5. Acid Reign – Obnoxious (1990)
Another British band to often embrace the sillier side of thrash, Acid Reign reined in the lunacy on Obnoxious and the result was an album that embraced a previously untapped progressive edge.
Slowing down, slightly, Acid Reign adopted a more focused attitude, imbuing their intricate riffs and clever lyrics with a keener eye for detail and the results were impressive to say the least.
“Thoughtful Sleep” remains the album’s highlight, a technical excursion into a story of child neglect which surprises with its schizophrenic myriad of time changes and personalities. Intelligent, complex and highly original, in an ideal world this song alone would have elevated Acid Reign into the big leagues. As it turned out, they were unjustly overlooked and imploded shortly after Obnoxious‘ release.
Recent reappraisal of Acid Reign resulted in an eagerly awaited reformation (albeit without 3 of the members who penned Obnoxious) and the band released ‘The Apple Core Archives’ – a box set retrospective that was an absolutely essential purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in thrash – alongside two brand new singles in the formidable shape of “Plan Of The Damned” and “The Man Who Became Himself”
If you liked this, check out: The new singles! Both “Plan Of The Damned” and “The Man Who Became Himself” proved there’s plenty of bite left in this apple-core brigade!