DVD Reviews

Tank – War Machine Live DVD Review

Released by: Metal Mind Productions

Release Date: December 11th, 2012

Genre: Heavy Metal

Links: http://www.tankofficial.com

 

Line Up:

Mick Tucker (guitars)

Cliff Evans (guitars)

Doogie White (vocals)

Chris Dale (bass guitar)

Steve Hopgood (drums)

 

Tracklist:

1. This Means War

2. Judgement Day

3. Echoes of a Distant Battle

4. Phoenix Rising

5. Feast of the Devil

6. Honour and Blood

7. Great Expectations

8. T.W.D.A.M.O

9. Don’t Dream in the Dark

10. Power of the Hunter

11. (He Fell in Love with a) Stormtrooper

12. The War Drags Ever On

 

Years of battles scars and changes in the scene have made the british NWOBHM movement go through it’ shares of phases, but despite the ever changing landscape in the metal scene; bands that fall under this genre have always managed to keep it’s formula intact for the most part. Check bands like Saxon, or Tygers of Pang Tang for instance they to this day keep on plowing the metal fields releasing quality material. You can add the another veteran act in Tank to the fold, we already reviewed their second studio album War Nation with Doogie White on vocals recently here on MGM, now they have released a very first in the band’s history and that is a live concert DVD from earlier this year that features the band’s blasting away on 12 heavy hitters that call back early classics from their catalog as well as the new stuff with White on the helm.

This set was shot live at Poland’s Stodola venue (in Warsaw) and is being released through the band’s label Metal Mind Productions. The crowd while small for a club scene, does a nice job keeping up with the band’s energy from the onset as the guys jump right into “This Means War” the classic self title song from their 1983 album of the same name. They waste no time in getting things rolling as we are treated with “Judgement Day” from their War Machine release a couple of years ago. Tank does a great job of mixing their old school material with the new and transition the energy from those releases into the newer stuff, hence on the other 1984 classic cut “Honour & Blood” which has a killer guitar riff and some crowd pleasing grooves. One of my favorites form the band has to be “(He Fell in Love with a Stormtrooper” which still sounds catchy as hell and White does a great job fitting into his new role with Tank and pumping his vocals on the older material. The guys end the night right with “The War Drags Ever On” from the Honour and Blood record, and the show comes across as a total success.

Is nice to have this on concert footage as I’m sure die hard fans of the band will be milking their cows to get their hands on this concert, for one the band still sounds freaking brilliant, Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans are bloody ablaze laying down the axes and drummer Steve Hopgood kick starts the battery with a tour de force. Production is pretty solid and even though the venue is small the guys put on a great performance overall. The package also features the live performance from Metal Hammer Festival 2011 and interviews with both Doogie White, Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans as well as extras and video footage from the band’s past. One of the stellar bands still going around today and regaining back that same momentum that ignited their careers early on. A great addition to a TANK collection if you’re a fan of the band as well as newcomers that have just recently jumped aboard after “War Machine” and “War Nation”.

 

Written by Denys

Ratings    Denys    8/10

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