Released: 2008, AFM Records
Editors Note: Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Powerslave or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any websites were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
It’s uncanny. If you even notice or care about these things Tankard has put an album every two years since 1998 and here we are with album lucky #13 simply titled THIRST.
The fatman mascot is back on the cover looking a bit lonely and bewildered, lost in the desert. Andy Classen is back at the helm as well and there have been no lineup changes on this album. The goodship Tankard is steady as she goes. I’m going to be blunt. I’ve reviewed five old Tankard albums this month. What more can I possibly say when all the albums have so little change and are all so intrinsically awesome?
Tankard fully deliver the album we expect and want. THIRST is drenched with lots of fast thrashers that rip by at neck-break speed, lots of fun lyrics about alcohol spewed out by Gerre’s raw voice. In fact his voice is starting to show a bit of wear and on certain tracks it is getting pretty rough almost creeping into Udo Dirckschneider and Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger) territory. The lyrics cover the usual range of topics, homelessness, ancient Greece, and being alienated from society and my favourite, 'Hyperthermia'. This song is about going on holiday in Finland and getting stuck in a sauna and burning to death! A very common fear I'm sure! I think the band might have hit a new low with the song ‘Myevilfart’. No further explanation needed.
Pretty much only the most die-hard, loyal and true Tankard collector could listen to a randomly chosen Tankard song and identify what album it belongs too. I’m almost at that point, but not quite. For whatever reason THIRST just doesn’t have some of the standout cuts that really registered in my brain for the long term. It is not that THIRST is a poor album, just one of many fine albums by this long-standing thrash institution.