Tank – Sturmpanzer

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Tank – Sturmpanzer
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 16/11/18
Running Time: 56.38
Reviewer Tsarina Wilson
6/10

The long-awaited album “Sturmpanzer” by Tank has finally been released but has it been worth the wait?

Tank, who have been going for many years, were often compared to Motorhead as both bands are fronted by bass playing vocalists and play with hard core riffs and heavy vocals, typical of the 80’s metal scene but Tank have added a bit of a modern twist.

This album was announced way back in 2006 by founder member Algy Ward and, as the finishing touches were being added, Ward stated the album would be released in early 2016. This was then pushed back to the present day and, going back to my first question, was it worth the wait?

I definitely think it was for the established fan base they have but it might not appeal to everyone. Despite this, “Sturmpanzer” is a very strong album, it’s heavy and non-stop throughout, with a few colourful lyrics thrown in for good measure.

Formed in 1980, the band ploughed on through the years with line-up changes before being disbanded in 1989. Algy Ward resurrected it in 1997, playing tour dates around Europe and Japan for a few years.

In 2008 a new line up was once again announced, while in 2012 the band announced a Live DVD recording from their previous summer tour of Poland. The band also released details of the return of former drummer Steve Hopgood, along with information of a forthcoming album “War Nation”, released on 4th June on Metal Mind Productions.

I can see where the comparison to Motorhead lies, but during “Sturmpanzer” it’s just with the vocal style and that’s as far as it goes. There are times where you wonder exactly what you are listening too, as there is a rock, fast punk and aggressive style similar to a lot of bands of the 80’s.

‘Revenge Of The Filth Hounds’ is a confusing track as it sounds like it is on a loop and is a mishmash of different bits put together, with added excerpts from various television series sound tracks thrown in for good measure. The last track ‘Field Recording Of The Field’, which was mainly a telephone ringing, seemed pointless to me but may mean something to others who have been fans for many years.

Tracks
1-Two Thousand Miles
2-March
3-No More War
4-Liannes Crying
5-First They Killed The Father
6-Sturmpanzer Pt 1&2
7-Living In Fear of….
8-Which Part Of F.O. Don’t U Understand
9-The Last Soldier
10-Little Darling
11-Revenge Of The Filth Hounds Pt 1&2
12-Field Recording Of The Field

Links:
https://www.tankofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/556235897916772/

 

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Seven Sisters – The Cauldron and The Cross

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SEVEN SISTERS – THE CAULDRON AND THE CROSS
Dissonance Productions
Release Date: 13/04/2018
Running Time: 51:18
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
9/10

After having the opportunity to interview Graeme from Seven Sisters recently, I thought to myself that I really should give their new album The Cauldron and The Cross a spin, and why not give it a review at the same time.

Seven Sisters are a four-piece heavy metal band from London, who are, in their own words, forged from the same steel as the NWOBHM acts of yesteryear. Formed in 2013 by Kyle McNeil (vocals/guitars) and Graeme Farmer (guitars) in 2013, they are inspired by the likes of the Paul Di’anno era of Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Virtue.

Says the band: “we have a mix of old school heavy metal (the NWOBHM movement in particular) and elements of power metal, thrash metal and things like that. We’re pretty progressive in places, but our songs are heavily melodic and hopefully pretty catchy too.”

The band have gained a reputation over the past few years as a stellar act in the heavy metal scene, playing shows all over the UK and Europe off the back of two independent releases, “The Warden Demo” in 2014 and “Lost in Time” 7” in 2015. They have since signed to Dissonance Productions and The Cauldron and The Cross is their second album.

With its main source of inspiration being a book written by Marion Zimmer Bradley called “The Mists of Avalon”, The Cauldron and The Cross is a concept album, a story that involves the two religions of Paganism and Christianity. With its myth and magical title tracks and a cover artwork depicting what looks like a scene from a fantasy film, this album has all the hallmarks of a typical power metal release.

But, this is power metal with a twist. Although, the power elements are unmistakably there, the thrash elements the band themselves stated were an influence can also be heard, but then so can the NWOBHM traits.

But that’s not all. On top of all this are the subtle prog influences too. I have never really been a prog rock/metal fan but the time changes throughout the individual tracks are clear to hear. Time changes are one of the aspects of prog music that turned me off the genre, but in this album, they seem to flow a lot better. And this, along with the changes in key, really does make it seem as if the music and lyrics are talking to you.

This is a band that obviously has an immense talent. Despite the relatively short time they have been together, they work so well and sound like they have been doing this for years. And that is something not found very often.

I read somewhere that the band intended on being a five piece, looking to recruit a singer to fill the fifth place and that Kyle was only a stand in singer. I can honestly say, that in my opinion, NOT getting that fifth person was the best thing for the band. Kyle is an absolutely fantastic singer with a voice that can cover a whole variety of ranges. He is ideally suited to the music the band play and I think that if they were to replace him now (please don’t) the whole dynamic of the band will change.

This album has everything from the speed metal of the opening track “Premonition” to the Maiden-influenced “Once and Future King” to the slower pace of “Blood and Fire.” There is also the ‘obligatory’ power ballad in “Oathbreaker” but this is, by no means, just a track that has been thrown in because people expect a ballad. It fits perfectly into the structure of the album and is one of the best tracks on it.

Stand out tracks for me, apart from “Oathbreaker” as mentioned above, are “Blood and Fire” and the double epic tracks “The Cauldron and The Cross Parts 1 and 2” at the end of the album, but my absolute favourite must be “The Turning of The Tide.” I could have that track on repeat for hours and not get bored with it.

So, should you go out and by this great album from this fantastic young band? Yes, you sure as hell do! This is a must for power metal fans, thrash metal fans, NWOBHM fans and traditional heavy metal fans alike.

I absolutely adored this album, and, for me, this is one of the best albums that has been released this year.

TRACK LISTING
The Premonition
Blood And Fire
Once And Future King
Partings The Mists
Turning Of The Tide
Oathbreaker
A Land In Darkness
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.1
The Cauldron And The Cross Pt.2

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://sevensistersuk.bigcartel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/sevensistersheavymetal/

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