Biography
Tank
Biography:

Part One: TANK was formed in Croydon(London, England) in February 1980 by Alasdair "Algy" Mackie Ward(born on July 11th 1959)(bass, vocals)(who in September 1977 until October 1978 played in the band The SAINTS with src="http://www.tankfilthhounds.net/epbimages/tankerrang.jpg" alt="TANK 1982" align="left" hspace="4" width="275" height="177" vspace="4">Chris Bailey, Ivor Hay, Ed Kuepper and who also in November 1978 until February 1980 played and even recorded punk rock album called "Machine Gun Etiquette"(1979) with The DAMNED members Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible and Dave Vanian), who teamed up with ex-HEROES Peter James Brabbs(guitar) and his brother Mark Arthur Brabbs (drums), who played before in a band FATHER LUKE with  Steve
Sutton(vocals), Greg Radcliffe(guitar/vocals)(now with RAZOR BABIES),  Nigel Walkling(bass) and  Paul Sindel(keyboards/vocals), after  they changed their name to THE BRITISH STANDARTS and then,  THE STANDARTS.
 
 The Ward /Brabbs/Brabbs association called itself TANK and soon became one of the hardest touring N.W.O.B.H.M.(New Wave of British Heavy Metal) trios in England, constantly supporting headliners from the likes of MOTÖRHEAD("Iron Fist", "Ace of
Spades" European Tours 81/82), GIRLSCHOOL, DIAMOND HEAD, BARON ROJO, DEDRINGER and ANGEL WITCH amongGirlschool/Tank at Lyceum others.
It was MOTÖRHEAD's very own Lemmy Kilmister who immediately was convinced by TANK's outstanding talents. Within a few months TANK recorded two breathtaking albums("Filth Hounds Of Hades" and "Power Of The Hunter") which these days are
desperately sought after by Metal collectors all over the world.
In 1983 TANK left their record company to sign a deal with the newly established Music For Nations(MFN) label, where they became stable-mates with soon-to-be illuminaries ANTHRAX, METALLICA and MANOWAR, to name but a few.
The new album was completed  in June 1983, "This Means War" under the guidance of John Verity who had already worked with SAXON and ARGENT, there also were guest appearances of Denise Dufort from GIRLSCHOOL, Jody Turner and Julie Turner from ROCK GODDESS on backing vocals. This album was more powerful
than first two. I would have to say this is my favorite TANK album of all time. 
Surprisingly things didn't work out too well for TANK due to internal frictions. Brothers Mark(he joined another NWOBHM band called DUMPYS RUSTY NUTS, after Paul Samson's EMPIRE(in 1986) and SAVIOUR( in 1988), pop band RAZOR BABIES in the 90s early 2000 with his old friend from FATHER LUKE Greg Radcliffe on guitars, and who's now playing in the rock band called CAMP DAVID) and Peter Brabbs(he left music business, in fact his son formed industrial metal band CREPETUS, which supported TANK at London's
gig in February 2003 ) quit being replaced by Michael Bettell(R.I.P./1962-2003) (the drummer of the PARISH) for a very short time and after him another ex-WHITE SPIRIT Graham Crallan(drums) and guitarist Cliff John Evans(born on January 14, 1962)(later in 1992 he joined Paul Di'Anno(ex-IRON MAIDEN)and KILLERS) who played with aged blues-rockers CHICKEN SHACK and later HEAD FIRST.
Tank on tour with Metallica 1984width="265" height="160">In 1984 a freshly formed TANK cut one more album, this time for Roadrunner Records, entitled "Honour & Blood" which again was a very satisfying job, though the band never regained the thrilling vehemence of the two discs that had established TANK's good reputation among Heavy Metal supporters.
From November 16 to December 20, 1984 TANK shared the stage in Europe with Heavy Metal Gods(in the past) METALLICA (Ride The Lightning tour). As you can see it on "Master Of Puppets" album, METALLICA gave thanks to the TANK & crew.
The North American tour 
