NWoBHM / Heavy Metal • United Kingdom
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UK outfit TANK was formed in 1980 by Alasdair Mackie Ward (bass, vocals - ex Algy Ward of The Damned, hence the strong Motorhead link), Peter James Brabbs (guitars) and Mark Arthur Brabbs (drums).

From the onset constant gigging was a central part of the band, and they opened for more acts such as Girlschool, Motorhead and Baron Rojo. Out of many who found themselves assured of this new band's talents were Lemmy of Motorhead, probably due to his old association with Algy Ward during his days with The Damned.

1982 saw the band hit the studio twice, first to record their début effort "Filth Hounds of Hades" and then later for their sophomore album "Power of the Hunter". With two well received albums and ongoing gigging the band's reputation was on the rise, and in 1983 they signed for up and coming metal label Music For Nations, to become
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TANK Filth Hounds of Hades album cover 4.35 | 10 ratings
Filth Hounds of Hades
NWoBHM 1982
TANK Power of the Hunter album cover 4.14 | 7 ratings
Power of the Hunter
NWoBHM 1982
TANK This Means War album cover 3.62 | 8 ratings
This Means War
NWoBHM 1983
TANK Honour & Blood album cover 4.00 | 9 ratings
Honour & Blood
NWoBHM 1984
TANK Tank album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Heavy Metal 1987
TANK Still at War album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Still at War
Heavy Metal 2002
TANK War Machine album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
War Machine
Heavy Metal 2010
TANK War Nation album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
War Nation
Heavy Metal 2012
TANK Breath Of The Pit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Breath Of The Pit
Heavy Metal 2013
TANK Valley Of Tears album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Valley Of Tears
Heavy Metal 2015

TANK EPs & splits

TANK live albums

TANK The Return of the Filth Hounds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Return of the Filth Hounds
Heavy Metal 1998
TANK War of Attrition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
War of Attrition
Heavy Metal 2001

TANK demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

TANK re-issues & compilations

TANK Armour Plated album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Armour Plated
NWoBHM 1985
TANK Live and Rare album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live and Rare
Heavy Metal 2007

TANK singles (2)

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Don't Walk Away
NWoBHM 1981
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Turn Your Head Around
NWoBHM 1982

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TANK Honour & Blood

Album · 1984 · NWoBHM
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"Do you remember that I felt so bad that you'd been blown away for good?"

Tank's story is one of frontman and bassist Algy Ward slowly detaching himself from his past in The Damned- slinking slowly farther and farther away from the punk rock he had been playing a year prior to him forming Tank. But, just like contemporaries Motörhead, the band stayed attached to their roots firmly, combining the newborn New Wave of British Heavy Metal with the youthful exuberance of punk.

As Tank moved more and more onward however so evolved their music. The punk sensibilities became thinner and thinner as they broached further into the 80's, and by the time 1984 rolled around Tank had dropped the tomfoolery. This new album, brazenly embossed with an explosive military-style cover that would make even Sabaton blush, shows Tank at their most balls deep in this new medium. The vivacious Honour and Blood bears the brunt of some of the most badass metal to come from the early 80's. Each drum hit clicks like the hammer of a gun, no matter how simplistic the beat (which they are often not, thank god) may be. Each layered guitar lick reflects off itself and it's rippling bass counterpart to create a cacophony of chaos at each turn. This is of course without mention of Ward's vocal work, which is reflected particularly well on the force ten hurricane opener 'The War Drags Ever On' and the title track. No screeching or castrato stuff here- just brash, primitive growls...as it should be.

The sharp sonic assault created on multiple occasions are some of the finest that this particular scene has to offer, and can work in both a rapid gallop, or a slower, sludgier jog like 'Chain of Fools' or 'When All Hell Freezes Over'. Whatever your preference, it's likely Tank has you covered fairly well. But with almost every album, a few listens-through provide a few strikes against it. Ward's vocals, while almost always good, can get a bit silly the more guttural he goes. This is sometimes a shame because his clean vocals (seen on 'W.M.L.A.') are often equally as fitting for the music as his bellow. As a NWoBHM album, Honour and Blood occasionally delves into contrivances with some of the guitar work, but it remains almost always creative even at it's worst (even 'Too Tired to Wait for Love', possibly the closest they get to a ballad is fun as all hell). Of course we also have to take into account the time period; it's pretty obvious that the 1980's inanity would weave itself into the music at certain points, such as the glam vocal choruses and sometimes ridiculously cheesy lyrical themes (though 'Kill' is an extremely dark tune lyrical-wise for the time). These factors might bog a lesser album down to a much lower quality, but Tank's sound and presence is just so much more creative than others that, even through the lowest points, you're still cheering these boys on.

And so, the war drags ever on.

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