Heavy Metal bands. All of it together with an incredible recording/production was enough to show to the world that Acid Reign is really back.

https://www.facebook.com/acid.reign.thrash/


09 – Kamala – Live in France

09 – Kamala – Live in France

Since their first years, Kamala wasn’t just a one more awesome band among all other great Brazilian bands. They put some mantras and oriental music to complement their heavy music and built a great name in their country. In this decade they changed their sonority to a straight Thrash Metal and also started to tour in Europe. From all the countries that they played, France was the one that really embraced this trio with the same passion that the band put forward when playing for French Metalheads. “Live in France” is one more brick in this great career in Europe and a great way to show that Kamala is getting bigger, even after almost 17 years on road.

https://www.facebook.com/kamalaofficial/


08 – Acero Nacional – Trueno

08 - Acero Nacional – Trueno

If you think South American Metalheads are insane, you have probably never seen the Chilean ones. Bands from there also have this spirit and you just have to analyze the name Acero Nacional to understand it. The band’s name means “National Steel” and the steel is a reference to the people who works with this metal in metallurgy industries. The band represents the workers in their country and “Trueno” (Thunder in Spanish) sounds like the title; Strong, fast and devastator.

https://www.facebook.com/aceronacional/


07 – Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno

07 – Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno

As a fan of extreme Metal I have always loved Fleshgod Apocalypse since the first time I saw the video of ‘The Violation’ in 2012. For me, they are the great new mainstream band that appeared in this decade. Instead the same old stuff from all Death/Black Metal bands; they just put opera and al Italian influence. For my surprise, the band drastically changed their line-up for this album, but I still feel the same spirit in their music. Actually, they are better in my opinion. The songs are not extremely fast all the time as before and the production chose a more organic recording. For me, those changes helped to digest easier all the complexity of their arrangements. I loved as always.

https://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse


06 – Legacy Of Kain – Paralelo XI

06 - Legacy Of Kain – Paralelo XI

The first time I heard and reviewed Legacy of Kain in 2017, they were just a new band in Brazil, with old musicians that were playing Metalcore/Thrash Metal. I liked them, but the band was not so far my favorite of the year. Now they have changed their lyrics from Portuguese to English and decided to play a strong and furious Thrash Metal with a few elements of Metalcore. All the anger you hear in this new album is from the main theme that is about the slaughter of an Indian tribe in Brazil, which happened in 1963. For sure this record will make you angry too.

https://www.facebook.com/legacyofkainbrazil/


05 – Woslom – Paranoia

05 - Woslom – Paranoia

Woslom is a very famous Thrash Metal band in Brazil. In this decade they released three great full albums and toured a lot, not only in their country but also in Europe. Again, the band brought a great theme well represented in the cover art. “Paranoia” has a dizzy stairway and the opening riffs of the title track reproduce it too. Despite it is just a four track EP, this record can show what we can expect from the next full album. A technical and crazy Thrash Metal that always surprises the listener.

https://www.facebook.com/woslom/


04 – Hatefulmurder – Reborn

04 - Hatefulmurder - Reborn

One detail that makes me admire a specific band is when I have difficulty to find their band’s style. Hatefulmurder in an incredible Heavy Metal band that offers something similar to Thrash Metal, but they sounds as heavy as a Death Metal band. Sometimes the band flees to funky bass lines structure or other styles and is not repetitive with the songs structure. This is the third band’s album and the second with Angelica Burns on vocal. She brought all heaviness with her strong vocal, sometimes similar to Tomas Lindberg voice (At The Gates singer), but the band goes further to any kind of Death Metal. I suggest you listen to “Reborn” and make your own conclusions about it.

https://www.facebook.com/hatefulbook/


03 – Destruction – Born to Perish

03 - Destruction-Born-To-Perish

Destruction is a band that doesn’t need to be introduced to anyone. I was lucky to see them live twice (in 2016 and 2018) and I even met them backstage for few minutes last year. Schmier, Mike and Andy Black were very polite and I took a pic with them to save this moment in my memory. It was few months before they announced the Damir Eskić and returned to have two guitar players. Probably any Destruction album can easily perform in a top 10 list, but “Born to Perish” has this stronger sonority due the addition of the second guitar and this album sounds even more aggressive than the others.

https://www.facebook.com/destruction/


02 – Death Angel – Humanicide

02 - Death Angel – Humanicide

It is very hard to not love anything that Death Angel release since I showed their concert in my hometown in 2010. That day I was lucky to stand in front of Rob Cavestany and he gave his guitar pick on my hands. He is as gentleman as a great riff composer. Actually he could be considered one of the best riff makers in the Thrash Metal history, but maybe the long time that the band was stopped disrupted the band’s trajectory. What really matters here is the fact that Death Angel released another insane album and I dare any Thrash lover doesn’t bang his head while listening such amazing album.

https://www.facebook.com/deathangel/


01 – DarkTower – Obedientia

01 – DarkTower – Obedientia

Before I put this record in the first place of my top 10 albums of 2019, I was really afraid to be unfair with the famous bands that have a great history in Heavy Metal, but DarkTower really touched me with this album. It is not just a matter of how they play Black/Death Metal, but how they put all anger and feeling to illustrate all chaos we live in Brazil. Since the political fights that our people have been doing to how we are losing our culture and our identity as a nation; everything was brilliantly described without attack directly at any side of this war. They just advise how people are stopping to think by themselves and how they have been manipulated by false heroes. Embark on this epical and realistic journey listening to “Obedientia”.

