PANZER BASTARD: 2006-2009: CD

A good mix of metal and hardcore. These guys could blend seamlessly into either genre and/or scene. The music definitely fits the descriptive of “brutal.” The percussion is pummeling and the guitars are this solid mass of distortion and buzz. At times, they throw in some very metal soloing, but if you can play it, play it. And they do. Not to mention, the vocalist can really bellow out the words with clarity and keep the snarl intact. This disc collects their Hell Gate EP, Bastards Die Hard EP, and their Boston 7” EP, as well as a bonus track, being a cover of “Ace of Spades.” It’s structured with the newer material coming first, then on down the line. I do think the Hell Gate material is their best yet. Could be the production. You can hear everything, and it’s so damn heavy and sonic! The Boston… EP, being their first, suffers from tinny production, but you can tell this is a band that is to be reckoned with. If you’re a fan of bands like the Victims, Mob 47, Tragedy, Inepsy, etc, then you should give these guys a listen. Fuggin’ head-crushing stuff, to say the least.

 –M.Avrg (Patac, patacrecords.com)