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CD review PÄNZER "Fatal Command"

Veröffentlicht am 4. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Pänzer, Nuclear Blast, Heavy Metal, NWoBHM, News, CD Review, Schmier, VO Pulver, Oldschool

CD review PÄNZER "Fatal Command"

(8/10) German metal outfit Pänzer returns with a new album, the first one after having premiered in 2014 with “Send Them All to Hell”. Next to the album there is some more new to report. The line-up changed with Pänzer shifting from a trio to a quartet. German guitar hero Herman Frank left the band to focus on his solo project. Fortunately Destruction’s Schmier and Stefan Schwarzmann found equivalent new companions to fill the gap of a missing guitarist with Hammerfall’s Pontus Norgren as well as Poltergeist mastermind V.O. Pulver joining the powerhouse.

With such a line-up renewal of the line-up Pänzer’s sophomore album comes with additional firepower. As with the debut the band created another homage to 80’s metal with roots in the NWoBHM period. Therefor it’s not a too big of a surprise that Iron Maiden references are present more than once. Listening to the opener and also “Scorn and Hate” leaves no doubt of where the influence come from, esp. listening to the guitar lines. What spices-up things are the thrashy and raspy vocals of Schmier. His voice adds some uniqueness to each of the eleven songs, moving Pänzer tracks from 'good' to 'very good'.

What’s also beneficial is the combined songwriting competence that comes with the four-piece. Even though the album stands for oldschool metal, being an homage to the early days of metal, none of the tracks feels dusted and old-fashioned. Pänzer come up with excellent riffs just like that. Songs like the slow and mighty “Skullbreaker” or merciless speedster “Promised Land” hammer home the fact that this album is more than just a project, done by musicians who have too much spare time. This longplayer is a matter of heart and a true headbanger. The only issue that comes with “Fatal Command” is the fact that you better train your neck-muscles because otherwise you’ll end up with severe neck pain due to intensive headbanging.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Satan’s Hollow
  2. Fatal Command
  3. We Can Not Be Silenced
  4. I’ll Bring You the Night
  5. Scorn and Hate
  6. Afflicted
  7. Skullbreaker
  8. Bleeding Allies
  9. The Decline (…And the Downfall)
  10. Mistaken
  11. Promised Land
  12. Wheels of Steel

 

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 6th, 2017

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Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann leave ACCEPT

Veröffentlicht am 29. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Accept, Panzer, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News

News from the German metal machine Accept. Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann are no longer part of the band and will focus in the future on Panzer; the new band (including Schmier from Destruction) that released recently their debut album.

Here is the official statement from Accept:

"ACCEPT would like to thank Herman Frank & Stefan Schwarzmann for being with us these last 4 + years, for making themselves available whenever needed and for rocking their asses off! We and the fans all knew that they had their own careers and that eventually we would run into scheduling and other conflicts beyond our control. Herman and Stefan are now ready to take on the world, with their own band “PANZER”, a Nuclear Blast Record deal under their belts and a new album!

We are parting as friends and wish them nothing but success!

We ourselves are getting ready for 2015 – another year of heavy touring! We would like to say thanks again to our fans around the world for their huge support and for the fantastic year 2014!"

Source: Accept homepage

Photo: Alan Hess (Promo)

Photo: Alan Hess (Promo)

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CD review The German PANZER "Send them all to hell"

Veröffentlicht am 28. November 2014 von Markus W. in Panzer, Destruction, Accept, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) When guys from well known German metal bands team up the result must be something impressive. The German Panzer ('tank' in English) is the newest of those initiatives. Schmier, bassplayer and singer from Destruction, Herman Frank (g) from Accept and Victory, plus Stefam Schwarzmann from Accept on drums formed this new trio call The German Panzer. And this tank has an enormous power engine.

The project was actually the idea of Schwarzmann who had a chat with Nobert Mandel (from the Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland) about how to bridge a period between tour and studio. They took the idea of a project further, Mandel contacted Schmier and what started as a chat became more and more form and shape.

The name of the band is something which is a bit delecate. A German band called The German Panzer could lead to some controversial discussions. But it also fits to the music of the band and Schmier also stated that he is critisizing with his lyrics.

The music can be described as being a bit harder than Accept by also being more melodic than Destruction. It is the best out of both worlds which are reflected in The German Panzer.

The opener is pretty fast and reminds to Judas Priest in the "Painkiller" times. The pounding "Hail and kill" and "Temple of doom" guarantee an excellent start into this metal record. A triple that really rocks. "Temple of doom" by the way is everything but not doom. It is a high pace rocker with a lot of screaming guitars. 

The title track is one of the best songs on the record. It is kept a bit slower than some others and spreads a gloomy atmosphere. And this is one of the good things with this album. The German Pazer doesn't sing about war and destruction combined with some sing-a-long melodies; like some other bands. You can feel the pain and harm of war in the songs of The German Panzer.

Another highlight is "Why?". The way Schmier screams 'why' in the chorus puts your teeth on edge. Furthermore the song is slow, heavy and full of desperation. 

Also not to forget the Gary Moore cover "Murder in the skies" that got a new makeover. The original song can be still recognised very well, but the trio re-arranged it and gave it a new interpretation. A well done cover version.

The world would be much better if all 'Panzer' would be like this one, which delivers power instead of pain. I cool album which is maybe not rocket science, but music that is great headbanging stuff. Let's see if The German Panzer keeps on rolling also in the future.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Death knell
  2. Hail and kill
  3. Temple of doom
  4. Panzer
  5. Freakshow
  6. Mr. Nobrain
  7. Why?
  8. Virtual collision
  9. Roll the dice
  10. Bleed for your sins
  11. Murder in the skies (Bonus)

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review The German PANZER "Send them all to hell"
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