• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

Herman Frank – Accept and Victory Guitarist Strikes Back with Fight the Fear!

As a member of Accept and Victory in their heydays, Herman Frank has rocked the world for decades. In the past several years, he launched a solo career, recording music under his own name and continuing to entertain his global fanbase. Fight the Fear, which streets in February, is the fourth solo album from the German rocker.

Frank’s solo band is comprised of Rick Altzi, Heiko Schroder, Andre Hilgers, and Michael Muller. Teaming up with plenty of other talent in the industry, it’s clear Mr. Frank isn’t about to lay down his guitar anytime soon. So, how does the album fare? Is it a worthy addition to an already impressive discography spanning multiple bands?

In today’s world it’s a challenge to release new music and remain relevant. Do classic artists continue to use the same sound three plus decades on, or do they attempt to modernize and enter the mainstream? Herman Frank, with the release of Fight the Fear, he’s managed to strike a happy medium between the two ends of the spectrum. It’s a classic sound unmistakably his own, yet it has a modernized edge to it as well. It’s a high-energy release, hard and heavy, and manages to maintain a necessary level of rawness.

Not surprisingly, the true highlight of the album is Frank’s guitar work, which suits every song on the record perfectly. It’s a tight-knit band with no shortage of chemistry, and this fan definitely hopes to see the group on tour and giving audiences more music! Most of the songs on the album are straightforward, hard, heavy, and aggressive, yet manage to maintain plenty of musical diversity despite it. You won’t be bored if you’re a fan of classic hard rock and heavy metal.

I’m glad to see Herman Frank still active, and he’s got a kick-ass band in his corner for his solo career. His stints with Accept may be done with, but it doesn’t change the fact he’s still alive and well, shredding like he always has. Fight the Fear is the first album I’ve reviewed this year, but I already have a pretty good idea I may be revisiting this one for my eventual “Best of the Year” list! Highly recommended!

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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