band played along with RAVEN(Chicago, New Jersey  and Detroit) and LOW RIDERS(New York). TANK also had shows in Canada(Toronto and Montreal) again with RAVEN.
Algy Ward produced Italian thrash band BULLDOZER's "The Day Of Wrath" album for Roadracer Records in 1985. By the way, German thrash metal band SODOM covered TANK's songs "Don't Walk Away"("Agent Orange" album in 1989), "Turn Your Head Around"("Better Off Dead" album in 1990) and "Shellshock"("Ten Black Years" album in 1996).
TANK also cut in 1985 double album(compilations) called "Armour Plated". But suddenly drummer Graham
Crallan(he joined BRITTON and later PANAMA and few years later he also had a bad car accident) was replaced(in January 1985) by Cliff Evans's friend Gary Taylor(ex-BUFFALO, John Sykes's STREETFIGHTER) who moved(in 1987) in USA(he played in early 90s with SHOTGUN RATIONALE and after BRILLIANT SINS) and now are playing with the band called DRAGSTRIP. 
After touring the US for a few months in 1985, and two years later (in 1987) TANK recorded new album called "TANK" through GWR Records(the US release was through Restless Records in 1989). Unfortunately, TANK was disbanded at the end of
1989...
Part Two: Between 1989-1997 Algy Ward was also very active, he played at least with nine bands:
GROON jazz-rock band with Steve Clarke(ex-FASTWAY, Würzel, Jack Bruce) on drums and Tim Crowther(ex-David Cross band) on guitars;
ATOM GOD also with Steve Clarke, Lee Phillips on keyboards, Trev Thoms(HAWKWIND), Bill Leisegang(Nina Hagen, Jack Bruce) and recorded "History Re-Written"(1992) album;
NECROPOLIS again with Steve Clarke, Lee Phillips on keyboards, Bill Leisegang, Eddie Clarke on guitars, Sven Olafson on
vocals, Trev Thoms, John Clark(BRUFORD), Keith More(ASIA, John Wetton) and recorded speed metal album called "The End of the Line"(1997);
NETWORK again with Steve Clarke, Sven Olafson and Tim Crowther, and also with Pete Jacobsen, Steve Topping(Allan Holdsworth), Jan Hammer(MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA), Steve Franklin and Ted Emmett(both from CONGLOMERATE, LOOSE TUBES), Nick Stevens, Larry Coryell(The ELEVENTH HOUSE), Terry Gregory, Bill Leisegang,
Keith More, Tom Coster Jr., Hugh Hopper(CONGLOMERATE, SOFT MACHINE), Ian Aitkin(Brian May), Laurence Cottle(BLACK SABBATH) and recorded cool "Refusal to Comply"(1993) album as well as the great folk-death-speed(!) metal album called "L.N.C."(1996);
The Nicky Moore Band(ex-SAMSON's vocalist) in 1994 with  Andy Nye(ex-MSG) on keyboards and John Payne(now with ASIA) on vocals for about 1 year;
THE CONSPIRACY ;
VERA CRUZ;
height="200">WARHEAD with ex-MOTÖRHEAD's Würzel(guitar) and Evo on drums/vocals(WARFARE), also Chris Labron(keyboards) and recorded self-titled album in 1995. Algy Ward even produced some of WARFARE's albums.
Cliff Evans also played with the band called DESTROYER in 1988 along with Gerry(bass), Steve Clarke(drums) & Lea Hart(vocals)(ex-FASTWAY), and MASK in 1994 and recorded album "Why Me?" with Lee Phillips on
keyboards, Mike Keen(HYDRAVINE) on vocals, Steve Clarke, Simon Hannaford(SOMA) on guitars and Terry Crowdy(SOMA) on bass.
Part Three: After a long break of 9 years in 1997 TANK finally broke the silence(thank God!). Algy Ward(he re-joined THE DAMNED again in 1995 for a short time) together with old friends Cliff Evans and Mick Tucker hired Steve Hopgood(drums)(born on January 22, 1960)(ex-PERSIAN RISK, BRONZ, BATTLEZONE, SHY, PASSION, CHINATOWN, JAGGED EDGE) who also played with Cliff in Di'Anno's KILLERS.
TANK also played(in 1997) at the famous Wacken Open Air festival in
Germany and toured(in 1998) with RAVEN and HAMMERFALL in Europe. TANK rocks again! The band recorded great live album in 1998 called "The Return Of The Filth Hounds-live" through Rising Sun Productions. The live album was recorded in Berlin, Germany and with two new studio bonustracks. Hammer On!

