Xentrix + Acid Reign + Shrapnel
A UK thrash feast will hit Voodoo Lounge on Friday 16th October when Xentrix + Acid Reign + Shrapnel come to town!
Xentrix are a British thrash metal band of the 1980s hailing from Preston, Lancashire. Xentrix were one of the leading lights of the British Thrash movement. They had music videos for their cover of Ray Parker, Jr’s “Ghostbusters”, “For Whose Advantage?” and for their track “The Order of Chaos”, which had regular air time on Headbangers Ball. Xentrix’s biggest show was at Wembley in 1991, opening for Slayer. Xentrix never gained global notoriety, but had many underground performances with audiences of over 2,000 to 5,000 people in attendance. As of 2006 Xentrix had sold over 500,000 records worldwide.
Acid Reign were formed by Mark Ramsey Wharton (drums and keyboards), Ian Gangwer (bass) Originally Peter Warriner, Howard “H” Smith (vocals), and future Cathedral member Gary “Gaz” Jennings (guitar). Second guitarist Kevin Papworth joined in 1987.
In 1987, the band released the Moshkinstein demo. On the strength of this recording, they were picked up by British thrash metal label Under One Flag (a subsidiary of Music For Nations) in 1988 who released the Moshkinstein EP. Following this release, Jennings was replaced by another future Cathedral member, Adam Lehan (formerly of Lord Crucifier), and the band gained support slots opening for such acts as Flotsam and Jetsam and Death Angel. Acid Reign struck up a friendship with label mates Nuclear Assault and Exodus, and toured the UK and Europe as support to the ” Survive Tour” and “Fabulous Disaster Tour”.
The band released their debut album, The Fear, in 1989. In support of the album, Acid Reign toured with Nuclear Assault again in 1989 across Europe with Dark Angel and Candlemass, with bassist Ian “Mac” MacDonald replacing Gangwer. Their second album, Obnoxious, arrived in 1990 to generally poor reviews, with Metal Archives commenting “The apple core isn’t rotten, but it sure has seen more enthralling days.”
The band broke up in 1991 after parting ways with Music For Nations. They played their final show at the London Marquee Club.
Lyrically, the group tackled a multitude of issues, ranging from criticism of censorship in “Creative Restraint” and the anti-nuclear testing message of “Joke Chain” to the B-movie science fiction of Phantasm and downright silliness, as on the CD bonus track for their album Obnoxious, “This Is Serious”.