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Tankard: Vol(L)ume 14

According to the ridiculous press kit with this album, "TANKARD formed in the early '80s, virtually launching a massive wave of German thrash bands who have since become household acts worldwide, including Kreator, Destruction, Sodom and more. While a lot of these other acts have struggled, breaking up and reuniting over the years, TANKARD have never experienced these problems, maintaining their status for nearly 30 years now, delivering one strong album after another. When you think of beer and thrash metal the name TANKARD is the first that should come to mind..." There's so much to dispute in that paragraph but let us not quibble, let's read further shall we? Vol(I)ume 14 is apparently, "is for every fan of top notch classic thrash metal, and its solidifies the fact that TANKARD are one of the most unique bands of the genre."

I'd argue that what Vol(L)ume 14 actually could be described as workmanlike, business as usual Tankard .It's not their best, it's not their worst, it just kind of is. Repeated plays have revealed that none of the tracks stand out as either being exceptionally good, nor indeed exceptionally bad. I most certainly couldn't hum any of them without listening to them to remind me which shows the album's limitations.

If you are already a fan of Tankard you will lap this one up but there's nothing here to win over new converts.


Track Listing:
1. Time Warp (6:01)
2. Rules for Fools (3:55)
3. Fat Snatchers (The Hippo Effect) (5:12)
4. Black Plague (BP) (4:24)
5. Somewhere in Nowhere (4:09)
6. The Agency (5:04)
7. Brain Piercing of Death (4:20)
8. Beck`s in the City (3:29)
9. Condemnation (6:23)
10. Weekend Warriors (7:25)

Added: February 26th 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Score:
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Tankard: Vol(L)ume 14
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-02-26 07:53:52
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Germany's Tankard have certainly been toiling on the thrash metal scene for quite some time, though they usually get forgotten in coversations in favor of other acts like Kreator, Destruction, and Sodom. There's a reason for that-Tankard's music has never been as compelling as those bands, plain and simple. Their latest effort Vol(L)ume 14 is somewhat decent thrash, nothing spectacular or groundbreaking, but certainly serviceable stuff from a veteran band. Filled with riffs-a-plenty, Vol(L)ume 14 rocks hard, but its main problem are the vocals of Gerre. There's just too much of a German accent in his vocals, and he employs a grating shout/scream/narrative style that just comes across as a bit whimsical, making it hard to take some of these songs seriously. "Rules for Fools" and "Fat Snatchers" are two perfect examples of this, as his vocals sink these songs to 'joke metal' levels.

In the end, despite the wealth of tasty riffs from Andy, there's just not a lot of memorable songs here unfortunately. In a day and age where their compatriots are releasing killer CDs, Tankard are once again going to get lost in the shuffle.



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