Every Friday, Waldo the African Grey Parrot, frontbird of thrash-grind immortals Hatebeak, will get you caught up on the week’s latest “extreme” releases. As the end of the year swiftly approaches, record labels tend to slow down the releases. The rest of this year looks blanker than my body after a good molt. Good time to start my column, eh Decibel?
A new full-length by Tank?!?! This dinosaur hasn’t been spotted since the late Triassic period. Entitled War Machine, this platter does not disappoint. Brief and to the point, Tank break no new ground, but their familiarity is where one will also find comfort. Although founding member Algy Ward (former Damned member) has been gone for a few years, ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White does a passable job. Good production has given Tank a little length of the bone, but they are still not two steps away from the band they were almost 30 years ago, which in this case is a good thing.
Finnish gothsters H.I.M. release the utterly horrible and banal remix album SWRMXS. Remixed versions of the tracks on Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice Chapters 1-13. I’m not sure if this qualifies as metal, technically, but it does qualify as complete and utter crap. Bland and worthless, but the singer is a pretty hot chick.
And since there’s not much else going on, I’d like to put the spotlight on Metal Mind Productions from Poland. This week features re-releases from Dew-Scented, almost every record as a matter of fact, Hollow’s Architect of the Mind/Modern Cathedral, Stormwitch’s Witchcraft, De Infernali’s Symphonia De Infernali and two reissues by Disbelief. Dust off your denim jackets and give kudos to MMP for keeping most of this stuff alive and kicking. Not too many people doing that these days.