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Acid Reign Frontman Howard "H" Smith Discusses First Album In Twenty Nine Years

British thrash metal was truly a law unto itself. While the thrash scenes in the United States and Germany produced some mega stars of the genre such as Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, along with cult heroes like Kreator, Exodus and Destruction, the United Kingdom gave the world a small treasure chest. While the British contribution to the sub-genre was never as recognised, some stellar material from the likes of Onslaught, Sabbat and Xentrix proved influential, while those who were around at the time or dig deeper nowadays can tell you, bands like Re-Animator, Lawnmower Deth and of course, Acid Reign have just as much quality to offer as many of their American and German counterparts.

A sense of humour was always there among British thrash, many of whom acknowledging the sometimes silly world of heavy metal and its image, while also often containing social messages. Acid Reign was perhaps the best example of a band with plenty to say but not all of it too serious, as evidenced by their opening track on "The Fear," "You Never Know (W.T.N.W.S.)" and "Obnoxious" closing track, "This Is Serious," while dealing with such topics as anxiety ("You Are Your Enemy,") racism ("Blind Aggression") and free expression ("Creative Restraint".)

After a lengthy absence, the band returned in 2015, with only vocalist Howard "H" Smith in the fold from the original lineup. They've since released two singles, "Plan of the Damned" and "The Man Who Became Himself" and are currently in the studio recording their first album in twenty nine years. Before his excellent one man show in Camden, North London, I had the pleasure of meeting up with H in a pub across the street to discuss the return of the band, new material, his comedy career and much more. You can check it out below.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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I'm f***ing excited for the new album!

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He played some demos of the new material after the interview. It sounds amazing!

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