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Anti Tank Nun: Fire Follow Me

I can't quite make my mind up whether Anti Tank Nun is one of the best band names I've ever heard, or one of the worst, but either way it grabs the attention, so I suppose on that side, job done. The band themselves are formed round fifteen year old guitar prodigy Igor "Iggy" Gwadera and Acid Drinkers bassistvocalist Tomek "Titus" Pucacki, releasing Fire Follow Me, their second album after last year's Hang 'Em High. The band is completed by second guitarist Adam Bielczuk and drummer Bogumil Krakowski, with Titus going to great pains to emphasise that unlike their previous release, FFM is a collaboration between the quartet and therefore more diverse and mature. Now I haven't heard the debut Anti Tank Nun album, but it must have been pretty straight forward for this effort to be more varied, as Fire Follow Me is from start to finish a bristling, if unadventurous romp through Speed, Thrash, Trad and Euro Metal territory, seldom straying from the path marked "Bang Thy Head And Be Done With It!".

And good at it they are too, with the rhythm section locking things down in unfussy fashion, while Iggy spurts out a fine mix of riffage and solos that guitarists twice his age would struggle to master. Vocally Titus is more from the Lemmy school of gargle than he is an actual singer and while that does work well in these surrounds, a mixture of confused lyrics, song titles such "Iron Midget" or "Sake Crazy" and the odd unintelligible vocal section, leaves his performance as slightly unremarkable and forgettable. In fact, much though ATN may well be mainly his band, there's an argument that if another, more enigmatic vocalist was handling the powerful rasp of "Canal Street", surging Acceptisms of "Hanged Man's Diary" or slow paced ode to men who stand tall and proud amongst others, "That One Who's Good", that they could become anthems to gather round, rather than forgettable (with the exception of closing blast of "Killing Time") good fun. As it is and even with all of the constituent parts in place, what you are left with after you've finished with Fire Follow Me is a good album that simply fails to draw you back for more.

However taken in perspective and considering that much of what is presented here was created by a lad who should be spending his time hitting his school books rather than punishing his fretboard, it is hard not to be impressed. Not completely convinced, but impressed nonetheless.

Track Listing
1. First Spark
2. Fire Follow Me
3. Sake Crazy
4. Hurricane Kazz
5. Under the Big Black Tent
6. Iron Midget
7. Canal Street
8. Hanged Man's Diary
9. That One Who's Good…
10. Killing Times

Added: September 1st 2013
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Anti Tank Nun Online
Hits: 2035
Language: english

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