Discography:



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Tank (UK) : Filth Hounds of Hades


Filth Hounds of Hades

CD, 1982 - Kamaflage Records

1. Shellshock
2. Struck by Lightning
3. Run Like Hell
4. Blood, Guts and Beer
5. That's What Dreams Are Made of
6. Turn Your Head Around
7. Heavy Artillery
8. Who Needs Love Songs
9. Filth Hounds of Hades
10. (He Fell in Love with a) Stormtrooper





Tank (UK) : Power of the Hunter


Power of the Hunter

CD, 1982 - Kamaflage Records

1. Walking Barefoot Over Glass
2. Pure Hatred
3. Biting and Scratching
4. Some Came Running
5. T.A.N.K.
6. Used Leather (Hanging Loose)
7. Crazy Horses (Osmonds Cover)
8. Set Your Back on Fire
9. Red Skull Rock
10. Power of the Hunter




Tank (UK) : Echoes of a Distant Battle


Echoes of a Distant Battle

EP, 1983 - Music For Nations

1. Echoes of a Distant Battle
2. Man That Never Was
3. Whichcatchewedmycuckoo




Tank (UK) : This Means War


This Means War

CD, 1983 - Music For Nations

1. Just Like Something from Hell
2. Hot Lead, Cold Steel
3. This Means War
4. Laughing in the Face of Death
5. (If We Go) We Go Down Fighting
6. I (Won't Ever Let You Down)
7. Echoes of a Distant Battle





Tank (UK) : Armour Plated


Armour Plated

Compilation, 1985 - Castle Music / Victor Entertainment

1. Don't Walk Away
2. Power of the Hunter
3. Run Like Hell
4. Filth Hounds of Hades
5. (He Fell in Love with a) Stormtrooper
6. Red Skull Rock
7. The Snake
8. Who Needs Love Songs ?
9. Steppin' on a Landmine
10. Turn Your Head Around
11. Crazy Horses
12. Some Came Running
13. Hammer on
14. Shellshock
15. That's What Dreams Are Made of (T.W.D.A.M.O)
16. Biting and Scratching
17. Used Leather
18. Blood, Guts and Beer
19. Filth Bitch Boogie
20. T.A.N.K.(Instrumental)




Tank (UK) : Honour and Blood


Honour and Blood

CD, 1985 - Music For Nations

1. The War Drags Ever on
2. When All Hell Freezes Over
3. Honour and Blood
4. Chain of Fools
5. W.M.L.A.
6. Too Tired to Wait for Love
7. Kill




Tank (UK) : Tank


Tank

CD, 1987 - GWR Records

1. Reign of Thunder
2. March on, Sons of Nippon
3. With Your Life
4. None But the Brave
5. The Enemy Below
6. Lost
7. (The Hell They Must) Suffer
8. It Fell from the Sky




Tank (UK) : The Return of the Filth Hounds


The Return of the Filth Hounds

Live, 1998 - Rising Sun Productions

1. This Means War
2. Echoes of a Distant Battle
3. That's What Dreams Are Made of
4. And Then We Heard the Thunder
5. Don't Walk Away
6. Honour and Blood
7. Power of the Hunter
8. Shellshock
9. In the Last Hours Before Dawn
10. And Then We Heard the Thunder





Angel Witch : British Steel: Heavyweight of Metal Live & Loud


British Steel: Heavyweight of Metal Live & Loud

Split, 1998 - Music Collection

GIRLSCHOOL
1. C'mon Let's Go
2. Emergency
3. Take It All Away
ANGEL WITCH
4. The White Witch
5. Angel of Death
6. Angel Witch
TANK (UK)
7. Echoes of a Distant Battle
8. This Means War
9. That's What Dreams Are Made of
SAMSON (UK)
10. Red Skies
11. Driving with ZZ
12. Riding with the Angels





Tank (UK) : War of Attrition - Live '81


War of Attrition - Live '81

Live, 2001 - Zoom Club Records

1. Shellshock
2. Steppin' on a Landmine
3. Blood, Guts & Beer
4. Run Like Hell
5. Don't Walk Away
6. Filth Hounds of Hades
7. He Fell in Love with a Stormtrooper
8. The Snake
9. Shellshock
10. Run Like Hell
11. Blood, Guts & Beer





Tank (UK) : Still at War


Still at War

CD, 2002 - Zoom Club Records

1. Still at War
2. That Girl's Name Is Death (T.G.N.I.D.)
3. Light the Fire (Watch 'Em Burn)
4. The World Awaits
5. And Then We Hear the Thunder
6. In the Last Hours Before Dawn
7. Conspiracy of Hate
8. When the Hunter Becomes Hunted
9. Return of the Filth Hounds
10. The Blood's Still on Their Hands
11. The Fear Inside
12. C-Ing Dub-All
13. Still at War (Single Mix)




Tank (UK) : Live and Rare


Live and Rare

Live, 15 October 2007 - Soundhouse Records

1. Shellshock03:06
2. Steppin' on a Landmine04:38
3. Blood, Guts and Beer04:06
4. Run Like Hell04:16
5. Don't Walk Away05:13
6. Filth Hounds of Hades03:53
7. Stormtrooper06:21
8. The Snake03:32
9. Shellshock02:40
10. Run Like Hell04:27
11. Blood, Guts and Beer04:19
12. Echoes of a Distant Battle04:31
13. This Means War05:27
14. T.W.D.A.M.O.05:30
15. Don't Walk Away03:59
Total playing time1:05:58





