‘It’s not a reformation, it’s a reboot!’ Howard ‘H’ Smith
Twenty four years is a long time in anyone’s book, but that is how long it’s been since the ‘Kings Of Applecore’ 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 trash 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.”