The theme of alcohol consumption really shouldn’t lend itself to the creation of more than a handful of songs but German thrashers TANKARD have somehow managed to carve an entire career out of it, one that’s still going strong to this day. Released back in 1998 “Disco Destroyer” is one of the few TANKARD albums not centred entirely around getting shitfaced on beer (among other things) but despite this – though probably more because of it – it is one of the best TANKARD albums your money can buy.
“From Frankfurt To Frisco we destroy every disco!” states the back cover and if that doesn’t just scream “play me NOW!” then the booklet which shows the band taking axe and knife to a disco ball will. These guys really live in their own little universe but they are a fun band that knows how to Thrash with the best of ‘em, and this album is filled to the brim with fast, catchy, and upbeat songs. Despite the strange ant-disco “concept” and irreverent song titles much of the themes explored here are of a more serious nature, whether it’s the eradication of the human race on “www.planetwise-suicide.com” or revenge in “Face Of The Enemy”. But at the end of the day the thing that matters most is the music and this is where “Disco Destroyer” really sets itself apart from much of their catalogue, featuring songs that are simply faster, better constructed and more memorable than most of their other work.
Highlights? Well, I could be gracious and mention all of them but a few that instantly impressed yours truly would be the opener “Serial Killer” (hands down the fastest most aggressive song of theirs), the gloomy “www.planetwide-suicide.com”, the very Punk-y (and silly) “Splendid Boyz” as well as the intense title track with its punchy chorus. There are also a few more playful songs on here like the self deprecating “Hard Rock Dinosaur” and “Roach Motel” but even here great riffing and high energy abound, driven mainly by long time vocalist Andreas Geremia’s in-your-face style that really reminds me of Mark Osegueda (DEATH ANGEL) at times. Top this all off with a great Harris Johns production and you have a superb TANKARD album on your hands and one of the most overlooked Thrash successes of the 90s. My version is the 2007 AFM records re-release that features a cover version of MANOWAR’s “Fast Taker” but the band thrashes through it at such an insane rate that it sounds nothing like the original. But that’s TANKARD for you – they really don’t give a fuck. You, however, should.
(Online January 12, 2009)