Label: Nuclear Blast Records
When I heard that Herman Frank and Stephan Schwarzmann of Accept were teaming up with Destruction frontman Schmier to form a heavy metal outfit called Panzer I was very interested to say the least.
After hearing a few of the tracks that were released online to promote the band I was left with some mixed feelings. The music was ok but the vocals seemed like they didn’t fit with the songs very well so at that point I was a little worried about what was going to be offered by our Teutonic friends. Well, luckily ‘Send Them All to Hell’ is an album whose strength, and a few weaknesses, comes from the sum of all its parts and not just those few tracks we got to listen to on Youtube.
The album opens with the track ‘Death Knell’ and whatever doubts I had about Schmier’s vocals from early previews disappeared as his voice on this track alone gives Panzer a razor edge bite and attitude that every good metal band needs. As the album plays on I found myself really enjoying Schmier’s vocals more and more. Also, I would like to point out the exceptional guitar work of Herman Frank displayed on the album. Much of ‘Send Them All To Hell’ is a sonic metal assault with Frank dishing out some killer guitar riffs but on a few tracks he sneaks in some very crafty solos and lead work like on the track, ‘Virtual Collision’ which really showcases his talent and shows the man can craft some refined sounding guitar work.
One the weak side, there are a few tracks in the middle of the album that kind of just seem like filler to me and never really do much. Other than that though I was pleasantly surprised by Panzer’s ‘Send Them All To Hell’. It is a straight forward metal album that isn’t going to re-invent the metal wheel but it isn’t going to bore you either and it has some tunes on it that can really get your blood pumping. It is also nice to see some of the members of Accept be able to go out and flex their creative wings a bit and give the metal community a solid metal offering.
If you are looking for a solid metal album that delivers the metal straight to your face, go get ‘Send Them Straight To Hell’ and you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t judge the album entirely by the Youtube promos, it is much deeper album than the promos.