|I'm a bit at a loss as to whether I should call this instrumental four piece a doom/drone or a stoner/drone outfit. Tank86 is undeniably a partially doom band but the stoner elements equally populate the band's music. The drone label is also a must, of sorts, as Tank 86 fits squarely in the same vein as bands like 5ive and Pelican.|
However one would label them genre-wise, there is no disputing that this is one loud ensemble. Groove and heaviness are given equal weight and somehow the band manages to combine monotony with a nose for the catchy, the inventive, and the headbanging friendly. The appeal of Tank86 is definitely more basic than just that of their soundscapes. The band boasts of having played about fifty gigs in 2008 and what live shows they must have been! I'm guessing that 'headbangers ball' might be an apt description.
I honestly thought that after Pelican's "classic" worthy debut that no band could repeat that kind of success; then along comes two bands that push things a few steps higher. The first band is Mills of God while the second spot, to these ears, can deservedly be awarded to Tank86. This is one outfit that I intend to keep following. Highly recommended for fans of heavy stoner, riffing drone or loud instrumental soundscapes.
Duration : Approx. 27 minutes.
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