JAG PANZER – THE SCOURGE OF THE LIGHT

Released February 28th 2011 on SPV Records

After thirty years, Jag Panzer are still very much a cult name in metal circles.  Their debut “Ample Destruction” put them on the map as a force to be reckoned with but even though they followed it up with classics such as “Thane To The Throne”, the band is probably best known for providing Megadeth with Chris Broderick, an injustice if ever there was one!

Jag Panzer is refreshingly gimmick free. It’s about the music, not about dressing up as pirates or plastic viking drinking horns. This new album, their ninth studio effort (tenth if you include “Decade Of The Nail Spiked Bat”) is a classic slab of US power metal.

This album is filled to the brim with real power metal, a trade Jag Panzer has been plying for decades. Make no mistake; this isn’t the sissy 21st century variant that is so popular nowadays.  From the opening blast of “Condemned To Fight” it’s obvious Jag Panzer are once again not taking any prisoners. Check out well crafted tracks like “Bringing On The End” or “Burn” for further proof of the band’s credentials. Or what about the gloriously old school “Let It Out”?  New boy Christian Lasegue is more than up to the daunting task of replacing Broderick.  Singer Harry Conklin is a pillar of the band’s sound. An acquired taste maybe? 

Production could have been somewhat better. It’ not bad at all, but the devil is in the details. I suppose in these days of dwindling sales and budgets we’ll have to get used to it.

After thirty years, Jag Panzer are still very much a cult name in metal circles. And that’s a damn shame.

Rating – 93%
Review by Sancho

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