- Product Code: BOBV676LP
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First re-release of the debut full-length studio album by the cult British Thrash Metal band.
Along with Onslaught, Sabbat and Xentrix, Acid Reign are considered to be one of the "Big Four" of British Thrash Metal bands. These British Thrashers contained several members from the nascent Cathedral line-up, despite the obvious evidence that the two groups had practically nothing in common musically or aesthetically. Here, Acid Reign align themselves with the socially conscious elements of Thrash, while also playing a couple of jokes on the listener.
As for the bulk of the music, anyone familiar with the Bay Area sound should have little difficulty comprehending the environs of the content, though there are a couple of minor additions to spark the interest of experienced Thrashers, as well as listeners from across the Metal spectrum.
The album has enough variety to recommend it to all. The quality is decent too, without much misfiring in the riff department or any truly worrisome decisions regarding songwriting. The mix and production are fair for the year as well.
Admittedly a slightly odd mixture in the view of 1989, "The Fear" could certainly have been a minor success had the band had access to wider distribution and a more versatile singer. The curse of Acid Reign seems to have been the restriction of their full-lengths in terms of availability, since the UK was certainly not the biggest market for Thrash, while the original release totally missed North America and much of mainland Europe. Had this been a worldwide release at the time, it's easy to imagine talking about "The Fear" in the same breath as Death Angel, Heathen, Testament, and Sabbat (one of the few British bands who experienced much recognition overseas).
As for the present, this has been remastered in 2019 and re-released for most territories, which should hopefully turn many Metal fans onto a creative and enterprising treasure!
Limited Edition remastered re-release on Yellow Vinyl in gatefold cover.
Back On Black, 1989/2019 (BOBV676LP). Made in UK.
1. You Never Know (W.T.N.W.S.) 00:25
2. Reflection of Truths 05:39
3. Insane Ecstasy 04:47
4. Humanoia 04:19
5. The Fear 08:04
6. Blind Aggression 06:43
7. Life in Forms 05:27
8. All I See 05:46
9. Lost in Solitude 05:55
Total playing time: 47:05 min.