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Album Review

Probably best known as the band that Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick was a former member of, Jag Panzer did not let the guitarist's 2008 defection get them down, as evidenced by the release of 2011's The Scourge of the Light. In fact, if anything, it may have inspired the band to get the ball rolling once more, as their previous recording was issued nearly seven years before. Also, as heard by the fleet-fingered fretwork throughout, it turns out Broderick's replacement in the group, Christian Lasegue, can shred with the best of them. With a heavy '80s metal vibe throughout (singer Harry Conklin has obviously studied Queensrÿche's Geoff Tate, while the guitar tandem of Lasegue and Mark Briody have their Iron Maiden-isms down pat), The Scourge of the Light shouldn't let longtime Jag Panzer fans down. Case in point, such stand-out tracks as the rapid-fire album-opening "Condemned to Fight," as well as "Call to Arms" and "Overlord," while the track "Cycles" contains elements of vintage thrash metal, to boot. And borrowing a page out of the book of their aforementioned influences, the album closes with an eight-minute, slow-building epic in "The Book of Kells." Is Jag Panzer reinventing the heavy metal wheel? Not exactly. But as heard throughout The Scourge of the Light, they have certainly carved out their niche and are sticking to it.

Customer Reviews

Phenomenal!

These guys continue to put out one great album after another. As a matter of fact, I'd venture to say this is the best album in their history. Amazing vocals by Harry Conklin, one of the best singers in the metal genre. Jaw-dropping lead guitar by Christian Lasegue; this album should firmly establish him as one of the best in current, state-of the-art guitar-playing. For any fan of modern shred guitar, this is one to check out. There is not a single weak song on this disc, which points to the mature songwriting skills of the Briody/Lasegue team. The drumming of Rikard Stjernquist is really intense on this release, with break-neck speed double bass and intricate stick patterns, and the bass guitar-playing of John Tetley really comes on strong.

Metal fans, this is probably going to be the metal release of 2011, so I highly recommend you purchase this! You won't be sorry!

Biography

Formed: 1981

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A Colorado band formed in 1981, Jag Panzer's style was basic British metal influenced by bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. Originally founded by guitarist Mark Briody, bassist John Tetley, drummer Butch Carlson, and vocalist Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin, they released their debut mini-album in 1983. The band moved to Los Angeles to seek out another guitarist, settling on Joey Tafolla, who contributed a great deal to the group's most memorable material. The group's debut album, Ample Destruction,...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Mar 08, 2011

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