Panzer – Send Them All to Hell
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Germany has spawned a plethora of heavy bands who have remarkably influenced generations of heavy metal to follow. The German Panzer (Panzer) is a trio super-group comprising of Schmier, best known as the frontman of thrash legend Destruction, guitarist Herman Frank from heavy metal titans Accept and Victory and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann, best known for his masterly work in Accept. The project is a brainchild of Schwarzmann which led to the three seasoned musicians sharing their musical experiences in the recently released debut studio record Send Them All To Hell. When musicians who have played across different eras of heavy metal join hands to form a super-group, the expected end result is a masterpiece! Send Them All To Hell seeks to accomplish just that!
The album is an odyssey of power and seasoned musicality which commences with “Death Knell”, one of the finest songs on the record. ”Death Knell”, as the name implies, is a musical rendition of unapologetic ferocity! The undeniably powerful riffage and certain surprise elements in the vocals speak volumes of the monstrous potential the band holds. “Death Knell” is the perfect opening track which gives a glimpse of the absolute assault the rest of the album has in store!
The upbeat heaviness and anger continues in “Hail and Kill”. By the end of the second song, sheer aggressive energy and a strong thought process has already been established! “Temple of Doom”, contrary to what the name suggests, features some noteworthy fierce guitars and speaks of Panzer’s vehement approach of self-assertion.
The namesake track, “Panzer” is slower than the rest of the songs and is one of the best songs on the record. As Frank shared in our recent interview, it was the last song written for the record. Despite the fact that it approaches a medium pace, the rich heaviness is never compromised. “Panzer” is a straightforward track with volumes of intensity. The song is rendered memorable by the rather ‘marching’ approach with pounding grooves, awe-inspiring vocals, blistering guitars and a noteworthy chorus. Such dimensions make the song stand out among the rest of the album which tends to adopt the essence of classic metal. The song also establishes a rather melancholic atmosphere. “Panzer” is the result of rich and diverse influences drawn into the band which extend beyond the boundaries of classic metal.
“Freakshow” is an onslaught of phenomenal guitars and drumming, reminiscent of the glory and straightforward ferocity of thrash! On the other hand, “Why” puts forth unconventional qualities such as a reduced tempo and a theatrical or narrative aspect. “Why” is certainly a bold attempt and a splendid execution of musical versatility which pushes the limits attached to sub-genres of heavy metal.
Panzer has been named after fearsome war machinery, and the debut album is laced around lyrical themes which boldly criticize and assert! This musical adventure is an assimilation of ferocity, variety and musicality of the top order! The overall impact of the album is more aggressive than the classic metal attributes of Accept and more melodic than the straightforward aggression of Destruction. The album showcases a good deal of variety and seems to have drawn a slew of influences ranging from the classic metal sensibilities of Accept and Judas Priest to elements reminiscent of Motorhead. Panzer is definitely a band to watch out for!
by Owais Vitek Nabi and Debbie Das