TANKARD ( Thrash Metal , Germany ) Collector's Album Cover Gallery & Information

Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 1982. After losing their guitarist because of their image as a bunch of drunks, they moved on to issue their first record in 1986. From that 1986 on, the band has continuously made songs and records in the same style they started out with - fast metal songs in honor of alcohol. Thus they claim to have invented a new genre called "alcoholic metal". Tankard are self-proclaimed "Kings of Beer" in honour of the folkloric character Gambrinus.

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On the discography listing below you will find TANKARD ( Thrash Metal , Germany ) vinyl records released during the 1970s and 1980s. For each record you will have the record company's catalognr, album title, year and country of release. Complete information for each record can be viewed by selecting the corresponding links. Albums have been ordered in ascending alphabetical order of the album titles.

Tankard's Biography ( short )

Tankard were formed in 1982 by three classmates, Andreas Geremia, Axel Katzmann and Frank Thorwarth. At the time, the band was known as Vortex and Avenger until the current name of Tankard was discovered by the band in a dictionary. Their first song written was called "Ray Death", a song about nuclear war and their first gig was played in a local classroom in 1983. As the band were not permitted to drink alcohol in the school, they smuggled their beer in with milk cartons. Soon after, band member Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him "hanging around with a bunch of drunks" and was replaced by Andy Bulgaropoulos.

In 1984, Tankard signed to Noise Records, after narrowly missing out on signing with Steamhammer during a gig where guitarist Andy Bulgaropulous made the mistake of wearing a blue sweatshirt with a deer on the front, creating a wrong image and causing Steamhammer to retract their offer of a contract.

Label & Catalogno Band/Performers - Album Title Year Country

Blue Label NOISE International N 0131-5 / NUK 131

TANKARD - Alien  is a mini-lp with 5 tracks

TANKARD - Alien ( 1989 Germany )

is a mini-lp with 5 tracks

Noise N 0096
Tankard - Chemical Invasion

TANKARD - Chemical Invasion ( 1987 Germany )

Tankard's "Chemical Invasion," a landmark in German thrash metal, emerged in 1987 with a unique focus on the Reinheitsgebot controversy of 1516. The album's rebellious spirit, blending aggressive riffing and irreverent humor, tackled societal norms. Musically, it delivered a relentless onslaught of thrash brilliance, solidifying Tankard's position in the genre. "Chemical Invasion" remains a pivotal release, reflecting the band's bold approach to both music and social commentary.

Noise N 0156-1
The Meaning of Life is the fourth studio album from German thrash metal band Tankard.

TANKARD - The Meaning of Life ( 1990 Germany )

Tankard's "The Meaning of Life," a thrash metal gem, showcases a compelling blend of music and artistry. Released in October 1990, the 12" Vinyl LP Album features a captivating cover concept by Buffo, with cover artwork crafted by Sebastian Kruger and Becker-Derouet. The collaboration results in a visually striking representation of the genre and complements the album's intense musical content, solidifying Tankard's enduring legacy in the thrash metal scene.

Noise International N 0123-1 / NUK 123 / FW 44271
TANKARD - The Morning After

TANKARD - The Morning After ( 1988 Germany )

"The Morning After" by German thrash metal band Tankard, released in 1988, is a seminal third studio album. Tankard's evolution from their 1982 formation led to this classic, blending relentless thrash riffs and humorous lyrics. Produced by Harris Johns, the album's iconic artwork, featuring the beer-swilling alien "Alien," complements its enduring legacy. Celebrated for its musicality and creativity, "The Morning After" solidified Tankard's status in the thrash metal pantheon.

Noise International N 0046
TANKARD - Zombie Attack

TANKARD - Zombie Attack ( 1986 Germany )

"Zombie Attack" marked Tankard's 1986 debut in the German thrash metal scene. This 12" Vinyl LP, adorned with James Warhola's vivid zombie-themed cover art and Fred Baumgart's dynamic photography, delivered an explosive sonic onslaught. A product of the burgeoning thrash movement, the album's intense tracks, including the titular "Zombie Attack," solidified Tankard's place as a seminal force. The album's enduring influence cements its status as a classic in European thrash metal history.