Tankard - The Meaning of Life 12" VINYL LP ALBUM

  This album includes a 12" insert with Tankard band-member photos, band-details and lyrics of all the songs

  Album front cover has a promo sticker with Tankard's Live tourdates in Germany and Switzerland

  "The Meaning of Life" is the fourth studio album from German thrash metal band Tankard.


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Music Genre:

Alcoholic Speed Thrash Metal 

Production information:

Producers Harris Johns, Karl-U Walterbach
Recorded at Musiclab Studio/Berlin April and May 1990.
Mixed at Hansa Studio Berlin, June 1990
Backing vocals by Gerre, Ken (Criminal Justice), Tommy (Megalomaniax)
Album cover concept by Buffo
Cover artwork by Sebastian Kruger/Becker-Derouet
Photography Buffo, Petra Gall

  Harris Johns is a European music producer, active since the late-1970s in the heavy metal and punk scene, working for a lot of big-name bands, such as Helloween, Coroner, Tankard, Sodom, Voivod, Kreator, Exumer, Ratos de Porão, Slime, Daily Terror and many others. Most of his productions were recorded at his studio Music Lab Berlin Studio. After 10 years recording in a former guest house in the countryside near Berlin, which he called Spiderhouse, he reopened the Music Lab Berlin in 2007 and gave it up 2016. He is still producing and teaching music production skills. Here is a list of albums (during the 1980s on which Harris Johns has worked.

  Karl-Ulrich Walterbach founder and owner of "Noise" records ( Noise Records being a sub-label of Modern Music ). Producer and Executive producer of countless mainly Germany Heavy Metal albums.

Uwe "Buffo" Schnädelbach a German Photographer, Editor and Band manager (Tankard). During the 1980s he has photographed a dozen of Heavy Metal bands.

Sebastian Krüger a German Illustrator who has (during the 1980s) drawn around two dozen of album covers for bands like: Destruction, Risk, Tankard, Running Wild.

Record Label Information:

Noise International N 0156-1  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP  

Year & Country:

1990 Made in Germany  
Band Members and Musicians on: Tankard - The Meaning of Life
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Andreas "Gerre" Geremia - Vocals, Bass(since 1982 with the Tankard band)
  • Andy Boulgaropoulos - Guitar ( with Tankard from 1982 until 1995)
  • Axel Katzmann - Guitar (with Tankard from 1982 until 1995)
  • Frank Thorwarth - Bass (with Tankard since 1982)
  • Arnulf Tunn - Drums, (drummer with the Germany Thrash Metal band "Tankard" from 1989 until 1993)
Track Listing of: Tankard - The Meaning of Life

The Song/tracks on "Tankard - The Meaning of Life" are:

    Side One:
  • Open All Night
  • We Are Us
  • Dancing on our Grave
  • Mechanical Man
  • Beermuda
    Side Two:
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Space Beer
  • Always Them
  • Wheel of Rebirth
  • Barfly
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Tankard: Thrash Metal with a Sense of Humor and a Passion for Beer

TANKARD Band Description:

Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt, Germany that was formed in 1982. The band's name comes from the fact that they often drink beer from tankards while playing. Tankard is known for their humorous lyrics that often focus on drinking and partying, but they are also musically talented and have a loyal fanbase.

The band's original lineup consisted of Andreas "Gerre" Geremia on vocals, Axel Katzmann and Andy Bulgaropulos on guitars, Frank Thorwarth on bass, and Oliver Werner on drums. They released their debut album, "Zombie Attack," in 1986, which featured fast, aggressive riffs and Gerre's distinct, rough vocals. The album was well-received by the metal community and helped to establish Tankard as one of the top thrash bands in Germany.

Over the years, Tankard has released a total of 18 studio albums, as well as several live albums, compilations, and EPs. Their music has evolved over time, with the band incorporating elements of punk, hardcore, and even traditional German folk music into their sound. However, they have always maintained their thrash metal roots and continue to write high-energy, fast-paced songs that are perfect for headbanging.

One of the things that sets Tankard apart from other metal bands is their sense of humor. While many metal bands focus on darker themes like death, Satanism, and politics, Tankard takes a more lighthearted approach to their lyrics. Many of their songs are about drinking beer, partying with friends, and enjoying life. For example, their song "Chemical Invasion" is about a group of aliens who come to Earth to drink all of the beer. Similarly, "A Girl Called Cerveza" is an ode to the joys of drinking beer and hanging out with friends.

Despite their humorous lyrics, Tankard is a serious band with a lot of musical talent. Their guitar riffs are fast and intricate, and their drumming is powerful and precise. Gerre's vocals are raw and aggressive, but he also has a great sense of melody that helps to elevate the band's music. Tankard's songs are catchy and memorable, with choruses that are easy to sing along to.

Tankard has faced some criticism over the years for their humorous lyrics and party-focused image. Some metal fans argue that the band is not "serious" enough and that they are just trying to capitalize on the metal scene's love of drinking and partying. However, Tankard has always maintained that they are a legitimate metal band with serious musical chops. They have also been vocal about their love of beer and their belief that metal should be fun and inclusive.

In addition to their music, Tankard is also known for their live shows. The band is energetic and engaging on stage, and they often interact with the audience during their performances. Gerre is known for his charismatic stage presence, and the rest of the band members are talented musicians who know how to put on a great show.