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Tank - 2010 War Machine




ARTIST: Tank
ALBUM: War Machine
LABEL: Metal Mind Productions
SERIAL: MASS CD 1402
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Doogie White - vocals * Mick Tucker - guitar * Cliff Evans - guitar * Chris Dale - bass * Dave Cavill - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Judgement Day * 02 Feast Of The Devil * 03 Phoenix Rising * 04 War Machine * 05 Great Expectations * 06 After All * 07 The Last Laugh * 08 World Without Pity * 09 My Insanity

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WEBLINKS: www.tankfilthhounds.net


Background
The chequered career of these NWOBHM veterans somehow continues in 2010, although controversially without founder Algy Ward, who to many was Tank, responsible for the bands success back in the early 80's. Replacing him on vocals is journeyman Doogie White, who goes from one project to the next seemingly. Keeping the old guard alive are Tucker and White, who featured together first on 1984's previously reviewed 'Honor and Blood'. The loss of Ward takes away Tank's identity to a degree, although the guitar work thankfully retains the sound of old. What detracts from this albums success is White's vocals. He sounds so much like Biff Byford that I thought this was Biff himself singing. It makes the album almost laughable in many respects.


The Songs
The fast paced Tank of the past is replaced here by a mostly slow and chugging outfit with more of a hand in the fantasy metal stakes soundwise than the rampant outfit of old. The lyrics mostly involve war as expected, but often the music doesn't fit with the destruction White is rambling about. The music resembles a Dio solo album, with riffs akin to anything from Dio's catalogue, especially the title track and 'Feast Of The Devil.' It's metal yes, but hardly riveting. Things pick up with 'Phoenix Rising', a track which could be a leftover from 1983 thanks to increased speed. White's vocals somehow don't sound tough enough to compliment it. Simply horrific is the ballad 'After All' which will shock longtime fans. This is subpar melodic rock that I'd be embarrassed to be caught listening to. Predictably the following track 'The Last Laugh' is heavier, but this is Saxon surely. It sounds like the dull sound that the one time fellow Brit metal legends have cultivated since 1997. I can't find much to recommend 'My Insanity' or 'World Without Pity', both are melodically unaware and just downright boring. The cover also raises a grin, even I could have designed that I think..


In Summary
This album is sure to shift 1,600 copies worldwide, leaving me to wonder how these guys are still around. Anyone expecting another 'Run Like Hell' or Blood Guts And Beer' here might as well forget it. Those days are long gone and apparently so is Tank's identity, sad to say.


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#1 | gdazegod on November 09 2010 01:41:28
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#2 | Jez on July 20 2011 12:22:48
Tank are a very different beast to the NWOBHM version that released the excellent 'Filth Hounds Of Hades' way back in 1981. After all the stop/starts to their career and line up changes, the band now boast the vocal talents of the excellent Dougie White and If unashamed British Heavy Metal is your thing, then look no further than this very fine album. Some mighty riffing and solos from Mick Tucker enhance what are a very good set of songs, with 'Judgement Day' and the cracking 'After All' being head of the pack. Definitely a real surprise this one and all the Metalheads out there shouldn't hesitate in grabbing an ear full of this one.
#3 | rkbluez on March 09 2013 23:48:54
Jez is right Tank are a different beast on this cd...it's more focused straight up classic melodic metal...Doogie's vocals sound great and make a huge improvement to their overall sound...it's a lot more polished than the old tank stuff...and the follow up "War Nation" is even better and has a much fatter production also...if you like classic melodic metal with good vocals this will do nicely.

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