British rock legends Tank return with the highly anticipated follow up to their 2010 album “War Machine”.
Guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans, vocalist Doogie White and bassist Chris Dale are now joined by former Tank member Steve Hopgood on drums. Their new material entitled “War Nation” is scheduled for release on June, 4th in Europe and June, 5th in USA (via MVD) and today the band reveal the first track from the album. You can listen to “Don’t Dream In The Dark” below!
Cliff Evans describe the new album, “As with our ‘War Machine album, ‘War Nation’ will include a variety of different influences and styles. With a wealth of musical ability to draw from, we don’t like to limit ourselves. Individually we’ve worked with names such as Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Paul D’anno and Yngwie Malmsteen. So many bands release albums now where once you’ve listened to the first two songs you’ve heard the whole album. Not with Tank. Each song that makes it onto our album has to deserve it. Our standards are high.” Doogie White continues, “With songs like ‘Justice for All’ and ‘Grace of God’ we are upgrading the TANK sound while retaining all the elements that made ‘War Machine’ so successful. There are killer riffs and haunting melodies and lyrics that you can take from, what you want, or indeed what you need.”
The final, improved tracklist of “War Nation” will include the following songs:
1. War Nation
2. Song For The Dead
3. Hammer And Nails
4. Don’t Dream In The Dark
5. Grace Of God
7. Justice For All
8. Wings Of Heaven
9. State Of The Union
10. Hard Road
Cliff Evans explains the changed order of the songs: “We have changed the running order of the tracks. After we finished mixing, the songs now make a stronger album in this order.”
Apart from the new album, TANK will also release their first ever live DVD later this year. Recordings were made while opening for Judas Priest in 2011 and during the bands show at Stodola Club, Warsaw on March 9th 2012. The set list will include fan favourites such as ‘This Means War’ ‘Echoes of a Distant Battle’ ‘Power of the Hunter’ and ‘ The War Drags Ever On’ plus future classics such as ‘Judgement Day’ and ‘Phoenix Rising’.