|Review: Tankard - Vol(l)ume 14|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 6, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Anyone reading this who does not know the deal with Germany's Tankard probably just decided this morning to become a fan of Heavy Metal. If there is a more consistent band in Heavy Metal, I could not name them. Since 1986, Tankard have cranked out more than a dozen alcohol-soaked albums full of humor and simple, classic 80s style Thrash. Vol(l)ume 14, their latest release, which may be their 14th or 15th full-length (after 25 years, a band's discography can get a bit confusing) continues that trend. Have no fear, Tankard fans; there are no surprises or changes of style here.
Of course, consistency has its pros and cons. On the plus side, Vol(l)ume 14 won't disappoint anyone looking for no-frills Thrash. The guitar riffs have bite and singer Gerre Geremia's gravelly shouts beg you to sing along. There is no shortage of humor ("Brain Piercing of Death" is hilarious) or odes to alcohol ("Beck's in the City," "Weekend Warriors.") The rest of the songs deal with various social issues, but don't get too heavy. The band is fine form and guitarist Andy Gutjahr's solos scream. On the downside, if you've heard one Tankard album, you've heard them all. There is nothing new on Vol(l)ume 14.
Solid, consistent Thrash Metal is what Tankard is all about and on that point, Vol(l)ume 14 can be considered a success, but not a mandatory purchase.
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