IRON ALLIESthe new band with old ones I ACCEPT members Herman Frank and David Reeceentered Horus sound studio in Hannover, Germany, to start recording their debut album. The LP, which is co-produced by Arne Neurandwill be released later this year via AFM recordings.
Join Franc and Reece in IRON ALLIES are bass players Donnie Van Stavern (RIOT) and drummer Francesco Jovino (YOU MAKE, PRIMARY FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE, JOORN).
Last October, Reece talked about his collaboration with Franc in an interview with the “Heavy Metal Chaos” radio program. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “The ironic thing about Hermann and me, we played several times in festivals and we didn’t even meet. And here we are, part of the same group and part of their history. And we were running out of, like, two minutes. We always wanted to see each other, but something happened [and] we never really got to meet. So Herman and I started talking, and we said, ‘Yeah, let’s form a band. Who do you want to have?’ Well, my manager suggested Donnie from RIOT on bass, Donnie Van Stavern. And we talked to [drummer] mike heller from THE FEAR FACTORY several times, and it didn’t really work. And then I said, ‘I have Francesco Jovinoman, on my [solo] album. This guy is a beast.’ So we got the group together. So right now we’re sitting on about 22 songs that are recorded.”
Regarding the musical direction of IRON ALLIES, Reece says, “It has some of those elements of the old [ACCEPT circa] “Restless and Wild”. He has Davidthe voice of — [as heard on my solo albums] ‘Cacophony [Of Souls]’ and ‘Blacklist [Utopia]’. It’s crap, man. I’m really excited about it.”
According to Reecepart of the motivation to put IRON ALLIES together is the negative publicity surrounding their respective departures from I ACCEPT. “They’re bashing him, they’re bashing me, there was this back and forth all the time, and then [Herman] said, ‘You know what? Screw it. I’ll call David Reece,'” David Explain. “And I had never really spoken to him. He just came to Italy about two weeks ago, and we were able to meet face to face. We went to a nice dinner, we hung out for about six hours. He was just driving through Europe, relaxing, because he had just finished another VICTORY album and his solo album, so he needed a break.”
David says he’s excited about the prospect of hitting the road with a seasoned veteran like Hermann.
“It’s a bunch of guys who’ve been there and done it all,” he said. “So we’re not going to have this, ‘Oh, I don’t want to go. Do we have to get up so early?’ We know what we have to do. We have to travel and we have to rock.”
He added, “Hopefully we can release it at the start of 22 because it’s really good.”
Franc broke the news of the collaboration in a June 2021 interview with Justin Smulison of Jace Media. He said: “I’m working right now – I’ve been working for a few months already [ago] — on another project that I want to do with a singer, a well-known singer. He played in the same band as me, but we never played [in the band] at the same time.” When Smulison guessed that Franc was referring to Reecethe guitarist said, “How do you know? Good guess.”
Hermann joined I ACCEPT in 1982 shortly before the band’s release “Restless and Wild” album and left the group for the first time after the arrival of 1983 “Balls on the wall” LP.
When I ACCEPT reunited for festival appearances in 2005, Hermann handled second guitar duties alongside founding Ax Man Wolf Hoffmanwith Stefan Schwarzmann sitting behind the kit.
Franc and Schwarzmann have been involved in I ACCEPTis back with the singer Marc Tornillo and appeared on the reunited band’s first three studio albums: 2010 “Blood of Nations”2012 “Stalingrad” and 2014 “Blind Rage”.
Two years ago, Hermann Recount Everything that tears on his decision to leave I ACCEPT in December 2014: “It was just time to leave the band. Let’s put it this way: I wanted to make music like I started. I wanted to have my own band. I wanted my own music and I just wanted to play I wasn’t following someone’s guitar. I was getting too old for that. It’s good to be a replacement, but after a few years it’s time to move on.
Reece was recruited for I ACCEPTit’s “Eat the Heat” LP in 1989 following the departure of Udo Dirkschneider. ReeceThe sharper delivery of was in stark contrast to Dirkschneider‘s distinctive style, and overall the album was a critical and commercial disappointment. Halfway to the “Eat the Heat” tour, the differences between the group and Reece had come to a head, leading to the altercation between singer and bassist Pierre Baltes in Chicago. At the end of 1989, I ACCEPT hung up on him.
David opened up about the circumstances that led to his argument with the bassist during an interview with Metalliluola. He explained: “rock told my girlfriend I was having an affair. And I asked him, ‘Did you tell him?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ So I slapped him. That finished him. It was bad before that, the communication. Ticket sales were not good. We opened for WASP“
He continued: “I think they really thought bringing in the American [singer] in it, they were going to break the United States. Corn I ACCEPT are not really huge in America, like [in Europe]. That’s why they hired me — they wanted a change. And the tour was going rather slowly. We first did a headlining tour in the United States, [playing in the] clubs. It was good. And then we went out with WASP and METAL CHURCHand that was half[-filled] rooms. So they felt the stress of that and the communication was poor. So it was building.”
David went on to say he was sorry for assaulting his former bandmate. “rock and I’m friends now,” he said, adding that “it was a bad decision” that was made when he and the rest of the band were under “a lot of stress.” be very dramatic. He had no right to tell her, and I had no right to slap him. So, I’m sorry.”
Francesco Jovino has just finished all the drum tracks for Iron Allies, people and Hannover greetings to the new Horus Studios album on the upcoming AFM announcement