Twenty four years is a long time in anyone’s book, but that is how long it’s been since the ‘Kings Of Apple Core’ ACID REIGN have been missing from the UK thrash scene.
More of a reboot than a reformation, sole original member Howard ‘H’ Smith comments; “I tried to put the old line up back together the guys were unable to do it for differing reasons. Then, in the summer of 2014, I started toying with the idea of a new line up and it came together quite quickly. We’re taking it slowly, learning the old stuff and playing with new ideas too. It’s not a reformation it’s a reboot. Even if it was the old line up it would be different, it’s been 24 years! The main thing is that the goodwill toward Acid Reign has never been stronger, everywhere I go people are saying we should come back and eventually I actually fucking listened!”
A band considered ahead of their time by many, Acid Reign were one of the leading lights of the UK thrash attack and spent time on the road with the likes of Exodus, Nuclear Assault, Dark Angel, Suicidal Tendencies, Death Angel, Flotsam & Jetsam and Candlemass. Signed to Music For Nations subsidiary Under One Flag, the band would release two albums (including the seminal ‘The Fear’), two EPs and a ‘Worst Of’ compilation before calling time on the band in 1991, their final appearance being at the world famous Marquee club in London.
Acid Reign first started to show signs of life once again when, in 2011, Lost & Found Records released re-mastered versions of their albums and EPs. Re-mastered by legendary producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, DRI, Flotsam & Jetsam), the reaction was so good that the band started to receive a stream of requests about when Acid Reign might take the stage again.
Despite the interest though, all remained quiet on the Acid Reign front until the Candlelight Records release of the extensive box set “The Apple Core Archives”. A three CD only collection of every song they’d ever put out, with new sleeve notes, unseen pics, demos and housed in an Apple Core themed box.
Since this release H has been actively working on the all new Acid Reign reboot and looking forward to bringing the band back where they belong – on stage!
As ‘H’ himself states – “Finally the rebooted line up is complete, it’s taken nearly two years but I can honestly say it’s been worth the wait. Typically we’re doing things differently to everyone else as where they reformed (and believe me we tried) we are now rebooting. Everyone in the band has Acid Reign in their DNA, some of the guys knew the band back in the day and some didn’t but everyone is on the same page and we can’t wait to get out there and show the world how much it has been missing us.”
Since Acid Reign called it a day in 1991 “H” hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet. He’s been based in London and performing as a stand up comedian since 1994 as himself and also as his alter ego “Keith Platt Professional Yorkshireman”. Musically he has recorded a song “A Mothers Love” with Italian thrash band Satanika based on Acid Reign original “Motherly Love” feathered on their “The Plague Of Thrash” album in 2010. In 2014 he also recorded a guest spot on two songs on Suicide Watch’s new min album “Alienation Zone”. There has also been many guest live appearances with Re-Animator and old mates Lawnmower Deth.
In August 2014 Howard oversaw the release of The Apple Core Archives on Candlelight Records, a triple CD box set of the bands entire career. Howard also hosts the world’s only comedy metal podcast for website All About The Rock, “Talking Bollocks”.
Came highly recommended to the band by ex-guitarist Kev who told ‘H’ “He’s a great guy, a good laugh and daft as a brush”
Influenced by musicians such as Bill Ward, John Bonham, and Cozy Powell, Marc has been a drummer since the age of thirteen, playing across the world with a host of bands, including M:Pire Of Evil, Beyond the Grave, Sabbatica (Black Sabbath Tribute), Metalizer and Minnikin.
Pete has worked on both sides of the glass as both a producer and a musician. He’s a member of the highly rated Kremated as well as hardcore outfit Bun Dem Out and has enjoyed stints in Rogue Male, Reactor and Viral Technology. A chance phone call in early 2015 led to him joining Acid Reign. “Some bloke calling himself “H” phoned me up in February 2015 and asked me to audition for Acid Reign which was very cool as Kremated were planning on doing a cover of “Goddess”, now I get to play it in the real thing!”
Paul did actually play with Acid Reign in 1990 on the “Joke’s On Us” Tour when he was dragged onstage by H from the audience at the Marquee to rip through “Motherly Love”. Paul was the band’s first choice to replace Adam when he quit in 1990 although it’s taken until 2015 for Paul to actually get offered the role! As a member of acclaimed metal act Died Smiling, Paul toured with Stuck Mojo and appeared at the UK’s best metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air.