Filth Hounds of Hades

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Filth Hounds of Hades
Filth Hounds of Hades.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1982
RecordedDecember 1981–January 1982
StudioRamport Studios, London
GenreHeavy metal, punk rock, speed metal
LabelKamaflage (UK), Attic (Canada)
ProducerEddie Clarke
Tank chronology
Filth Hounds of Hades
Power of the Hunter
Singles from Filth Hounds of Hades
  1. "Turn Your Head Around" / "Steppin' on a Landmine"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]

Filth Hounds of Hades is the debut studio album by heavy metal band Tank, released in March 1982 on the Kamaflage label.

The album was produced by "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead, and recorded between December 1981 and January 1982 at Ramport Studios in London. The Canadian pressing on Attic Records had an alternate blue cover with the dogs in maroon and with a different logo.

The title came from Viv Stanshall's Sir Henry at Rawlinson End, originally a radio series recorded for the John Peel show in 1975, and later a 1978 album and 1980 film:

"Filth hounds of Hades!: Sir Henry Rawlinson surfaced from the blackness, hot and fidgety, fuss, bother and itch, conscious mind coming up too fast for the bends, through pack-ice thrubbing seas, boom-sounders, blow-holes, harsh-croak Blind Pews tip-tap-tocking for escape from his pressing skull...."

In an interview with Sounds, drummer Mark Brabbs said that "It came from Viv Stanshall's book and it just sounded apt 'cos we all like his humour. It just seemed to describe the sort of people who came to see us when we first started they were the same as us, just having a party, starting drinking each day at lunchtime, so it seemed apt, 'cos we called them The Filth even then, though not in a derogatory way!"[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Tank

Side one
  1. "Shellshock" – 3:10
  2. "Struck by Lightning" – 3:10
  3. "Run Like Hell" – 3:40
  4. "Blood, Guts, and Beer" – 3:42
  5. "That What Dreams Are Made Of" – 5:32
Side two
  1. "Turn Your Head Around" – 3:25
  2. "Heavy Artillery" – 3:28
  3. "Who Needs Love Songs" – 3:06
  4. "Filth Hounds of Hades" – 3:56
  5. "(He Fell in Love with a) Stormtrooper" – 5:17

Initial copies of the album came with a free 7":

  1. "Don't Walk Away" (live)
  2. "The Snake"


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


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Tank - Filth Hounds of Hades review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-11-26.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 350. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ Sounds. 1982-09-25. Missing or empty |title= (help)