Released: 2002, Spiral Noise Records
Brazil has become quite the metal hotbed in recent years, with numerous bands appearing on the scene following in the footsteps of Sepultura and Angra. Formed in 1992, Panzer leans more to the thrashier, dirtier side of the spectrum than some of their more power metal obsessed country mates.
The first couple of songs on the disc passed me by without making much of an impact. The band’s sound is typical classic metal with crunchy riffs and growled but decipherable vocals, but nothing really sets the band apart. The first track that hit was the third song, “Affliction”. It’s got a great riff that sticks in your head. Unfortunately it’s a riff that’s already been used before by a slightly more well known band that you might have heard of, Iced Earth. The riff in question is a slightly altered version of the one used in IE’s classic “Colors”. Ah well, nothing wrong with hearing a great riff twice is there?
Another problem with the band’s sound is their lyrics, which can occasionally get, um, a little goofy. Take for example the song “Show Me!” with its repetition of “show me the money!” in its chorus. Yeah, I got those visions of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s cash-hungry football player in my head too.
On the plus side, the band does kick out some cool tunes later in the album. “Speedy” is a cool stomper, as is “Your Blood”, but really, there isn’t much on this disc that shows that the band has an identity of their own. Some more work and a few more years might see Panzer as a force, but they’re not quite there yet.