TANK has been a major force on the worldwide rock and metal scene since itʼs formation in 1980 by former ‘Damned’ bass player ‘Algy Ward’. Starting with the bandʼs punk influenced debut album ʻThe Filth Hounds of Hadesʼ through to this years metal epic ʻValley of Tearsʼ, the band has delivered some of the finest rock and metal music to come out of the UK over the past 3 decades. |
10 Studio Albums, 2 Live Albums, Live DVD, Limited Edition Box Set CD/Vinyl.
The band have toured alongside giants such as Motorhead and Saxon and were fortunate to be the opening act on the now legendary Metallica ʻRide the Lightningʼ tour across Europe in the winter of 1984. Most recent shows include opening for Judas Priest on their sold out ʻEpitaphʼ tour which was filmed and subsequently used in the bandʼs very first DVD – TANK, War Machine Live! Upon itʼs release in 2012 it went straight in at Number 1 in the Metal Hammer Eastern European Chart and gained rave reviews in all the metal press around the world.
Several lineup changes have taken place throughout the years. One of the most significant being the addition of former Rainbow/Malmsteen vocalist ʻDoogie Whiteʼ who joined forces with 30 year TANK veterans ʻMick Tuckerʼ and ʻCliff Evansʼ in 2009. Doogieʼs vocal performance and writing skills on the ʻWar Machineʼ and ʻWar Nationʼ albums contributed in making them two of TANKʼs most successful albums and opened the door for the band to move forward into a new era.
In 2013 a new vocalist was recruited to replace Doogie who was booked out on a world tour performing as vocalist with Michael Schenkerʼs ʻTemple of Rockʼ. Original Dragonforce frontman ʻZP Theartʼ was asked to join the ranks for a summer of European festival shows and has now become a permanent member of the bandʼs touring and recording line up. Completing the current line up are former Sodom drummer ʻBobby Schottkowskiʼ and Blind Guardian bass player ʻBarend Courboisʼ. These guys are the ʻBig Gunsʼ and have added real power and a whole new dimension to the sound and visual aspect of the band.
The new studio album ‘Valley of Tears’ was released worldwide on September 25th 2015 through Metal Mind Productions.