The 10 UK's best thrash bands according to Acid Reign's H
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Formed in 1985, Yorkshire thrashers Acid Reign brief career yielded two full-length albums – 1989’s ‘The Fear’ and its 1990 follow-up ‘Obnoxious’ – and a clutch of EPs and singles, including their 1988 debut ‘Moshkinstein’. The band split in 1991 after parting ways with the Music For Nations label.
Now, 24 years later, frontman Howard 'H' Smith – who has spent several of the intervening years as a stand-up comedian and host of All About The Rock: Talking Bollocks podcast – has rebooted the band with a new line-up. So, who better then, to choose the best 10 bands from the UK thrash scene?
**10. ENGLISH DOGS
**They essentially started out as a punk band then started changing with To The Ends Of The Earth, which came out in 1984. You listen to it now and you go 'Yeah, that's thrash.' They were pioneers. They did end up becoming more metal, and actually released an album on Underdog Records when we were still on Under One Flag. But they were quite DIY. They started out punk and became more crossover. I saw them play in Leeds in about '86/'87, and they were awesome. They were a very cool band. Personally, I'm a fan of their earlier stuff – their current guitarist won't thank me for that, because I know him and he's a top guy, so sorry. My favourite album of theirs is Forward Into Battle, which is very, very cool.
9. BOMB DISNEYLAND/BOMB EVERYTHING
Keeping a sort of punky feel to it would be one of Acid Reign's old support bands. They were originally called Bomb Disneyland, but funnily enough Disney didn't take too kindly to that as a band name and got involved and they had to change their name to Bomb Everything. But Bomb Disneyland and Bomb Everything were two superb bands. They supported us and we got on really well with them. They had a very punky, very thrashy sound and were, frankly, way ahead of their time. They released a single called Male Mary, and their first album was called Why Not?, which had classic tracks likes Faster Bastard. They were just brilliant. And they do definitely count as one band.
8. THE BEYOND
Next up is another one of our favourite support bands and a band who people may not particularly describe as thrash, but the reason I mention them is I'm very much a believer that it's as much a mindset as a style. Thrash should be an ethos. Anyway, their drummer, Neil Cooper, has been in Therapy? for the last 12 or 13 years. Their early stuff is pretty thrashy. Their first album, Crawl, is absolutely superb. It's some of the thrashiest rhythm section you'll ever fucking hear. They released an EP called Manic Sound Panic and I mean, is there a more thrash title than that?! That EP is no longer available, but I have managed to find an old tape of it and created some MP3s, so if anyone wants to hear Manic Sound Panic hit me up and I'll send you a link. Again, they were way, way ahead of their time. They were hand-picked to support Living Colour by Vernon Reid, and I don't think anybody else they toured with really got them, but they supported a lot of thrash bands and they were always welcome in the thrash community.