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Jag Panzer - 1984 Ample Destruction

ARTIST: Jag Panzer
ALBUM: Ample Destruction
LABEL: Iron Works
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1990, Metal Core, CORE6 * 2013, HR Records, HRR 291CD


LINEUP: Harry 'The Tyrant' Conklin - vocals * Mark Briody - guitars * Joey Tafolla - guitars * John Tetley - bass * Rick Hilyard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Licensed To Kill * 02 Warfare * 03 Symphony Of Terror * 04 Harder Than Steel * 05 Generally Hostile * 06 Black Sunday * 07 Watching * 08 Reign Of The Tyrants * 09 Cardiac Arrest * 10 Crucifix * 11 Possession/ Suffer Unto Me/ Apostles of the Damned/ The Beast/ Armageddon


Somehow 'Ample Destruction' became one of the most acclaimed American heavy metal albums of the 1980's, which is not to say it isn't well deserved, but on reflection, and with the bonus of time, it doesn't sound unlike hundreds of other bands treading the same ground in 1984. Operating out of Denver, the band then known as Tyrant, released an EP, 'The Tyrant' in 1983, which made an impact on the underground scene, and their cause was furthered by the arrival of guitar whiz Tafolla. The resulting album became an instant cult smash, the material pure heavy metal through and through.

The Songs
There's a ton of energy roaring through every track here, but even by 1984 standards I can't help but feel it sounds dated compared to Icon and WASP's debut's the same year. Naturally the production values weren't quite there, which takes some impact away. Conkin's vocals are nothing short of amazing, giving Rob Halford a run for his money, and needs to be heard to be believed on rampant opener 'Licensed To Kill'. 'Warfare' gets my vote as the true must hear, the riffing extremely tight, raising the excitement levels. 'Reign Of The Tyrants' is typical medieval metal fare, epic in nature but somehow an empty listening experience. Equalling the likes of Manowar for metal superiority is 'Harder Than Steel', which just from the title you might have guessed is a feast of traditional metal which makes old buggers like me pine for the good old days! On the verge of thrash is 'Generally Hostile', but sadly 'Cardiac Arrest' for all its metal inspired lyrics doesn't get the heart beating the way it should, the music tried and true, but limp wristed. 'The Crucifix' runs over seven minutes, building into a nice Iron Maiden inspired galloping frenzy, true to the denim and leather cause!

In Summary
Perhaps overhyped, but still one for the purist. Tafolla left following this and Jag Panzer split before reforming in 1987, recording 'Chain Of Command', which went unreleased until 2004. Happily the band has been recording regularly since 1994, and is still on the scene with Conklin on vocals, although it must be noted one of his replacements in the 90's, Daniel Cona passed away in 2003.

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#1 | tompa on February 16 2008 01:58:44
Metal from the 80's has aged very badly but this is one album I still enjoy listening to!
#2 | Eric on February 16 2008 03:56:25
I bought this with the Ratt debut EP (I remember clearly) and sold it used at a local store as I did with so much stuff back then. I remember very little of it Alun, but now all these years later and reading this review..... wish I held on to it.*blushing*
#3 | Pavlos on March 03 2013 19:59:10
'Ample Destruction' is a real metal gem. Songs like 'Harder Than Steel', 'Reign Of The Tyrants' and 'Generally Hostile' are amongst the best classic metal tunes ever to be written. In April 2013 High Roller Records will release a nice 4 LP boxset, containing the album plus the EP and two demos.
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