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Why Is Tankard One of the Best German Thrash Metal Bands of the 2000's and Beyond?

Updated on August 5, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

A little bit of information about the greatness of the band Tankard

German thrash metal band Tankard showed heavy metal fans that they know how to play heavy thrash metal, make it informative, and provide a huge source of entertainment in their very good 2004 album Beast of Bourbon. This band has become one of the best heavy metal bands of the decade of the 2000’s and into the 2010’s. This is in spite of the fact that Tankard is one of those very old bands having started around 1982. So why are they one of the best bands of the 2000’s and beyond? This band is more than just a band that plays groovy thrash metal. They play heavy music that is fun and entertaining.

A photo of the band Tankard

Vocalist Andreas "Gerre" Geremia is on the far left of the picture.
Vocalist Andreas "Gerre" Geremia is on the far left of the picture. | Source

The song called We Still Drink the Old Ways

The significance of the song Ice-Olation

Their 2006 album called The Beauty and the Beer is another example of really heavy thrash metal that is focused on providing heavy metal listeners an experience that they are not likely to forget. From the first song called Ice-Olation, it is clear that these guys don’t hold back on the having fun part. The song is about someone that is invited to a party and his goal is to drink and have a good time. However, the song also tries to point out that we should never leave alcohol in a freezer.

Last thoughts about the first song Ice-Olation

One final point must be made about the song Ice-olation. If you don’t use your mind, you are sure to lose the powers that you have.

The song called Ice-Olation

The Meaning Behind the Album's Cover for The Beauty and the Beer

The album’s cover is very interesting even for me. It has a photo of the character in the popular Disney cartoon The Beauty and the Beast along with a troll-like monster standing next to her. The photo totally is a match for the album title considering that the title of the album is close enough to the name of that cartoon.

The first great song on the album that is memorable: the One Called We Still Drink the Old Ways

The first song that I ever heard from this album is the song called We Still Drink the Old Ways. The song is about drinking freshly brewed beer that has no preservatives. Andreas Geremia’s voice echoes as the song ends. If you are going to have a beverage, make sure to drink beverages that are fresh.

How the rest of the album is evidence that Tankard is one of the best bands of the 2000's

The next song called Forsaken World has lyrical themes that stay away from the usual partying type. The song is about a world that is enveloped in very strong hail storms, volcanoes, and even tidal waves that threaten to wash ashore. The song called Rockstars No. 1 is about a son that is telling his father that he will live up to his true potential and become that star that attracts lots of fine women and cars. He knows that he has let his father down but he insists that he will make him proud. Then there is the song called “The Beauty and the Beast.” I am not kidding, this is actually a song that the band wrote. The song is about a very successful person that earns a good wage and he is loved by his mother in law. But as he earns this money, he spends it on partying and having fun. The next song called Blue Rage-Black Redemption is about what can happen to a person that gets involved with gangs. The band makes a reference to the social problems in Los Angeles and California. There are shouts of LA and CA in the song. The song called Metaltometal is about the power of heavy metal music to have so much influence that it becomes a way of life for the most avid music fans. One quality that’s not really present enough in Tankard’s music which I feel should be there is the addition of soft, melodic parts in songs. Metaltometal sounds like Painkiller era Judas Priest. Does anyone remember the memorable riffing of the song Metal Meltdown? That’s what this song sounds like. The song called Dirty Digger is about a billionaire tycoon that will rule the world with his vast sums of wealth or at least he is trying to. The song is a rebellion against such abuses of wealth and power. When some people have so much money and they are a billionaire they don’t know what to do with that money except bad things. Based on the lyrics, the song also brings attention to the shady things that the US government has done since the administration of Ronald Reagan. This includes trying to please Margaret Thatcher and invading Iraq in order to try and get access to cheaper oil. It seems to be all about oil doesn’t it? Sadly, this is one of the themes of US foreign policy. Overall, The Beauty and the Beer is another influential release in the history of thrash metal and I even think these guys are better than Slayer.

Final grade for the album: 95 out of 100 points.

The song called Rockstars No. 1

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The song called The Beauty and the Beast

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