1980 is a watershed moment for heavy metal in Belgium. Antwerp has Killer, East Flanders has Ostrogoth and Acid rules the roost in West Flanders.
The quintet is original in more ways than one. With Kate De Lombaert they have a vocalist that has all the makings of an iconic metal chick: voice, attitude and looks. Despite an original musical approach it takes them until 1983 to release their maiden album on the small Bruges label Giant. The record becomes an overnight cult sensation and comparisons with such bands as Raven of Venom are legion. Still, Acid is no clone. Guitarist Donald ‘Demon’ Devers is a gifted musician with an identifiable style who gives the group a recognisable sound. Their third album ‘Engine Beast’ (1985) is Acid’s swan song. All three records become collector’s items and in metal circles Acid remains a mythical name. Fast forward to 2020: the band members are older and wiser but just as energetic as 35 years ago. This is a unique opportunity for the new generation of metalheads to catch Acid live and the older generation can look forward to a wonderful nostalgic experience.