Panzer interview with Herman Frank
Germany has spawn a plethora of heavy bands who have remarkably influenced generations of metal artists to follow. The German Panzer is a trio super-group comprised of Marcel ‘Schmier’ Schirmer, best known as the frontman of Teutonic thrash legend Destruction, guitarist Herman Frank from heavy metal titans Accept and Victory, and drummer Stefan Schwarzmann, best known for his masterly stick 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 supergroup, the expected end result is a masterpiece! Send Them All To Hell seeks to accomplish just that!
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 onslaught of Destruction. Send Them All to Hell 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.
Metalholic’s Rustyn Rose and Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with legendary guitarist Herman Frank to get the lowdown on all things Panzer. He discusses Send Them All To Hell, songwriting, formation of super-group, future plans and much more.