Yes, it's been nearly 30 years since German thrash-o-holics burst upon the scene with their brand of alcohol themed heavy metal, and A Girl Called Cerveza is their new release of drunken mayhem that shows that AC/DC aren't the only heavy band on the planet that goes back to the same well over, and over, and over again.If you think I'm saying that if you've heard one Tankard album you've heard them all, well, that's basically what I'm saying. Not that A Girl Called Cerveza, or any Tankard album, is bad by any means, but if you want to hear quality German thrash, you are much better served checking out any number of Kreator, Destruction, or Sodom albums first before bothering with these guys. Ridiculous lyrics, too much musical repitition, and just an overall sense that this band are too busy clowning around to take anything seriously, ultimately makes for an unsatisfying listening experience. Yeah, there are some nifty riffs on "Witchhunt 2.0", and "Masters of Farces" is heavy & speedy, much like early Exodus or Anthrax, but the lyrics are so damn silly & cliche ridden that it just spoils it in the end. "Son of a Fridge" ? Come on. And even everyone's favorite German metal siren Doro can't save the 'all speed no quality' anthem wanna-be "The Metal Lady Boy".
A Girl Called Cerveza no doubt has a built in audience who go for Tankard's alcohol fueled insanity, and for that crowd there's no doubt a lot to like here. If however you like your thrash metal on the more serious side, this one will grow tiresome pretty quickly.
1. Running On Fumes
2. A Girl Called Serveza
3. Witchhunt 2.0
4. Masters Of Farces
5. The Metal Lady Boy (feat. Doro Pesch)
6. Not One Day Dead (But One Day Mad)
7. Son Of A Fridge
8. Fandom At Random
9. Metal Magnolia
10. Rapid Fire (A Tyrant's Elegy)