Jag Panzer
Ample Destruction


5.0
classic

Review

by marbledking USER (13 Reviews)
February 18th, 2014 | 11 replies | 739 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cause you 're under the knife...

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

I' m a bit surprised actually, that nobody, so far, reviewed this classic release. A release so monumental for power metal, as "Restless and wild" is, for euro power/speed. Well, i 'll make an effort, though i can't be so objective with albums i grew up with.

This is their first full length lp and unfortunately, their last for the 80's. Still it was good enough to keep their legend alive, until they returned in glory in the 90's. The line-up here is the classic one:

Harry Conklin – vocals
Mark Briody – guitar
Joey Tafolla – guitar
John Tetley – bass guitar
Rick Hilyard – drums

Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin needs no introduction, his voice and career speak for themselves. His haunting singing ability is unmatched. Briody and Tafolla, both very strong assets on guitars, also Tetley and Hilyard on the rhythm section.

So, what is so special about this? The answer comes easily. This is one of the first, US power metal releases. Jag Panzer defined the power metal sound, that so many bands adopted after them (see among others, Sanctuary, early Fates Warning, Titan Force). This mix of Iron Maiden and Metallica (or bay area thrash in general) is exactly what power metal is. The pure headbanging strength of thrash, blended with the melodies and vocal lines of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. This might seem easy nowadays, now that everyone copied everyone. Rest assured that in the time of its release, Jag Panzer was an inspiration.

All we need, from a power metal release, is present. This is an epitomy of the whole sound. Thrashing riffs, fast paced tempos, manly vocals with terrifying screams and distinct melodies. I can't find a single song that is of lesser quality. This punches you straight in the face and it's both melodic and powerful. If i have to choose some stand-out tracks, i would say "Licenced to kill", "Symphony of terror", "Generally hostile", "Reign of the tyrants", "The crucifix", are maybe the most played on metal clubs throughout the years. I have to make an extra note for "The crucifix". The Tyrant sets the bar for the heavy metal vocalists very high indeed. It's not only his vocal range, it's how he delivers his lines. He is also a bit operetic, only one who can go face to face with him is maybe "Messiah", in this type of singing.

The production is not great, but still it delivers. The only bad thing is, that this became so rare to find in the original form, that the band had to re-release it in a best-of format. Also, that its length is kinda short and we could use a bit more!

I know that, by today's standards this is not a 5/5, but i feel it deserves this, for all the influence it brought upon the scene. For some ppl, it might feel a bit rough, but this is how power metal should be played and not like a "we are all so happy" approach. Must-have 100% for (us) power metal audience and for collectors of rare metal material.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2014



5611 Comments


I was thinking of writing something about this some day, but I can probably move on now.

Great album, but I think that the first Titan Force record overshadows it.

Other than that, separate the line-up listing from the sentence above, so that the text looks better.


One correction:

ppl

people



Edit:

Oh, and wait until you previous review is removed from the front page, before posting the next one!!!

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marbledking
February 18th 2014



32 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I get too much lag everytime i try to post a review. I'll be back with some editing when the connection gets more stabilized. Peace and beer to everyone, keep up the good work in here!

warlordfun
February 18th 2014



348 Comments


Always glad to see a review for a power metal classic like this one. Props for reviewing Ample Destruction, it needed a review so badly. Cheers!

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warlordfun
February 18th 2014



348 Comments


Have a pos

dannyboy89
February 18th 2014



7654 Comments


Some tips for this and all later reviews:

-Capitalize "US" and "LP".
-Use "I" as little as possible.
-When you do use "I", capitalize it at all times.
-Also, try to use as much detail as possible in your reviews.

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titanslayer
February 18th 2014



812 Comments


I' m a bit surprised actually, that nobody, so far, reviewed this classic release.
Reads funny

manosg
February 19th 2014



4672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see this one reviewed. Keep up the good work, pos.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014



5611 Comments


The band appears to be reunited and started giving live concerts:

http://www.songkick.com/artists/229721-jag-panzer#calendar-summary


They are playing in Athens (April 23) and Thessaloniki (April 22), Greece too:

http://www.rocking.gr/agenda/2014/4/22/11976/
http://www.rockoverdose.gr/news_details.php?id=25331


manosg
February 19th 2014



4672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good news even though the admission price seems a bit steep.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2014



5611 Comments


^^Agreed.

The thing that happened with the Riot V concert in Thessaloniki, where ten metal fans put money out of their pockets to bring the band from Athens (with ticket pricing at 15 euros) needs to happen again. Ιt seems that "official" promoters are starting to get greedy again.

RoyalImperialGuard
February 19th 2014



571 Comments


Great album. M/

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