Forming in 1985 original old school thrashers Acid Reign released two studio albums The Fear and Obnoxious plus a compilation entitled the Worst of Acid Reign before splitting in 1991. And now they are back following more than two decades out of the metal scene.
The band have released an official lyric video for Plan of the Damned their first new song since their split:
The cover for the single was designed by influential artist Laurie Lipton, singer ‘H’ Smith had this to say – “I have been a fan of Laurie’s for years and I thought I’d fire off an email to her manager to see if there was any way she would even consider letting us use one of her pieces. Half an hour and three emails later from Laurie herself and she had given us permission! To say that we are happy with this would be a huge understatement; it captures the spirit of the song perfectly and is a stunning piece of art, as all of her works are…. – I know it sounds corny but for me this really is one of those ‘wow this is actually happening’ moments.”
“We couldn’t be happier with the way Plan Of The Damned has turned out. We recorded it in Wales at Not In Pill Studios with the awesome team of Martyn “Ginge” Ford and Matt Bond (Slipknot, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Axewound). The studio is under a boxing gym and the smell of sweat, aggression and metal is in the walls! We had a blast, it was a great experience”
The band line up has changed a lot, with Front-man Howard ‘H’ Smith the only remaining member of the original band, Smith tells us about this development – “It’s not a reformation, it’s a reboot… I tried to put the old lineup back together but 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 lineup and it came together quite quickly. We’re taking it slowly, learning the old stuff and playing with new ideas too.” Howard continues “Even if it was the old lineup 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”
Acid Reign now consists of Howard ‘H’ Smith, Cooky and Paul Chanter on guitars, Pete Dee on bass and Marc Jackson on drums. – “Finally the rebooted lineup is complete.” Smith tells us: “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.”