This Means War (Tank album)

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This Means War
Studio album by Tank
Released June 10, 1983 (1983-06-10)
Recorded 1983
Genre Heavy metal
Length 39:59
Label Music for Nations
Producer John Verity
Tank chronology
Power of the Hunter
This Means War
Honour & Blood
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Sounds 4.5/5 stars[2]

This Means War is the third album by British heavy metal band Tank, released in 1983. On this album, the line-up expanded to a four-piece, with the addition of second guitarist Mick Tucker, former member of the NWOBHM band White Spirit. Thanks to Tucker's songwriting contributions and to the sound expanded by an extra guitar, the band changed their music in comparison with their previous albums with longer, more melodic compositions, which helped differentiate Tank from Motörhead, the band they were often compared to.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tank (A. Ward, P. Brabbs, M. Tucker, M. Brabbs).

  1. "Just Like Something from Hell" – 8:30
  2. "Hot Lead, Cold Steel" – 5:46
  3. "This Means War" – 5:18
  4. "Laughing in the Face of Death" – 5:16
  5. "(If We Go) We Go Down Fighting" – 5:26
  6. "I (Won't Ever Let You Down) – 4:40
  7. "Echoes of a Distant Battle" – 5:03

CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

Since 2007, editions of the album have been available on CD with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "The Man Who Never Was" (B-side of "Echoes of a Distant Battle" single) – 4:31
  2. "Whichcatchewedmycuckoo" (additional B-side of "Echoes of a Distant Battle" 12") – 3:20
  3. "Swapiyayo" (from French version of This Means War LP) – 1:13


  • Algy Ward – vocals, bass
  • Peter Brabbs – guitar
  • Mick Tucker – guitar
  • Mark Brabbs – drums


  • Produced By John Verity


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Bushell, Garry (25 June 1983). "Gotcha!". Sounds. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  3. ^ "This Means War reviews part 2". Official Tank Fan Club Website. Retrieved 2011-04-07.