Hands up if you don't know the name Herman Frank. Right. You, you and you, get the hell out of my heavy metal class. You're a disgrace. After all, this is the man who played a vital role in the Teutonic metal masterpieces by Accept, like "Restless And Wild" and "Balls To The Wall". He also spent some time with Victory and Moon'doc and, now, has finally released his first solo album, a quarter of a century into his career. Now I'm not going to say it was worth the wait, because that would just be stupid. But it is an absolutely fantastic slab of old school heavy metal.
He's brought along some fellow Victory and Accept alumni, in the shape of singer Jiotis Parachidis and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann as well as Peter Pilch from Running Wild, and straight from the off, we're firing straight into classic metal territory. It's an absolute gem from top to bottom, full of melodic tunes, powerful riffing, and top notch performances from the whole band. Herr Frank also has an excellent production pedigree having twiddled knobs for the likes of Saxon, Messiahs Kiss, Rose Tattoo and Molly Hatchet, and he's done a bang up job on his own album.
Some special praise must go to Jiotis Parachidis who puts in a performance that in days of yore, would have seen him set atop the metal vocalists podium along some of the eighties greats. He (and the band) are at their best on the opening track 'Moon II' and the mellower, but equally brilliant 'Kill The Thing'. However, there isn't any song that has you reaching for the skip button, only the repeat one. Metal the way it should be. Absolutely brilliant.