Ahhh, Tankard. I am amazed you are still around after 30 years of writing songs about beer. Who ever thought it would last this long? German Thrash, an almost entirely serious genre (see Kreator, Destruction, etc.), yet Tankard has survived and even thrived. When I think of the lighter side of Thrash, it usually goes to the American way of doing things (see early Anthrax, early Exodus). The band is back with album number 15, and if you are familiar with Tankard at all, you know exactly what you are going to get.
Tankard is a lot like some other bands who have been around for a long time and have honed their sound, releasing album after album, executing their game plan perfectly (AC/DC, Motorhead, Anvil). They have a sound and stick to it. Tankard’s MO is fast, simplistic Thrash, lyrics about alcohol and metal, and the occasional social/political song. Vocalist Andreas Geremia and bass player Frank Torwarth are the core of the band, having been part of the inception. Andreas’ vocals really haven’t changed much over the years and are essentially the defining sound of the band.
For a thrash band, they certainly aren’t spectacular, nor are they bottom dwellers – just kind of blue collar, grind it out metal. I have never been a big fan of the band, but I am familiar with a bit of their catalog. Here on A Girl Called Cerveza, they churn out much of the same stuff, not really expanding the genre much – but I don’t think that is what they are out to do. Tankard are the proto-typical party Thrash band. At times they evoke an Overkill vibe, particularly with the bass playing and tone.
A song by song recap isn’t necessary here, as a lot of it starts to get lost – kind of a “which song was that again?” situation. There are, however, some standout tracks by the band. Album opener, Rapid Fire (A Tyrant’s Elegy) – a song apparently about Middle Eastern dictators, Witch Hunt – a tune about Internet stalking and bullying, and Not One Day Dead (But One Day Mad). The title song isn’t too bad and The Metal Lady Boy, weirdly featuring Doro Pesch in a bit of a weird song, is somewhat memorable.
Check out their video for the title track:
Tankard aren’t doing anything earthshattering or groundbreaking here – just sticking to their guns, playing some up-tempo, German fun-time Thrash. If that is your thing, I can confidently recommend A Girl Called Cerveza.
I hear the sound in a METAL way.