Tankard – For a Thousand Beers Review

Ah, I have the best job in the world. Enjoy myself, have a great time, and also receive the best Metal albums ever. It’s been a while I was expecting the chance to review this band which is a Metal legend. A band that some fans may not know but it’s one of the most important Thrash Metal bands and one of the most important bands of the Teotonic invasion that took the world in the beginning of the 1980s. Besides beings one of the bands that really shapped Thrash Metal, Tankard were also lots of fun with their open and cheerful albums almost always about one of the most iconic Heavy Metal symbols: the beer. Tankard had no shame at all to showcase their love for the golden drink of the gods – well, not always golden, but also red, black, and pale. If my dear fan take a look in the band’s discography it will easy to notice this I’m talking about. If memory serves me right, all albums one or another are about the precious beverage. Now we have the chance thanks to one of the celebrated colections of this year BMG so proudly honored the fans with to review this precious gem. It was really the time to Tankard have this kind of homage. As usual in this collection, BMG will release six albums of Tankard. Well, the band honors beer in its name. What else would you expect?

Don’t me wrong my dear fan, “Chemical Invasion” is from 1987 an incredible year for Thrash. No, it’s not modern though it still sounds as if it were recorded yesterday. That’s the impressive thing classic bands have to offer. Their ability to never get old even though the years go by. The only thing that maybe the fan will notice is that “Chemical Invasion” has many Hardcore features – a staple of pioneer Thrash Metal bands. Go straight ahead to “(Empty) Tankard” and the fan will get what I’m saying witht eh striking and flaming guitar riffing with an insane drumming and crazed vocals. The wild rhythm and cadence may let the unadvised fan a little dizzy and make one spill the beer. A thing that we do not, I repeat, we do not advise to do. “We need another beer!” The album is fast and furious, but not that furious to make the fan spill one’s beer. No, sir, that would be unforgivable. Tankard here show that a Metal band can be seriuos about their music but be still fun.

I have a story with Tankard as well. I didn’t discovered it in my teens when Thrash Metal was the real thing. I ran into them many years later when I used to download albums via eMule – do you remember eMule, my dear fan? It was love at first sight. Or sip. Funny thing is that I’m not really a beer lover. Yeah, right. I mean it. But I do know and share the love Metal fans have for it and its relevance to Metal Music. Chains, leather, and beer. The most iconic staplers of Metal. Skol!

Tankard “For a Thousand Beers” will ber released on February 25th via BMG.

Track Listing:

  1. Intro
  2. Total Addiction
  3. Tantrun
  4. Don’t Panic
  5. Puke
  6. For a Thousand Beers
  7. Chemical Invasion
  8. Farewell to a Slut
  9. Traitor
  10. Alcohol
  11. Outro

Watch “For a Thousand Beers” official video here: