Tank Filth Hounds of Hades from the magical metal world of 1982.
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator
Dateline: May 30, 2016
Tank Filth Hounds of Hades is another example of blood, guts and beer being poured into a muddy production mix, resulting in NWOBHM listening nirvana. If you can’t get beyond the bad production, just set the iTunes equalizer to Jazz or Rock and the sound should be acceptable to you.
The poorly produced quality of much of the new wave of British heavy metal is a big part of its charm. You can hear the “real” in the music. Greedy corporate capitalists always crush the soul right out of a situation like this.
They believe they can replicate the supernatural connection a bunch of poor boys from the slums have which encompasses their heart, soul and mind. The suits found a way to turn Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” in to “Blue Hawaii” and The Rolling Stones “Sympathy for The Devil” into “The Harlem Shuffle”.
Corporate bullshit and artistic creativity are just like oil and water, they never mix. If you want to experience heavy metal at it’s most raw form, this is it.
This NWOBHM Masterpiece takes off like a freight train straight out of Hell. Each track builds heavy metal tension upon heavy metal tension until it is unleashed in the thoroughly erotic “That’s What Dreams Are Made Of”.
An orgasmic tale of a female dominatrix, her subservient manager and the horde of horny dudes she services in the mud pit. If Steel Panther wants to do a cover song from the (NWOBHM) new wave of British heavy metal, this is the one. Not only is the content properly raunchy, but Algy Ward sounds just like Michael Starr towards the end of the song.
Shellshock, Struck by Lightning, Run Like Hell, Blood, Guts and Beers and That’s What Dreams are Made Of are about the best five songs to open an album in 1982. Can you name another album that starts off with five songs anywhere near as good as these? Tank Filth Hounds of Hades is Algy Ward’s textbook blending of heavy metal and punk rock.
Heavy Artillery is a song about growing up and being drafted into the military. It explores the thoughts of the soldier as he ponders the possibility that he will never return home or he will return home only to fight the enemy on his homeland.
Side two of the NWOBHM classic Tank Filth Hounds of Hades starts with a very promising song entitled “Turn Your Head Around”. With an intriguing opening lyric: “I can really safely say I’m glad you’re still alive. The one thing they can’t take away is your will to survive”. Unfortunately the song goes nowhere from there and just feels like musical filler.
“Who Needs Love Songs” is a heavy metal love song with a twist. Where you would assume this song would be a testament as to why heavy metal dudes don’t need love songs, this is exactly the opposite. Tank says they do need love songs. This is another fine example of Algy Ward’s punk sensibilities. There are numerous examples of this sprinkled throughout the album.
The title track “Filth Hounds of Hades” is a tribute to their hardcore fans Shane, Mack and Flash as well as to all the future fans they expected to gain had things gone better from a commercial standpoint.
Tank Filth Hounds of Hades finishes on a high note with “Fell In Love With A Stormtrooper”. Maybe the best song on the whole album next to “That’s What Dreams are Made Of”.
“Fell In love with a Stormtrooper” tells the sad tale of a transvestite who falls in love with a Soldier. Weird topic but damn good song. I will let Ted explain the particulars.
Produced by Fast Eddie Clarke , Tank Filth Hounds of Hades has always drawn comparisons to Motorhead. However this music is more melodic than Motorhead. Also Algy Ward is not quite as rough and Gravelly as Lenny. Either way if you’re a fan of Motorhead he will absolutely love this album.
Tank is and always will be:
- Algy Ward : Bass / Vocals
- Peter Brabbs : Guitars
- Mark Brabbs : Drums
- Struck By Lightning
- Run Like Hell
- Blood Guts And Beer
- That’s What Dreams Are Made Of
- Turn Your Head Around
- Heavy Artillery
- Who Needs Love Songs
- Filth Hounds Of Hades
- (He Fell In Love With A) Stormtrooper