https://www.facebook.com/darktowermetal/


Special mention also has to go out to the following bands:

Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual

Here is a great Pagan Black Metal band that is the opposite of bands from this style. “Sinfonia Ritual” is not specifically an album because it shows a symphonic version of five songs from the last three band’s album. It is a great way to enter into the Miasthenia soul and discover how amazing they are.

https://www.facebook.com/miasthenia/


Endust – All ends in Dust

My special mention goes to The Brazilian Thrashers of Endust that released their first album “All Ends in Dust” even though they have never played any concert ever. Their music is a kind of Thrash with Nevermore influences, which increased melodies and changed the dynamic of this great record.

https://www.facebook.com/official.endust/


Infrared – Back To The Warehouse

Another special mention goes for the Canadian band Infrared. They also quit in the eighties and returned this decade. The album “Back To The Warehouse” rescued old compositions that received all aggression of their Thrash Metal.

https://www.facebook.com/infraredmetal/


 

 

 

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Alun’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

Alun’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

We have already posted a few of our reviewers’ Top Tens of 2019 and now it’s Alun’s turn. We would like to thank him for all the work he has done for us over the past year. He certainly knows what he is talking about music-wise so go check out the albums on his list and see what you think.

1. Crobot – Motherbrain

crobothttp://www.facebook.com/crobotband


2. Monolord – No Comfort

monolordhttp://www.facebook.com/monolordsweden


3. Giant Dwarf – Giant Dwarf

giant dwarfhttp://www.facebook.com/giantdwarfmusic


4. Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel – Very Uncertain Times

sir admiralhttp://www.facebook.com/theshovell


5. Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips

Earth_FullUponHerBurningLipshttp://www.facebook.com/thronesanddominions


6. Sunn O))) – Life Metal

sunn300-Sunn_Life_Metalhttp://www.facebook.com/sunnthebandofficial


7. Acid Reign – The Age of Entitlement

acid reignhttp://www.facebook.com/acid.reign.thrash


8. Obey – Swallow The Sun

obeyhttp://www.facebook.com/obeyuk


9. Speedealer – Blue Days Black Nights

speedealerhttp://www.facebook.com/speedealerband


10. Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Yn Ol I Annwn

mammoth weedhttp://www.facebook.com/mammothweedwizardbastard


 

With honourable mentions for Firebreather, L7, Sacred Reich, Wizard Rifle, Duel and Helligators

 

 

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Acid Reign – The Age Of Entitlement

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Acid Reign – The Age Of Entitlement
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 27/09/2019
Running Time: 44:05
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

It is very interesting how Thrash Metal bands that appeared in the middle to late 1980’s have some similarities. First of all, their main purpose and sonority were different from the first Thrash Metal bands created, probably as a natural evolution of this musical genre. The second thing I think is similar between them is how they have great technique to play riffs to a very high level. I don’t know why many of those bands quit early, but returned after decades, for our happiness. Did the name Death Angel come to your mind while reading this? Yes! It is an example of a band that has a similar history to UK Thrashers Acid Reign.

Born in 1985, they had a great career with two full albums ‘The Fear’ (1989) and ‘Obnoxious’ (1990) before quitting in 1991. Their rebirth happened in 2015, where, had they not disbanded, they would have been celebrating 30 years of noise and now their new offering is the amazing “The Age Of Entitlement”. On first listen, I could hear bands such as Havok or Overkill as reference points, but after careful listening it has been possible to catch personal influences and details which make Acid Reign different.

Despite their experience to create remarkable riffs and an excellent recording/production that increases the killer compositions further, it is the influence of classic British Heavy Metal bands in some melodies and also of Hardcore/Punk in a few songs that register with the listener. Of course these just complement the band’s style, because the Thrash Metal reigns supreme here.

The instrumental song ‘T.A.O.E. ‘shows an epical spirit before the destruction of ‘The New Low’ kicks in with the main Thrash Metal elements that we all know. Slowing down the rhythms, ‘Within The Woods’ is a long eight minute track with a more complex structure and (again) I could feel a little of the classic British bands in it with all the harmonies and tempos changes. The Hardcore influence is strong in the short song ‘Ripped Apart’ as is the Punk Rock vibe on the dancing ‘Blood Makes Noise’. The awesome ‘Sense Of Independence’ explores the heavier side of Acid Reign as does the track ‘United Hates’ which closes the album.

There is no doubt that Howard, Paul, Cooky, Pete and Marc knew exactly what they wanted and desired when making this album. “The Age Of Entitlement” shows a mature band that has taken all the heaviness from great Thrash Metal and has mixed that with many good influences from other genres to create their own identity. It is a magnificent way to show the world that Acid Reign is really back.

TRACKLISTING:
1. T.A.O.E.
2. The New Low
3. #newagenarcissist
4. My Peace Of Hell
5. Blood Makes Noise
6. Sense Of Independence
7. Hardship
8. Within The Woods
9. Ripped Apart
10. United Hates

LINE-UP:
Howard “H” Smith – vocals
Paul Chanter – guitars
Cooky – guitars
Pete Dee – bass
Marc Jackson – drums

LINKS:
http://acidreign.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/acid.reign.thrash/

https://www.instagram.com/acidreignukac/

https://www.youtube.com/user/AcidReignTV

 

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