Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tank-Power of the hunter


Metal Mind

The legendary New Wave of British Heavy Metal (or NWOBHM) was a movement saw a huge amount of bands pouring out around the same time. The results were generally great for fans because they had so many delightful and thrilling new sounds emerging all at once. So there were lots of choices and really a lot of material and ideas to try and soak in. Unfortunately for many of the bands there would ultimately be room for only a few of these bands to go on to greener pastures. So that meant that a number bands never received the accolades that they had hoped for. Tank would fall in this category as they had the firepower and the grit right from the start. "Power of the hunter" is their sophomore release and it was actually released the same year as their debut "Filth hounds from Hades". Tank were often compared to Motorhead and that is a fairly safe comparison. I would say pre-"Ace of spades" Motorhead would be more accurate as Tank are as much rough as they are heavy. On this album I also some early KISS as well, I think it's the raw sound and how each riff is punctuated that has me drawing that comparison. Tank also had strong groove going in the early days and that's apparent on tracks like "Walking barefoot over glass" and "Pure Hatred". The production is rough and I am sure that their sound actually benefits from the slightly fuzzy sound as it gives them a certain edge. I think this is certainly one of their better albums because the attitude and the focus is still very much intact. Metal Mind's re-issue includes three bonus tracks and a lyric booklet. It had been a long time since I last heard this album. I would not say that I could listen to every week, but Tank certainly made their contribution to the NWOBHM scene.

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