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ACID REIGN + RE-ANIMATOR @ Audio, Glasgow, 9 Dec 2017
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 7 Jun 2018
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Acid Reign thrash live Glasgow 2017
Acid Reign are back. Re-Animator are back. These two Yorkshire bands played together on many occasions back in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s so, it made perfect sense to combine forces again and do a couple of shows across the UK in this line-up. With numerous changes in both teams (two original members left in Re- Animator, one in Acid Reign) you didn’t really know what to expect from those thrash veterans, but as it turned out, there was nothing to worry about.
Having finished tuning-up Kev Ingleson said that it had been long time since Re-Animator had been to Scotland and that they had missed it and the band opened their 40-minute set with “Low Life” from “Condemned to Eternity”, the album that to this day is regarded as their best work. This magnum opus was represented in the setlist by 2 more tracks, “Room 101” where the other members joined Kev in the shout-out choruses and the rhythmical “Shock Treatment”, with a couple of numbers from their debut EP thrown in between. The guys were on hiatus for some 20 years and the current line-up comprises only two original members, Kev on guitar and vocals and the bass player John Wilson, but they sounded really tight and especially Dan Murray’s guitar work should be praised here as that guy knows how to rip his riffs. Congrats to him by the way, ‘cause as Kev mentioned during the set, Dan had beaten cancer twice and is still shredding. In general, the band were a pleasure to watch and listen and they were clearly having fun performing their classic stuff, echoing with the Bay Area sounds, and so was the crowd, with the first surfers appearing halfway through the show. But what’s good usually ends quickly. In the thrashy rendition of the Dead Kennedys’ cover of “Too Drunk to Fuck” fans had a chance to hear a duo of Kev and Acid Reign’s Howard who joined the foursome on stage and then Kev, thanking the crowd for listening, announced the last tune of their set titled after the band’s name, expressed his gratitude to Acid Reign for bringing Re-Animator along and they cleared the stage for the headliner. All in all, it was a proper appetiser.
Re-Animator thrash live Glasgow 2017
And now for the main course. Everyone who had seen H in action before knew that nothing but a highly energetic performance should be expected from him, but he still surprised the crowd jumping on the bar counter dressed in women’s dotted silk pyjamas and singing the opening track of the show from there. With this act Howard set the mood for the rest of the evening and never slowed down. The tune they started this thrashing madness with was the fast “Goddess”, one of the most recognisable tunes by the Yorkshire troupe, which was followed by the latest single “The Man Who Became Himself”. By that time H swapped the pyjamas for a T-shirt that read “The Wolf of All Streets” on it and the band continued with the murderous set, that was a good mixture of material from the “Moshkinstein” EP and both full-length albums they put out before disbanding in 1991. The crowd was injected with a proper dose of British thrash, with highlights in the shape of “Humanoia” (with fans screaming their guts out), “Chaos (Lambs to the Slaughter)” (referred to by H as “the insanely fast tune from “Moshkinstein””) and “Motherly Love” that couldn’t have been missed from the Acid Reign setlist. As for less expected stuff we could hear the 2015 comeback tune (also released as digital single) called “Plan of the Damned” and “Blood Makes Noise”, a really weird version of a Susan Vega tune announced as “something you’ve not heard before”. Apart from the music there was a lot of talking too, obviously, as some of you may be aware of the fact that Mr H is a stand-up comedian, so his banter about politics and metal and metal and politics filled up the spaces between the songs. Howard was on fire jumping about like crazy throughout the entire set and the all-new line-up supported him well in this work of destruction. Watching them on stage you didn’t really feel that four of the musicians joined the band just two years earlier, and I don’t have a frame of reference as I never saw the original line-up back in the day, but to me, and I believe to all other participants, the band sounded just like Acid Reign. The crowd seemed to be fully satisfied, because if the intense moshpit and non-stopping wave of crowd-surfers is not a good testimony to the quality of a band’s performance, then what is? It’s a shame that the band called it quits after just 6 years of existence, as they might have achieved a higher status over the years, but hey, good to have Acid Reign back, even if it’s a totally new incarnation.
So, that was one loud night, unholy night. With both bands in good shape, well-rehearsed and eager to prove to the fans that they were still relevant after those 25 years (we know they are) and with lots of headbanging, crowd-surfing, moshpitting and sweat-splashing no old-school thrash fan could have asked for a more enjoyable evening. As both Re-Animator and Acid Reign are working on new releases (to be out hopefully in 2018) there’s a good chance they will team-up and burn down a few venues together soon again. Missed this tour? Don’t miss the next one!
Text and photos by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Acid Reign website: www.acidreign.co.uk
Acid Reign on facebook: facebook.com/acid.reign.thrash
Re-Animator on facebook: facebook.com/Re-Animator
Tags: Acid Reign, Re-Animator, thrash metal, concert, gig, Glasgow Audio
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