Tank – The Filth Hounds Of Hades: Dogs Of War (1981-2002) box set

Tank – The Filth Hounds Of Hades: Dogs Of War (1981-2002) box set (2007, Metal Mind)

Albums included:
Filth Hounds Of Hades (1982)
Power Of The Hunter (1982)
This Means War (1983)
Honour & Blood (1985)
Tank (1987)
The Return Of The Filth Hounds Live (1998)
War Of Attrition Live 1981 (2001)
Still At War (2002)
Live Bootleg DVD

Tank official website
Tank MySpace page
Metal Mind Productions

The Music:
Tank is one of the legendary Metal bands to come out of England in the early ’80s during the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement of 1979-1983. Their music has been compared to that of the legendary Motorhead but with a little more Punk thrown in for good measure. All of Tank’s classic studio albums are here, including their “reunion” record STILL AT WAR (2002), and both live albums. Each CD has all the classic songs plus bonus tracks that were either B-sides, non-LP tracks, or Japanese bonuses. Honestly, to capture all of these songs on one set is an amazing feat! Add to that a DVD of live performances spanning Tank’s long career.

The Package:
All the albums are remastered using 24-bit technology ion a gold CD. Each individual album is a gatefold digipak encased in a black sleeve box (see picture above). The thick 60 page booklet has tons of pictures, lyrics, liner notes, notes from the band, Tank biography, and discography information. As with all Metal Mind reissues, this is a limited edition set and it is numbered up to 1000.

Bottom Line:
I’ve had this set for at least a couple of months and it has taken exactly that long to listen to each album fully and enjoy some Tank! I had a couple Tank albums already (THIS MEANS WAR and HONOUR & BLOOD) so I was a little familiar with the Tank catalog. What makes this set is that everything is here in one package: all the albums, all the bonuses, and a solid booklet. Albums that I could never find in a record store, or pay top dollar for online, are all neatly remastered and packaged together. Well worth the $125 to $150 retail I’ve seen this go for depending on the place you find it. If you are a fan of Tank or of NWOBHM, then this is an essential box set. I enjoyed listening to all the Tank material I had never heard, especially the bonuses. What also makes this special is that the band got involved and put in their input to make this box set special. Kudos to Metal Mind for another job well done! 

Current Playlist

The CDs are piling up but I’ve been under the weather with allergies and the flu so Music hasn’t been the priority. I have listened to a few CDs lately, mostly stuff that has been in rotation for a few weeks…..

Tank – The Filth Hounds Of Hades: Dogs Of War (1981-2002) box set (2007): This has been an exciting box set for me. I’m a huge New Wave Of British Heavy Metal fan and I only had a few Tank albums to my collection. All six Tank studio records are here, plus two live albums, and a live DVD. This has been taking up much time because I want to review it…..eventually!

After Forever – s/t (2007): I’m still enjoying this album even after close to three months. I enjoy the epic/symphonic/gothic Metal with the clean female vocals and death style male growls. I’m going to have to track down the rest of the band’s catalog.

Night Sun – Mournin’ (1972): I’d better spin this after all the hassle I had with it — hadit, lost it, searched for it, gave up, and then got it in the mail so I never had it to begin with. The mind plays tricks! I will eventually write this one up too.

Iron Maiden – (all Bruce era albums): Just ordered my Maiden tickets for June at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA so I am really on a Maiden kick. Last month, I was spinning a lot of D’ianno & Blaze Bayley albums to mix it up but it’s all about Bruce now. The focus has been on NUMBER OF THE BEAST thru FEAR OF THE DARK but I have also revisited all the current albums too. Up the Irons!

Helix – The Power Of Rock And Roll (2007): I missed this album in 2007 but I bought it at the beginning of 2008. Straight up Hard Rock that would easily have made my Top 15 of 2007 if I bought it in 2007. If I expanded to a Top 20 or 25, this would be in there.

Sebastian Bach – Angel Down (2007): This CD made the 5 Worst Albums of 2007 and I wanted to go back and give a fresh listen. I’m still not digging the down-tuned production and growling vocals but I have found more to like than I did originally. I stand by my ranking though, it’s still a major disappointment.

Journey – Arrival (2000): This was Journey’s comeback record with Steve Augeri (ex-Tall Stories) at the mic and Deen Castronovo (ex-Wild Dogs) on drums. Probably one of the most underrated records of 2000, this is a perfect slab of AOR and sits nicely with all the classic Steve Perry era albums. I saw the tour that summer…..excellent.

Black Tide – Light From Above (2008): Put these guys in with Airbourne and Endeverafter as true leaders of the next wave of good Hard Rock & Metal. I admit that I was surprised at how good this record was coming from a brand new band. Review this week!

Avantasia – The Scarecrow (2008): Tobias Sammet really puts together solid albums for Edguy and Avantasia is a solid side project that has taken a life of it’s own three albums in. There’s a lot to listen to hear but the Alice Cooper track is my favorite so far.

The Bangkok Five – We Love What Kills Us (2008): I got sent a promo CDR of this forthcoming album and I listened to it all day yesterday so I could write a review. It’s only five songs, so it’s more like an E.P. instead of a full-length LP. I listened over and over again but my initial reaction to it hasn’t been good. Not my style but kids that enjoy current popular Rock trends might like it.

What I just got in the mail – Tank box set!

Just when I thought I was finally back on track with listening to music and writing reviews, something always happens. This time it’s what I just received in today’s mail:

Tank box set (2007)

Tank – The Filth Hounds Of Hades: Dogs Of War (1981-2002) box set – (2007)

This is one big box set: all Tank’s albums (8) remastered in digipaks with bonus tracks, Live Bootleg DVD, 60 page booklet and limited edition to 1000 copies.

A big thanks to Clint over at MVD Audio/Visual for getting me on the list to review this massive set from Metal Mind Productions.

Now I have to set some time aside to get through this and I still haven’t listened to the new CDs I’ve bought lately! Look for a review…..well, eventually!

For more info: Tank & Metal Mind