10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2009
Tank's "Filth Hounds of Hades" has got to be one of the meanest and most stripped down sounding albums of the entire NWOBHM. The only band that was able to capture perfectly that strange beer swilling chemistry that made Motorhead such a definitive Metal act.(No surprise. Motorhead's guitarist Fast Eddie Clark produced it.)
This is one of the funnest and most energetic records of the period and one of my personal favorites of the many superb debut albums from that era.
Each track is pretty memorable ripe with good riffs and hooky choruses ranging from awesome butt kickers like "Shellshock", "Run Like Hell" and "Blood Guts and Beer". The lead cuts for sheer awesomeness are "T.W.D.A.M.O", which is one rugged love song and the record's best riff and lead single with "(He fell in love with a) Stormtrooper" one of those songs that ranks with the best of Motorhead and there ilk. Lead guitarist and vocalist Algy Ward really channels the sound of Lemmy on this record and it helps alot.
Any fan of classic Heavy Metal with that biker feel will find this release essential. Motorhead fans will enjoy the album for it's similar yet different kind of sound.
The albums will get increasingly better from here including classics like "Power of the Hunter" and "This Means War".
*One of my 100 favorite albums.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2010
Tank were one of the more prolific NWOBHM bands as they followed the more popular traits of the genre (fast ripping songs). The NWOBHM was moreso known for bands like Diamond Head, Venom, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Venom, Jaguar, Saxon, and so fourth which were the bands that played the more aggressive and fast stuff that would influence Metallica and countless American bands. However there were still a handful of more versatile bands that were lost in the scene. Tank follow the former approach and basically, they're a poor man's Motorhead. A 3 piece who played savage ear shattering rockers with titles like Blood Guts And Beer, Struck By Lightning and (He Fell In Love With A) Stormtrooper, its apparent these guys have a sense of humor. They are storming early hey day metal for sure although you might find yourself clamoring for their heroes Lemmy and co after hearing it.
Other key tracks like Who Needs Love Songs and Run Like Hell, reveal these guys didn't have much sublety. Which was the great thing. Musically there isnt much to say. Theyre pretty standard, burning powercords, fast double bass drumming and the 'gargle with broken glass' vocals, Algy Ward was really the star member of Tank. They might be a bit overrated as Filth Hound Of Hades went onto be one of the more sought after collector's items of the era. The new remastered version is the ideal copy to pick up. Containing 8 bonus cuts and nice packaging. Tank's subsequent efforts found them to be a pretty inconsitant band of the genre although the nostalgia of geniune early 80's British metal overshadows that. FHOH is a minor classic for those who want more bite with their party music, as Tank were just too tongue in cheek to be taken seriously. Great band for a great time in music
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2014
this was one of the best records released at the hight of the nwobhm back in 1981, this album next to saxons strong arm of the law from 1980 are probably (in my opinion) the 2 best next to many others without a doubt, well this is where it all began for tank with this now classic filth hounds of hades record, i cant belive it has been over 33 years already since the release of this, i was lucky enough to find a nice uk copy in 1982 that still had the sew on patch the first pressing had, NO i did not have my mom sew the patch on i had the artwork PAINTED on my then denim jacket along with my other favorites at this time and unlike most I STILL HAVE THE JACKET 30 YEARS ON but barley fit into it now, anyway what do you care about that????? point is this is the best freakin tank record period the songs on here like shellshock, run like hell, blood guts and beer as well as he fell in love with a storm tropper are timeless classics, i burned this cd onto a disc with the power of the hunter cd and i love blasting this to the max in the car as it is the best driving music out there, of coarse i got my copies here at home to, flawless record this was, so powerful, so raw, so in your face and so damn loud, it just did not get better then this, this was the right direction algy went in when he left the damned in 1980, as most know he had a stint with the saints as well starting in 1977, it was not to common back then for a musician to go from 2 amazing punk bands to forming the best damn metal band next to motorhead back in these days, anyway i to always felt tank had a very large uniquness about them wich did indeed make them stand out as per say IN THERE OWN GENRE, it was obvious that regardless of the nwobhm explosion NO OTHER BAND WAS DOING WHAT TANK WAS DOING AT THIS TIME, sadly by the mid 80s tank seemed to fall by the wayside but i have been loyal to these guys since 1982 now since i first heard them, as i say in all my reviews as an american i was lucky enough to catch 2 tank shows in the nyc area back in the spring of 1985 THE ONLY TIME THEY EVER PLAYED THE US on a 10 date east coast tour, im unhappy since 2010 that cliff evans and mick tucker decided they had the right to steal the tank name and go on without algy NO ALGY NO TANK, ALGY WARD WAS TANK LIKE LEMMY IS MOTORHEAD AND BIFF BYFORD IS SAXON you cannot take a band away from the guy who FORMED IT!!!! anyway though algy has decided to resume making records by himself without any touring do to his poor health i will buy those to support algy but sadly we have seen the end of tank as algy cannot tour and is not in a position to do so, well the first 4 tank records where the best but i really enjoyed the tank s/t lp in 1987 and still at war from 2002 was great to, god how i miss the old days and how i wish i could see tank live just one more time.............
