Sound — 9
First album by the German alcoholic thrashers Tankard, released in 1986. Tankard can be called one of those "late" thrash metal bands, since these guys joined forces in 1982, but only got to release their first album 5 years later. Well, talking about the album, this album here contains the essence of Tankard: just some plain and simple thrash metal. You can find iconic riffs, like in "(Empty) Tankard", and even some stuff that in my opinion sounds close to crossover thrash, like "Alcohol". All songs here are just incredibly fast and insane. Like on "Maniac Forces": after the fun, brief intro to the song, the song just comes smashing everything in its path, and you can expect that in the whole album.
Lyrics — 8
Well, most of the lyrics here are really fun. Common topics here are drinking beer, zombies, thrashing and having fun. Mostly, the first one. No wonder these guys are known as "alcoholic thrashers" or "beer metal". As for the vocals, I think that vocalist Andreas "Gerre" Geremia did a great job here. His voice basically consists of thrash metal shouts and sometimes, high pitched screams. If we can make a comparison here, he's not exactly the kind of guy that develops growls and stuff, like Mille Petrozza for an example. But his voice is just batsh-t crazy and very powerful, as well.
Overall Impression — 9
Well, enough said. This album is just pure thrash metal, like I've said: mixes great riffs, solid guitar solos and a crazy rhythm session, and the final result makes you break your neck! I would point "Maniac Forces", "(Empty) Tankard" and "Acid Death" as the best tunes here, but honestly, if you're a thrash metal fan, you can't really go wrong with this album at all. A true must have for any fan of the genre!