Acid Reign's 2nd album 'Obnoxious' is a truly fantastic album, but nothing can quite beat the power of the debut 'The Fear'. Never mind 'Best British thrash album of all time', this is a serious competitor for 'Best thrash album ever', as it knocks the socks off 99% of bigger selling US acts of the time. Unfairly dismissed as a comedy band by some and lumped in with Lawnmower Deth and the like, in actuality once you get past the opening comedy fluff of the 25 second intro (which, despite whatever Amazon might say DOESN'T feature Ringo Starr!) it's a whirlwind of head-snapping riffing of full intensity - thrash songs that combine catchy hooks with killer riffs, and even the odd doomy moment (guitarist Gaz would leave after this album to form Cathedral).
The bonus tracks from the predeeding 'Moshkinstein' are a little more rough and ready, and the production features one of the buzziest guitar tones known to man, but the likes of 'Motherly Love' show early signs of the band's genius. The only downside is instrumental 'Freedom of Speech' isn't included on this CD set, so you'll need to track down the original vinyl for that.
You may well find that this CD is long-out of print and costs a bomb to get hold of, but if you love thrash metal you NEED this album, as it may well be the best of them all.