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2010
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal was one of the most fruitful and creative times ever for heavy rock music. It combined the influences of '70s hard rock and metal (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, '70s Judas Priest, et al.) with the D.I.Y. attitude, production values and aggression of punk.
One band to truly capitalize on this was London's Tank, and after releasing the "Don't Walk Away" single in 1981 (included here) on their own Kamaflage label, the band entered Ramport studio in December of that year to record their debut full-length "Filth Hounds of Hades." You knew you were in the hands of greatness when Motorhead's "Fast" Eddie Clarke was at the production helm. And yes, there is a Motorhead influence present as many have said, and how could there not be, as Motorhead had essentially created what we know as speed metal on the previous year's seminal "Ace of Spades." But Tank are far from imitators and once you get past the similarities you see that they in reality had a unique and one of a kind sound.
What I don't hear people saying as much is just how much later American thrash bands apparently borrowed from Tank. The opening of Metallica's "Hit the Lights" sounds strikingly similar to the opening of Tank's "Shellshock" and the main riff in "No Remorse" is a dead giveaway for that of track number three on "Filth Hounds of Hades," the awesome "Run Like Hell." But as great as Tank were, it's only natural the younger American bands would imitate their progenitors and NWOBHM heroes in this way.
Getting back to the punk influence, it's no surprise that Tank would have one, as bassist and frontman Algy Ward had actually played on seminal British punk act the Damned's 1979 "Machine Gun Etiquette" LP. I would think that any fan of U.K. hardcore bands of the day like G.B.H. could also get into Tank, as shown on brilliant high velocity monsters as "Turn Your Head Around." This one features a classic riff and is guaranteed to get a slam pit going in no time. "Heavy Artillery" has that crunch-crunch guitar tone that was a precursor to thrash metal. But the band mixes it up as well, with catchy, more straightforward rock numbers like "That's What Dreams Are Made Of."
This 2009 reissue on Metal Mind Poland is everything you could ever desire in a reissue. The gold CD features a brilliant 24-bit remastering job, with every note coming through clear as a bell and with a truly great sound. It comes housed in a gatefold LP-style digipak which contains a booklet with full lyrics. Finally, all early singles from around the time of the LP are included.
All in all, if you are at all into the NWOBHM, Tank were one of the brightest and most high energy acts of the whole movement and this CD is therefore mandatory to anyone wishing to learn more about this bygone era of hard rock music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
This album is classic NWOBHM from the 80's. I had it on vinyl back in the day (that's long gone now), but now I have this version on CD and it rocks. You can't go wrong with this. In the early days these guys would get compared to Motorhead all the time - their new stuff is completely different now. I enjoy the old school metal of Filth Hounds Of Hades - Rock On.....
on July 20, 2010
I liked this album alot. I've been listening to alot of NWOBHM and Bay Area thrash lately but was running out of things to listen to. I open up my definitive guide to heavy metal to look for something new. Hmmm, Tank huh? Produced by Fast Eddie Clark? A poor mans Motorhead? I'll give it a shot then! This is really good rock n roll. Catchy, hooky all that stuff. I will definitely buy the rest of their catalogue.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2009
I have been a Fan of NWOBHM for a while now and Tank is one of my favorites. My favorite Tracks are Struck by Lightning, Run like Hell, and Blood Guts and Beer, but they are all pretty good. This album also features Many bonus Tracks so if you are new to Tank this is a Great album to pick up!