Tank (UK) : The Filth Hounds of Hades - Dogs of War 1981 - 2002


The Filth Hounds of Hades - Dogs of War 1981 - 2002

Box, 19 November 2007 - Metal Mind Productions

Live albums only appear in 9CD version
All CDs were remastered using 24-bit process and feature rare bonus tracksBoth editions will also contain an extensive booklet covering TANK's biography, discography, lyrics to all songs and a selection of archive photos.
DISC 1 - FILTH HOUNDS OF HADES
1. Shellshock
2. Struck by Lightning
3. Run Like Hell
4. Blood, Guts & Beer
5. TWDAMO
6. Turn Your Head Around
7. Heavy Artillery
8. Who Needs Love Songs
9. Filth Hounds of Hades
10. (He Fell in Love with a) Stormtrooper
Bonustracks
11. Don't Walk Away
12. Shellshock
13. Hammer on (Different to Album Version)
14. Don't Walk Away (Recorded Live at Dusseldorf, Germany on the Motorhead Tank European Tour 1981/1982)
15. The Snake
16. (He Feel in Love with a ) Stormtrooper (Live)
17. Blood, Guts and Beer (Live)
18. Steppin' on a Landmine
DISC 2 - POWER OF HUNTER
1. Walking Barefoot Over Glass
2. Pure Hatred
3. Biting and Scratching
4. Some Came Running
5. TANK.
6. Used Leather (Hanging Loose)
7. Crazy Horses
8. Set Your Back on Fire
9. Red Skull Rock
10. Power of Hunter
Bonustracks
11. Crazy Horses
12. Filth Bitch Boogie
DISC 3 - THIS MEANS WAR
1. Just Like Something from Hell
2. Hot Lead Cold Steel
3. This Means War
4. Laughing in the Face of Death
5. If We Go (We Go Down Fighting)
6. I (Won't Ever Let You Down)
7. Echoes of a Distant Battle
Bonustracks
8. The Man Who Never Was
9. Whichcatchewedmycuckoo
10. Swapiyayo
DISC 4 - HONOUR & BLOOD
1. The War Drags Ever on
2. When All Hell Freezes Over
3. Honour and Blood
4. Chain of Fools
5. WMLA.
6. Too Tired to Wait for Love
7. Kill
Bonustrack
8. The Man Who Never Was
DISC 5 - TANK
1. Reign of Thunder
2. March on, Sons of Nippon
3. With Your Life
4. None But the Brave
5. The Enemy Below
6. Lost
7. (The Hell They Must) Suffer
8. It Fell from the Sky
DISC 6 - RETURN OF A FILTH HOUND LIVE
1. This Means War
2. Echoes of a Distant Battle
3. TWDAMO.
4. And Then We Heard the Thunder
5. Don't Walk Away
6. Honour and Blood
7. Power of the Hunter
8. Shellshock
Bonustrack
9. In the Last Hours Before Dawn
10. And Then We Heard the Thunder
DISC 7 - WAR OF ATTRITION LIVE 1981
1. Shellshock
2. Steepin' on a Landmine
3. Blood, Guts and Beer
4. Run Like Hell
5. Don't Walk Away
6. Filth Hounds of Hades
7. Stormtrooper
8. The Snake
Bonustrack
9. Shellshock (Demo)
10. Run Like Hell (Demo)
11. Blood, Guts and Beer (Demo)
12. Hammer on (Radio Session)
13. Don't Walk Away (Radio Session)
14. Heavy Artillery (Radio Session)
15. TWDAMO(Live at Parkpop, Holland, 06/04/1982)
16. Blood, Guts and Beer (Live at Parkpop, Holland, 06/04/1982)
17. Too Tired to Wait for Love (Demo)
18. Man Who Never Was (Demo)
DISC 8 - STILL AT WAR
1. Still at War
2. TGNID.
3. Light the Fire (Watch 'Em Burn)
4. The World Awaits
5. And Then We Heard the Thunder
6. In the Last Hours Before Dawn
7. Conspiracy of Hate
8. When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted
9. Return of the Filth Hounds
10. The Blood's Still on Their Hands
11. The Fear Inside
Bonustracks
12. C-Ing Dub-All
13. Still at War (Single Mix)



Tank (UK) : War Machine


War Machine

CD, 25 October 2010 - Rising Sun Productions

1. Judgement Day
2. Feast of the Devil
3. Phoenix Rising
4. War Machine
5. Great Expectations
6. After All
7. The Last Laugh
8. World Without Pity
9. My Insanity




Tank (UK) : War Nation


War Nation

CD, 04 June 2012 - Metal Mind Productions

1. War Nation
2. Song for the Dead
3. Justice for All
4. Don't Dream in the Dark
5. Grace of God
6. Wings of Heaven
7. Hammer and Nails
8. One Good Reason
9. State of the Union
10. W.M.L.A.




Tank (UK) : Breath of the Pit


Breath of the Pit

CD, 03 June 2013 - Southworld

1. Breath of the Pit
2. T-34
3. Kill or Be Killed
4. Healing the Wounds of War
5. Stalingrad (Time Is Blood)
6. Victim
7. Crawl Back into Your Hole
8. Retribution
9. Conflict Primeval
10. Circle of Willis


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