NWoBHM institution Tank has been busy in the studio recently putting the final polish on their latest metal offering which is certain to excite their legions of Filth Hounds around the world.
Re-ignition is a tribute to the early days of Tank and features eleven classic Tank songs chosen from the band’s first four albums which were originally released in the early eighties. (Filth Hounds of Hades, Power of the Hunter, This Means War, Honour and Blood).
The album will be released worldwide (ex Japan) through Cleopatra Records on April 26th 2019. The Japanese release will be through Rubicon Music.
The album also features two very special guest appearances; Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth and thrash legend Tom Angelripper of Sodom both add their own unique style and energy to this already formidable album.
Many bands have admitted to have been influenced by Tank’s unique style of punk edged metal which was the trademark sound on the early albums. Those bands include Metallica, Nirvana and Sodom to name a few.
Longstanding guitarist Mick Tucker on the release: “Many of the songs from those classic albums are still present in our live set and we are constantly being asked by our fans if we would ever consider re-recording any of them. Those original recordings are timeless and will always be there but we thought what harm can it do to give them a full metal makeover and inject new life into them. They deserve it!”
Tucker’s guitar partner Cliff Evans adds: “We approached US label Cleopatra Records to see if they would be interested in releasing the album. They jumped on it straight away and suggested the possibility of adding some special guests on the album. Maybe some artists who were influenced by Tank back in the eighties. Great idea! We recruited Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth to record a version of Shellshock in his own unique style and also German thrash legend Tom Angelripper fromSodom who has taken Power of the Hunter to another insane level”.
Joining Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on the album are recent recruits David Readman (Pink Cream 69) on vocals and Randy Van Der Elsen on bass. Long time Tank member and former Sodom drummer Bobby Schottkowski occupies the drum throne.
David Readman replaced former Tank vocalist and one time Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart after he was approached by Skid Row to join them on a permanent basis.
ZP recorded one album during his time with Tank (Valley of Tears) which became their best selling album since 1984’s Honour and Blood.
Prior to ZP the vocalist position was taken by former Rainbow frontman Doogie White who is now a permanent member of The Michael Schenker Fest lineup. His contribution to Tank includes the albums War Machine and War Nation plus the bands first ever live DVD (War Machine Live!).
Muses Cliff Evans on the band’s vocal position: “We’ve always aimed high when it comes to recruiting new vocalists and musicians and it’s always paid off. We’re very proud of the albums we’ve made with Doogie and ZP and now this new album showcases the amazing vocal talent of David Readman”.
Re-ignition Track Listing:
Walking Barefoot Over Glass
Power Of the Hunter (featuring Tom Angelripper)
Just Like Something From Hell
(He Fell in Love with a) Stormtrooper
This Means War
Shellshock (featuring Dani Filth)
Honour and Blood
Blood, Guts and Beer
Echoes of a Distant Battle
The War Drags Ever On
Tank will embark on a run of shows in April 2019 when they’ll be visiting Holland, Belgium, Finland, Sweden and also their very first appearance in The Ukraine at the Volume Club in Kiev.