Tank (band)

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Origin London, England
Genres Heavy metal
Years active1980–1989, 1997–present
Labels4Worlds Media, Kamaflage, Music for Nations, Spiritual Beast/Zoom Club
MembersAlgy Ward's Tank:
Algy Ward
Tucker/Evans's Tank:
Mick Tucker
Cliff Evans
Barend Courbois
Bobby Schottkowski
David Readman
Past membersMark Brabbs
Graeme Crallan
Michael Bettel
Gary Taylor
Steve Clarke
Steve Hopgood
Bruce Bisland
Dave "Grav" Cavill
Mark Cross
Peter Brabbs
Doogie White
Chris Dale
ZP Theart

Tank are a British heavy metal band, formed in 1980 by Algy Ward, a former member of The Damned. The band is known as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Tank was often compared to Motörhead as both bands, trios fronted by singing bassists, played a loose, almost punk-styled metal music with often colourful lyrics. [1] [2]

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Alasdair Mackie "Algy" Ward is an English rock and roll bass guitarist and singer. He is perhaps best known for founding and playing in Tank, which was a part of new wave of British heavy metal movement. He also played with The Damned.

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Their 1982 debut album, Filth Hounds of Hades , was positively received by both punk and metal fans as well as most critics, regarded now as one of the best albums of the NWOBHM movement. [3] Allmusic critic, Eduardo Rivadavia; described it as "Tank's best album ever, and qualifying it as an essential item in the record collection of any serious '80s metal fan." [4]

<i>Filth Hounds of Hades</i> 1982 studio album by Tank

Filth Hounds of Hades is the debut studio album by heavy metal band Tank, released in March 1982 on the Kamaflage label.

As was the case with many other bands of the era, Tank was never able to build on the promise shown by their first album. The band continued on for years through lineup changes and waning commercial fortunes before finally disbanding in 1989. Ward resurrected the band in 1997 playing tour dates around Europe and Japan for a couple of years. A new album, Still At War, emerged in 2002. In August 2006 Ward reported that he was putting the finishing touches on the demos for the next Tank album, Sturmpanzer. [5] The band's website has listed the release date for this album as "TBA" for years.

On 20 December 2008 a new lineup was announced. Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans were joined by original drummer Mark Brabbs and former Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale. Algy Ward was replaced by former Rainbow singer Doogie White. For 2010 the band replaced Brabbs with Voodoo Six drummer, Dave Cavill and released the new Tank album War Machine, with this lineup in released in October 2010. For 2011 the band replaced Cavill with heavy metal drummer, Mark Cross.

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Sack Trick are an English music collective whose music has been compared to the humour of Monty Python and musical madness of Frank Zappa. The bassist Chris Paulo Dale is the center of the group, guiding the audience through a universe that is more rock circus than rock opera, with a partiality for Kiss, funk metal and species of animals such as rabbits, penguins and sheep.

Doogie White Scottish rock singer

Douglas "Doogie" White is a Scottish rock vocalist. White currently sings for La Paz and Michael Schenker Fest. He has also notably sung for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Praying Mantis and Tank. White auditioned for Iron Maiden in 1993, following the departure of their vocalist Bruce Dickinson, but ultimately lost out to Blaze Bayley. He has been a professional musician for 35 years.

In February 2012 the band announced their first live DVD recorded the previous summer in Poland with additional footage to be recorded in March 2012. The band also released details of the return of former drummer, Steve Hopgood, along with details of the forthcoming album, War Nation. The album was released on 4 June on Metal Mind Productions, produced by Phil Kinman at his west London studios. [6]

In 2013, it emerged that Algy Ward has resurrected his own version of the band, with all tracks on a new album called Breath of the Pit being "written, played and shouted" by Ward himself. [7] According to Algy Ward, Sturmpanzer was to be released sometime in 2015. [8] Tank led by Tucker/Evans was scheduled to release their third album that year as well. The album, called Valley of Tears, was scheduled to be released on 9 June, but was pushed back to 18 September. [9] [10]

In January 2016, Ward stated that Sturmpanzer was finished and would be finally released in early 2016. [11] However, it was later delayed to 2018. [12]

In June 2019, (the Tucker-Evans) Tank will embark on their debut Australian tour, co-headlining with Girlschool and Raven, after Venom Inc. had to pull out due to health reasons.



Current members

Algy Ward's Tank

Tucker/Evans's Tank

Previous members


Tank (band)

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