|Review: (The German) Panzer - Send Them All to Hell|
|Send Them All to Hell|
Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2014
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 22, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Send Them All to Hell
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)
As I've been listening to Send Them All to Hell from (The German) Panzer all that's been going through my mind is how much like the current version of Accept they sound. Lo and behold, the band is comprised of former Accept members Herman Frank (guitars) and Stefan Schwartzman (drums) and is rounded out by Destruction bassist/vocalist Schmier. With a line-up like that would expect anything less than massive, riff-laden Heavy Metal? Me neither.
What is clear when listening to Send Them All to Hell is that at least some of the crushing riffs and keen soloing behind Accept's recent run of successful albums can be attributed to Frank. His guitar sound is thunderous and his lead-work is exemplary. Schwartzman's drumming rolls over you like a landslide and Schmier is, well, Schmier. Either you like his voice or you don't but the gritty screams suit this music to a tee, much as Udo Dirkschneider's suited early Accept. The songwriting is not at the same level as the performances and I while I enjoyed the playing the songs often get a little stale before they've run their course. Exceptions would be the supremely melodic "Temple of Doom," speedy, double-kick powered "Freakshow" and "Panzer" with its marshal chorus that should have fists in the air at live shows for years to come.
Send Them All to Hell is a fine debut and all fans of Germanic Heavy Metal will want to cast their gaze in the direction of (The German) Panzer. The songwriting can definitely use a little work and it seems likely that while the riffs may have been the purview of Mr. Frank, the melodies of Accept may have been Mr. Hoffman's area of expertise. Either way, this may be one of those situations where someone leaving a band results in TWO great bands instead of the death of one.
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