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Review: Tank - Filth Hounds of Hades (2022)
Filth Hounds of Hades (2022)

Label: High Roller Records
Year released: 2022
Originally released in: 1982
Duration: 53:57
Tracks: 14
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: June 13, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Filth Hounds of Hades is the first full-length album from infamous NWOBHM band Tank (and one of several in their catalog getting a reissue from High Roller Records). This is the one I remember hearing about back in the day, though I never heard or even recall seeing it in any of the import bins when I was prowling record stores. The cover and title are total false advertising as they give you the impression that what you are about to hear is some underground, occult, evil metal and what you get is raucous, beer-soaked hard rock/heavy metal that has as much in common with ‘70s bands like KISS and AC/DC and their verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus approach as with their heavier NWOBHM brethren that were ramping up their speed and delving into more obscure lyrics. They do have chops, I freely admit, and songs like "Shellshock," "Blood, Guts and Beer" and "Who Needs Love Songs" have choruses that are now permanently stuck in my head (I'm not sure how happy I am about that). This album sounds rather dated today, even in the metal revival that's been going on for many years, that's how much ‘70s DNA is in Tank's sound, but I can't say that makes it bad, perhaps a bit beyond the freshness date. The extra material isn't anything special either (a couple of blah originals and live versions of songs from the album), so I'm not sure how mandatory this reissue is going to be, but if you love the NWOBHM and the heavy metal progenitors from the ‘70s, it's worth a listen.

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