(9/10) If you didn't live under a rock over the last decades then you know Herman Frank. The German guitarist was part of bands like Accept and Victory, impacting the sound of these bands a lot. In parallel Frank always had his solo project up and running.
For his newest solo release Frank could build on a strong rhythm section. It's André Hilger and Markus Müller, providing a lively heartbeat for each of the tracks. And since the guitarist cooperates with singer Rick Altzi already quite some time the risk of failure for this album was very limited. Actually it's almost a given that these four guys just make "The Devil Rides Out" to a success.
The opening triple proves this statement since these three songs are not meant to take prisoners. "Running Back" is a fast metal anthem, "Shout" comes with great guitar lines and "Can't Take It" is a throwback of the great times of Victory. With songs in such a format Frank shows that he belongs to the best German guitarists that has metal and rock in his veins.
"Ballhog Zone" is a heavy pounding masterpiece of traditional metal, followed by "Run Boy Run" which is a fast and merciless axe attack.
Actually I could write about each of the songs since they are a treat for metalheads that love more classic heavy metal done by an icon of German metal music.
Herman Frank succeeded in releasing an album that belongs to the best longplayers of the current year. This album included a certain addictivity that leads to endless loops on your record player. Horns up.





  1. Running Back
  2. Shout
  3. Can't Take It
  4. No Tears in Heaven
  5. Ballhog Zone
  6. Run Boy Run
  7. Thunder of Madness
  8. License to Kill
  9. Stone Cold
  10. Dead or Alive
  11. Run For Cover
  12. I Want it All


Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: November 18th, 2016

CD review Herman Frank "The Devil Rides Out"
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