It is great to see this 2 CD set finally see the light of day. I spoke with Harry Conklin after Jag Panzer’s stellar performance at the BW&BK 6 Pack Weekend in Cleveland, OH about the release. To paraphrase Conklin, the band wanted to re-record the old songs properly for release since there have been bootlegs floating around for 20 years. Considering how many bootlegs I have seen of “Ample Destruction” alone, it is good to see Jag Panzer finally release this material in a proper manner. The 20 songs encompassing this 2 CD set date back to 1983 or so leading all the way into the 1990′s. Tracks are culled from the Tyrants” EP, “Ample Destruction”, “Dissident Alliance” and the “Chain Of Command” bootleg. Hearing CD quality, cleaned-up versions of such metal classics as “Metal Melts The Ice” is a real treat for long time fans who have had to listen to either old vinyl or poor quality Reborn Records bootleg CD’s.
Believe it or not, even with a 20 song, 2 CD set, there are still some songs missing! Several tracks I would have liked to have seen make this compilation are Jag Panzer’s cover of the legendary Iron Butterfly song In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” and Dio’s “Lost Children Of The Sea”. (Fortunately, they left off their tribute to the “bought” Colorado Avalanche, go Penguins!!!)
Just like the Virgin Steele remake and reissue CD’s, “Decade Of The Nail-Spiked Bat” is an essential set for traditional US metal fans and especially for younger metal fans to better understand the roots of the genre and to hear one of the most influential American metal bands ever.