This album "TANK - Honour and Blood" is the fourth full length album by the NWOBHM band: TANK and was released in 1984 This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.
Tank's "Honour and Blood" is an electrifying testament to the power of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement. This iconic album, released on 12" LP vinyl, not only captivated fans worldwide but also left an indelible mark on the heavy metal scenes in the USA and Canada. With its masterful sound engineering by Alvin Clark and Peter Rackham, "Honour and Blood" delivers an auditory assault that solidifies Tank's status as a NWOBHM force to be reckoned with.
Sound and Recording Engineers:
The sonic intensity and precise production of "Honour and Blood" owe a great deal to the sound engineering talents of Alvin Clark and Peter Rackham. Working tirelessly to capture Tank's explosive energy, they ensured that every riff, vocal line, and drum beat reverberated with power and clarity. Their meticulous attention to detail and expertise in shaping the album's sound made it a standout release within the NWOBHM movement.
1. The War Drags Ever On (08:14):
Opening with an ominous intro, "The War Drags Ever On" sets the stage for the album's relentless onslaught. Clark and Rackham's engineering prowess shines through in the balanced mix, allowing each instrument to contribute to the track's dynamic and intense atmosphere. From Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans' dueling guitars to Algy Ward's commanding vocals, the soundscapes created are both captivating and fierce.
2. When All Hell Freezes Over (05:56):
This track continues the high-octane energy, propelled by Tucker and Evans' blistering guitar work. Clark and Rackham masterfully balance the mix, ensuring that each note cuts through the sonic assault. Algy Ward's vocals soar above the driving rhythm section, immersing the listener in the relentless fury of Tank's musical prowess.
3. Honour and Blood (06:31):
The album's title track showcases the engineering duo's ability to capture the essence of Tank's sound. From the powerful bass lines to the precision drumming, every element is given room to breathe, resulting in a balanced and cohesive sonic landscape. The guitars provide a wall of intensity, while Ward's vocals convey the emotion and conviction behind the lyrics.
4. Chain of Fools (04:08):
"Chain of Fools" demonstrates Clark and Rackham's versatility in capturing Tank's range. The mix highlights the bluesy undertones of the track, with the guitars delivering soulful riffs and Tucker's searing solos taking center stage. The rhythm section drives the song forward, creating a captivating groove that showcases the engineering duo's keen attention to detail.
5. W.M.L.A. (05:17):
Clark and Rackham's expertise in capturing the raw power of Tank's music is on full display in "W.M.L.A." The drums thunder with intensity, while the guitars provide a relentless onslaught of heavy riffs. The mix allows for the intricate guitar work to shine, showcasing the band's technical prowess.
6. Too Tired to Wait for Love (04:37):
In this heartfelt ballad, Clark and Rackham employ their engineering skills to create a balanced and emotive sound. Ward's vocals take center stage, conveying vulnerability and longing, while the guitars and rhythm section provide a solid foundation. The production captures the emotional depth of the track, immersing the listener in its melancholic atmosphere.
7. Kill (08:00):
Closing the album, "Kill" unfolds with epic proportions. Clark and Rackham skillfully capture the grandeur of the track, allowing each instrument to contribute to its intensity. The mix maintains clarity amidst the sonic onslaught, ensuring that every detail of Tank's musicianship is heard
|Album Fact Sheet: TANK HONOUR AND BLOOD NWOBHM|
Music Genre:NWOBHM British Heavy Metal
Album Production Information:
The album: "TANK HONOUR AND BLOOD NWOBHM" was produced by: TANK
Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Alvin Clark, Peter Rackham
Record Label Information:Roadracer Records – IRD-012
Record Format:12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
Year & Country:1984 USA & Canada
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: TANK HONOUR AND BLOOD NWOBHM
Complete Track-listing of the album "TANK HONOUR AND BLOOD NWOBHM"
The detailed tracklist of this record "TANK HONOUR AND BLOOD NWOBHM" is:
Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).
Photo of the TANK-band members in the center of the album back cover
"Honour and Blood" Record Label Details: RoadraceR IRD012 © & ℗ 1984 RoadrunneR Productions B.V. Sound Copyright
TANK is a heavy metal band formed in London, England in 1980. They are one of the most influential and enduring bands of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, alongside bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, and Saxon. Despite numerous lineup changes over the years, the band has continued to tour and release new music, cementing their status as legends in the metal scene.
TANK was founded by bassist/vocalist Algy Ward, who had previously played in punk bands like The Saints and The Damned. He teamed up with guitarist Peter Brabbs, drummer Mark Brabbs, and guitarist Mick Tucker to form the original lineup of TANK. The band quickly gained a following with their high-energy live shows and aggressive, riff-heavy music. They released their debut album, "Filth Hounds of Hades," in 1982, which is now considered a classic of the NWOBHM genre.
The band's early sound was heavily influenced by classic metal bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, but they also incorporated punk and hard rock elements into their music. Algy Ward's snarling vocals and thunderous bass lines were a defining characteristic of the band's sound, as were the twin guitar harmonies of Peter Brabbs and Mick Tucker. Mark Brabbs' powerful drumming provided the backbone for the band's hard-hitting rhythms.
Over the years, TANK underwent numerous lineup changes, with Algy Ward being the only constant member. The band's sound also evolved, incorporating elements of thrash metal and speed metal in the 1980s and 1990s. They continued to release albums and tour throughout the 2000s and 2010s, despite the death of Peter Brabbs in 2007.
One of TANK's most notable achievements is their influence on other metal bands. Their music has been covered by numerous bands, including Metallica, who covered their song "The Bridgehead" on their "Garage Inc." album. They also inspired a new generation of metal bands, including Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax.
TANK's music is characterized by its heavy, driving riffs, pounding drums, and aggressive vocals. They have always been a band that puts the emphasis on power and intensity, rather than technical prowess or virtuosity. Their music is meant to be played loud, with the volume cranked up to 11.
Despite the band's longevity and influence, TANK has always remained somewhat under the radar. They never achieved the same level of commercial success as some of their peers, but their music has always been highly respected by metal fans and musicians alike. They have remained true to their roots, never compromising their sound or style for the sake of mainstream acceptance.
RoadrunneR RR 9850 , 1984 , Netherlands
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Roadracer Records – IRD-012 , 1984 , USA / Canada
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RoadrunneR RR 9907 , 1983 , Netherlands
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Music for Nations MFN 3 , 1983 , France
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