TANKARD
Thrash Metal • Germany

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Tankard is a german Thrash Metal band founded in 1982. Inventors of the "Alcoholic Metal"-genre. The band chose their name after looking through a dictonary and seeing a word defined as "beer mug".

Tankard were formed by three classmates, Andreas "Gerre" Geremia, Axel Katzmann and Frank Thorwarth. At the time, the band was known as Vortex and Avenger until the current name of Tankard was discovered by the band in a dictionary. Their first song written was called "Ray Death", a song about nuclear war and their first gig was played in a local classroom in 1983. As the band were not permitted to drink alcohol in the school, they smuggled their beer in with milk cartons. Soon after, band member Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him "hanging around with a bunch of drunks" and was replaced by Andy Bulgaropulos.

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.. Album Cover 3.33 | 3 ratings
Zombie Attack
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 4.67 | 7 ratings
Chemical Invasion
Thrash Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
The Morning After
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 5 ratings
The Meaning of Life
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stone Cold Sober
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
Two-Faced
Thrash Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tankard
Thrash Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Disco Destroyer
Thrash Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Kings of Beer
Thrash Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
B-Day
Thrash Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Beast of Bourbon
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Beauty and the Beer
Thrash Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thirst
Thrash Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.48 | 2 ratings
Vol(l)ume 14
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Girl Called Cerveza
Thrash Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
R.I.B.
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
One Foot in the Grave
Thrash Metal 2017

TANKARD EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Alien
Thrash Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doomsday News III - Thrashing East Live
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Schwarz-weiß wie Schnee...
Thrash Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Girl Called Cerveza - Live / Among The Dead
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Destruction / Tankard
Thrash Metal 2014

TANKARD live albums

.. Album Cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Fat... Ugly & Live
Thrash Metal 1991

TANKARD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Heavy Metal Vanguard
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alcoholic Metal
Thrash Metal 1985
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tankard / Celtic Frost
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Teutonic 4
Thrash Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Big Teutonic 4 - Part II
Thrash Metal 2015

TANKARD re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hair of the Dog
Thrash Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chemical Invasion / Zombie Attack
Thrash Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Case Scenario: 25 Years in Beers
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alcoholic Metal Since 1982
Thrash Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alcoholic Metal
Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oldies & Goldies - The Very Best of the Noise Years 1986-1995
Thrash Metal 2016

TANKARD singles (3)

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Stone Cold Sober
Thrash Metal 1992
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Ich brauch meinen Suff
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fooled by Your Guts
Thrash Metal 2014

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Open All Night
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover
4.50 | 1 ratings
Fat, Ugly and Still (A)live
Thrash Metal 2005
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Open All Night - Reloaded
Thrash Metal 2009

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TANKARD One Foot in the Grave

Album · 2017 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
Back in 1982, four longhaired metal maniacs from Frankfurt, Germany, decided to found a band, and as they weren’t going to be around for very long they also created a new form of music, Alcoholic Metal! Some thirty-five years later they are still going strong, and kicking up a storm with thrash metal, and have just released their seventeenth studio album. Unlike some, the line-up has been incredibly stable, with singer Gerre and bassist Frank Thorwarth there since the beginning, drummer Olaf Zissel since 1994, and guitarist Andy Gutjahr since 1998, and they’re not showing any sign of slowing down yet.

It is easy to dismiss Tankard as a comedy act, because of their innate sense of humour, and fondness of beer, but behind all that there is a band here that know what they’re doing, and see no point in changing now. This is thrash metal that could have come out of the scene back when it was starting, furious and over the top with riffing guitars and a drummer that refuses to quit, and vocals that are gruff and totally fitting. True, there aren’t many blistering guitar solos, but they have a style that has worked for them for a very long time, so why change it now?

If you have never partaken of the joys of Tankard, yet enjoy thrash, then now could not be a better time to put aside any preconceived ideas and raise a glass.

TANKARD Heavy Metal Vanguard

Demo · 1984 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Heavy Metal Vanguard" is the debut demo cassette tape by German kings of alcohol themed thrash metal Tankard. The demo was self-released in 1984. Tankard was formed in 1982 and went under the Vortex and the Avenger monickers in the early years before switching name to Tankard (German for "beer mug").

"Heavy Metal Vanguard" features 8 tracks and a full playing time of 30:54 minutes, so there is a good amount of material to listen to and judge by (if you were a label in those days). Stylistically the music on the demo is actually a bit surprising to me as I only know Tankard as a thrash/heavy metal act, but here they play some pretty aggressive hardcore punk with some heavy metal leanings. The trademark alcohol theme is already in place though (they´ve even dedicated a full track to it titled "Alcohol") and lyric wise they definitely belong in the metal camp rather than in the generally more politically motivated hardcore ditto. This is all fun and games and most tracks are about love for heavy metal ("Incredible Loudness", "Heavy Metal"), alcohol and typical death/destruction themes too ("Arson", "Mercenary").

Considering that "Heavy Metal Vanguard" is the band´s debut release, it´s quite a strong release, and although Tankard would develop their style greatly before the release of their debut full-length studio album "Zombie Attack (1986)", there are enough of the band´s trademark elements present on this demo to unmistakably make it sound like Tankard. The sound production is very raw and more or less sounds like it was recorded live in the studio, but the raw quality of the recordings suits the aggressive hardcore punk tracks well. A 3 star (60%) rating isn´t completely unfair.

TANKARD Vol(l)ume 14

Album · 2010 · Thrash Metal
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Time Signature
Metal warp...

Genre: beer thrash

Thrash and beer. Beer and thrash. Together they give birth to Tankard, Germany's - hell, the world's - number one beer-guzzling gut-flabbing thrash metal band.

On this their 14th album, there are not a lot of music innovations, maybe except slower tempos and more melody, but with Tankard, we don't want innovation or anything like that, we just want metal thrashing fun by musicians who know what they are doing.

And metal thrashing fun is what "Vol(l)ume 14" offers. Musically, it's thrash metal - end of story. Lyrically, the songs, true to the Universe of Tankard, touch bizarre and almost surreal typics like sniping you alter ego after a time travel gone wrong, being subjected to super effective hypno-therapeutic overweight treatment,b speed metal dating, satanic brain piercings (of death!) and of course beer-guzzling. There are also the obligatory songs about social injustice, the power of the media and so on.

My favorite tracks are "Time Warp", "Somewhere in Nowhere", "Condemnation" and "Brain Piercing öf Death", which I think is nothing less than a stroke of drunken genius!

Cheers!

Burp!

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