Jag Panzer is an American power metal band from Colorado Springs, Colorado. They are considered to be one of the pioneers of American power metal.
Colorado natives Jag Panzer first came together in late 1981, being inspired by the onslaught of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal that had taken the Heavy Metal world by storm in the early 80s. The original line-up consisted of Harry Conklin on vocals (later nicknamed the "Tyrant", as a nod to Metal Legends Judas Priest), Mark Briody (who was the sole guitarist of the group in its first incarnation), John Tetley who played the bass, and Rick Hilyard as the drummer. The band was known as Tyrant in its first incarnation. They soon had to change their name from Tyrant, however, because another band by the name of Tyrant existed in California.
They saw a poster featuring a German WWII tank, named Jagdpanzer (literally "hunting tank" in German, but actually referring to what in English would be called a tank destroyer) which they decided ...