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Sunday Old School: New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Soldiers, Tank

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was responsible for some of the most popular metal bands the world has ever known. Making household names out of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard and granting Saxon the position of legends. However, for many bands in the movement, success was to be very short lived, if even found at all. Many N.W.O.B.H.M. bands were able to enter the British album charts with their debut, only to lose their popularity and fame shortly afterwards. Tank is one of these bands.

The group was formed in 1980 by bass player and vocalist Algy Ward, who had just left British punk rock legends The Damned. Tank gained favourable comparisons to Motorhead for their high energy heavy metal played with a punk edge and their entertaining lyrics. They released their first album, "Filth Hounds Of Hades" in 1982, which entered the British album charts at number 33 and is now regarded as one of the best albums from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. This would be the only taste of chart success Tank received unfortunately, as their next albums sold less than the band's debut. They decided to call it a day in 1989.

However, much like a number of other bands from the scene, Tank reunited in the late 1990s and performed a number of concerts in Japan and Europe before releasing a comeback album in 2002 entitled, "Still At War." The group has struggled since then however, with an album named "Sturmpanzer" sitting on the shelf since 2006. Founder Algy Ward is also no longer a member of the band and vocal duties are now handled by former Rainbow and Praying Mantis frontman Doogie White. The band is expected to finally release a new studio album this year through Soundhouse Records.

Tank - "(He Fell In Love With A) Stormtrooper"

Tank - "Turn Your Head Around"

Tank - "The War Drags Ever On"

Tank - "This Means War"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. HeadbangerHippy writes:

Nice article man!

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2. Unholy_Thrasher writes:

Nicely executed, Oz! This band is often overshadowed by the other better known NWOBHM acts. "Honour & Blood" contains enough power to eradicate galaxies at the speed of light.

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3. Diamond Oz writes:

Cheers guys. I had a feeling you'd like this one UT!

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4. hellrat writes:

the REAL Oz-man throws it down again!

nice work dude...really blowing out the cobwebs in myratty ol' memory :)

Long Live Sunday METAL Old School!!!

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5. deathfreak writes:

Tank such a good under rated band. Wicked job dude

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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Thanks again lads. Got a treat for ya next week too ;)

Tank really were an underrated band from the movement. They were better than Diamond Head in my opinion. Definitely in my top 5 NWOBHM bands.

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