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Frank, Herman: Right in the Guts (reissue)

2012's Right in the Guts follows-up the excellent 2009 debut Loyal to None, as hotshot guitarist Herman Frank showed he could go it out alone away from his main bands Accept and Victory and crank up some metal on his own. The line-up for this sophomore release saw Frank enlisting a new cast of musicians, with powerhouse vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance/Masterplan/Thunderstone) joining the fray alongside second guitarist Mamalitsidis Cristos, drummer Michael Wolpers, and bassist Peter Pichl. Despite the different line-up from the debut, the results are still top notch classic heavy metal all the way.

Altzi's tremendous pipes equally stand up to Frank's super crunchy riffing & blistering solos throughout Right in the Guts, starting off with "Roaring Thunder", the title track, and "Ivory Gate", the trio of barnburners that kick off the album, but the metal majesty doesn't end there, as the herculean riffing of "Vengeance" takes hold of you and never lets go. "Falling to Pieces", "Waiting", and "Hell Isn't Far" are sure fire recommendations to any Accept or Primal Fear fans with their wealth of crisp riffs and screaming pinch harmonics, while Altzi absolutely soars to the heavens on the glorious "King's Call". For pure power/speed metal fury, it doesn't get much better than "Lights Are Out", the rhythm section working overtime underneath some stellar riffing, and the bonus cut "Princess" is a leftover that has a nice hook with a more mid-paced, melodic arrangement, and a nice add to this killer album.

For those that might have thought that Herman Frank was overshadowed a bit in Accept by Wolf Hoffman, make sure you check out Right in the Guts, Loyal to None, or his latest The Devil Rides Out for all that this talented guitarist has to offer. Kudos to AFM Records for helping to get the word out!

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Track Listing
1. Roaring Thunder
2. Right in Your Guts
3. Ivory Gate
4. Vengeance
5. Starlight
6. Falling to Pieces
7. Raise Your Hand
8. Waiting
9. Hell Isn't Far
10. Kings Call
11. Lights Are Out
12. Black Star
13. So They Run
14. Princess (bonus track)

Added: November 20th 2016
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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