|Review: Tankard - Vol(l)ume 14|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: November 26, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 2.94/5 (58.75%) (16 Votes)
Believe it or not, this is my first taste of alcohol-infused thrashers Tankard... mmmm beer. To be honest I never really felt the need to check these guys out; they play thrash but they were never a band that interested me.
On first listen this was more sobering than I had imagined (pun intended), with a slow acoustic intro – I was expecting a raucous ode to drinking. However it isn't long until they kick up the distortion and start thrashing, although I will admit it left me pretty cold. There are some good riffs and the guys can certainly play but the tone and production are far too weak for thrash. All the tracks are quite similar, minus the clean intro, with standard thrash riffing, barked vocals, gang chants and stupid lyrics.
For the most part this album is fairly uninspiring, and without much prior knowledge of these guys I can't compare this to any of their earlier releases. However I can say that I won't be investigating any further Tankard albums. If you're a fan of Tankard I can't see any reason not to check this out though, I'm sure you will find some enjoyment. However as a thrash metal album this doesn't cut it for me, it feels tired and uninspired, and so do I.
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