Final Breath aren't one of the better-known bands in Western Europe's metal scene, but the German headbangers have been around since 1993 and have made some decent, if derivative, contributions to thrash metal and death metal. Let Me Be Your Tank won't go down in history as the most original album of 2005, but it's a worthwhile effort that recalls a time when '80s thrash was giving way to early death metal. Slayer are a major influence on this album; Final Breath's 2005 participants -- Jürgen "Eumel" Aumann on lead vocals, Jörg Breitenback on lead guitar, Werner "Space" Müller on rhythm guitar, and Heiko Krumpholz on drums -- sound like they have spent a lot of time listening to Hell Awaits and South of Heaven, which were among the highly influential thrash/death metal classics that Slayer provided in the '80s. And the other notable influences on this CD include Death, Dark Angel, and Testament (with traces of a Scandinavian death metal sound at times). The intense, high-speed, mosh pit-friendly attack that occurs on Let Me Be Your Tank is blistering and undeniably heavy, although not quite as overwhelming as Slayer at their most claustrophobic -- and in terms of harshness, Final Breath aren't as much of a kick in the head as some of the totally unforgiving metalcore bands that were around in the mid-2000s. Nonetheless, this album does pack a brutal punch. Let Me Be Your Tank falls short of remarkable, but again, it's a decent effort -- one that won't win any awards for being distinctive or groundbreaking but is still worth hearing if you hold old-school thrash and early death metal in equally high regard.