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Acid Reign

Acid Reign were a British thrash metal band formed in 1985. The group was active until 1992, when they disbanded.

Acid Reign's line-up for the most of the time was Mark Ramsey (drums and keyboards), Adam Lehan (guitars), Mac (bass), Kev (guitars), and Howard Smith (or H) (vocals). At one point, future Cathedral member Gary "Gaz" Jennings also played guitar with the band. After they disbanded, Kev moved on to join Lawnmower Deth, under the monicker "Baron Kev Von Thresh Meister Silo Stench Chisel Marbels".

The band started the ball rolling with the "Moshkinstein" demo in 1987 and were picked up by British thrash specialists under one flag in 1988 for their first E.P. "Moshkinstein" gaining some good support slots such as Flotsam and Jetsam and Death Angel.Acid Reign struck up a friendship with label mates Nuclear Assault and Exodus,toured the U.K. and Europe as support to the " Survive Tour" and "Fabulous Disaster Tour". Acid Reign toured with Nuclear Assault again in 1989 across Europe with Dark Angel and Candlemass after the release of their first full album "The Fear". Their second album "Obnoxious" arrived in 1990 to mixed reviews and the band broke up after parting ways with long time record label Music For Nations. They finally signed off with a legendary show at the London Marquee club which saw fans stage diving from the T-Shirt stand (Hardly surprising with T-Shirts £1 Sweat Shirts £2) in the foyer prior to the gig, Les from the "Vic Reeves Big Night Out" show providing the strangest support set of the century and "H" diving off the balcony at the end of the bands final set.

Lyrically, the group tackled a multitude of issues, ranging from the criticism of censorship "Creative Restraint" and the anti-nuclear testing message of "Joke Chain" to the b-movie science fiction of "Phantasm" and to downright silliness, as on the CD bonus track for their album Obnoxious, "This Is Serious".

It is this sense of humour and their intense, fun live shows for which the band will be best remembered in a genre full of people taking themselves too seriously.


  • The Fear (album, 1989)
  • Obnoxious (album, 1990)
  • The Worst of Acid Reign (compilation, 1991)

Singles and EP's

  • Moshkinstein (demo, 1987)
  • Moshkinstein EP (EP, 1988)
  • Humanoia EP (EP)
  • Hanging on the Telephone (single)