“Yorkshire-based band M.B.T. have been thrashing out ballsy, no-holds-barred groove metal for the last few years, fuelled by a desire to melt faces and start mosh pits, a love of Pantera, Alice in Chains, Down, and pretty much any other downtuned raging metal that provides the perfect soundtrack for drinking and rocking out under a hot desert sun (despite the notable lack of hot desert suns in Wakefield).
For the first few years of their career, the band’s initials stood for Mississippi Burning Trial, to reflect the Southern influence on their music. However, some unwanted association with white power bands led them to change it to Main Battle Tank. After years of work, the newly christened band have released their self-titled debut album. And it rocks with the aggression and power indicated by their namesake.
Starting with a 47-second instrumental introduction, the band build up anticipation before releasing it all in the fantastically unsubtle ‘M.B.T’. Featuring gang vocal shout”
FDuggan reviews M.B.T pt.1
“...of the band’s name over a pounding, relentless drum beat, grinding distorted guitars, and thundering bass, it’s everything you’d want out of a groove metal album, and the perfect introduction to the band’s style.
Sections of tracks like ‘Erase All’ show that the band aren’t afraid to take time out from constant blistering metal. The midsection of this features whispered vocals, gentle drumming and even a clean guitar sound, for god’s sake. Of course it’s all a build-up to a wildly loud screamed outro, but M.B.T.’s skill with contrast between heavy and subdued sections makes them stand out from a lot of the other bands of this genre.
‘Brothers To The End’ takes influence from the Southern rock loved by the band. While the verses still churn along as usual, the chorus features half-time drumming and vocal harmonies, it seems tailor made for a crowd to shout along to.
The album’s closing track, ‘Crucifixion’, brings proceedings to a close in the usual M.B.”
FDuggan reviews M.B.T pt 2
“... The guitar and bass riffs are low, distorted and heavy, the drums pound out a beat you can’t help but feel the need to mosh along to, and the vocals are delivered relentlessly, switching between a sandpapery growl and a throat-shredding scream. Once it fades out, you’re left wanting more. It’s an album that demands to be played again, so every lyric can be burned into your brain, so your neck can ache from all the headbanging you’ve done while playing its ten tracks at maximum volume.
Main Battle Tank have delivered a stunning debut album, more polished and technical than their earlier work but still retaining the gritty edge that makes them stand out from the crowd. If you’re into groove metal, M.B.T. are a band you have to know about now, so in a few years you’ll be able say to people that you were there when it all started.”
FDuggan reviews M.B.T pt.3
“Ok, M.B.T. sounds like a dodgy government agency, but the name actually comes from an American murder case back in the sixties. Kind of sets a certain tone and warm-hearted it ain’t.M.B.T. serve up buckets of Southern-style groove metal, desert-baked to perfection. Ok, so they’re actually five guys from Wakefield, and not some sun-soaked southern state, but who cares when they sound this good. They may eat at the same table as Down, Black Label Society and Crowbar but M.B.T manage the rare feat of serving up their own spicy blend of riff, rock and roar. Much better.Earlier this year saw M.B.T. hit the studio to record their E.P. “Hanging Tree” This includes title track “Hanging Tree,” a dirty grit-fest, spraying sweat and stuttering guitar solos. Brilliant. “6 Feet Ain’t Deep Enough” swaggers, whilst “On The Banks” is the audio equivalent of a slow spit-roast. And by that I mean the meat variety, M.B.T. - a finger lickin’, head bangin’ kind of good, just like”
The indipendant voice