• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Herman Frank – Accept Axeman is Back With The Devil Rides Out!

Although one generally associates Wolf Hoffmann with being Accept’s guitarist, his former co-axeman Herman Frank is not to be overlooked. Playing on the band’s classic Balls to the Wall album and the trio of new albums featuring new vocalist Mark Tornillo, he is quite the talented guitarist, having impressed audiences all around the world.

And how, he gets a chance to step back into the spotlight once again with a new solo album!

The Devil Rides Out, a release on Frontiers Records, is not Frank’s first solo album, but it is certainly one that has been long awaited by his fans over the years. Joining forces with vocalist Rick Altzi, bassist Michael Muller, and drummer Andre Hilgers, the former Accept guitarist is back with a vengeance, ready to take the world of rock and roll by storm once more.

Truth be told, prior to listening to this album, I was not familiar with any of Frank’s non-Accept work. But it would be an understatement to say The Devil Rides Out did not impress this longtime headbanger. This is a great solo album from the former Accept axeman, and it is highly unlikely that his longtime fans will be disappointed here.




Like many classic artists who have recently signed with Frontiers Records, Herman Frank has returned with a band of musicians you are not likely to be familiar with, yet as soon as you start listening to this album, you will be impressed nonetheless. This is a great cast of characters, and they know how to bring this material to life. Fans of Frank will be pleased with his choice in fellow musicians.

As for the actual sound on the album, it is a great mix of old and new alike. Many of these tracks are songs that would not be out of place on an 80s heavy metal album, yet nothing sounds on here like it is blatantly copying Frank’s Accept days as well. You also have tracks with a fierce level of energy that would not be out of place on modern rock radio as well, which goes to show just how solid a musician Frank really is.

Chances are this record may end up overlooked, and that is a shame. Herman Frank is a beast on the axe, and lets his fans know it from start to finish on the new album. For any fan of classic hard rock and heavy metal, this one gets a solid recommendation!




By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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