JAG PANZER – The Deviant Chord

JAG PANZER - The Deviant Chord
  • 6/10
    JAG PANZER - The Deviant Chord - 6/10


Steamhammer / SPV
Release date: October 16, 2017

User Review
8.67/10 (3 votes)

Despite having its share of ups and downs over the years, Jag Panzer is still around to kick ass and play Metal. The veteran act has managed to survive a long string of lineup changes and stylistic deviations and has finally found a spot to live and grow old deep in the hearts of Traditional Metal fans. The Deviant Chord leans heavily towards the Power Metal side of Jag Panzer, with only a few hints and suggestions towards Panzer’s more Thrash rooted past. That being said, this is a fine Classic Power Metal release. Shredder Joey Tafolla is back in the band and his signature brand of fat, speedy lead work is a nice top coat to an already strong collection of songs.

Harry Conklin’s vocal arrangements are another highlight of the album, with a number of thick vocal harmonies presenting themselves across several tracks, most notably on “Far Beyond All Fear” and “Divine Intervention”. Generally speaking, the performances, both vocal and instrumental, are excellent.

One downside to this release is the mix. It’s a bit on the choked side and lacks the details and edginess that we’ve come to expect from modern metal releases. The result of this is that The Deviant Chord has a slightly dated sound to it. This won’t necessarily be a turn-off for everyone, but it will make this album a bit underwhelming when compared to new releases from Jag Panzer’s peers. There is also a noticeable lack of diversity among the songs. A deeper exploration of the band’s past might have made for a more varied and interesting release. This is still a solid album, regardless of those shortcomings.



  • Maxxxwell Carlisle

    Maxxxwell was a reviewer and the host of The Maxed Out Metal Hour here on Metal Express Radio. He is the current lead guitarist for LA based metal veterans Hellion. In addition to his ongoing role in Hellion, he has also released 5 albums as a solo artist and appeared as a guest writer and soloist on Michael Angelo Batio's Intermezzo album, named one of the Top 5 shred albums of 2014 by Guitar World Magazine. He continues to collaborate with various Metal musicians and teaches guitar technique and Metal composition via Skype. Additionally, he is a former competitive bodybuilder and enjoys a lifestyle based around health, fitness and Metal.

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