Best Case Scenario: 25 Years In Beers


This album will be inevitably in the centre of the long standing (and also boring) […]
By Dimitris Kontogeorgakos
August 29, 2007
Tankard - Best Case Scenario: 25 Years In Beers album cover

This album will be inevitably in the centre of the long standing (and also boring) argument between the metalheads regarding the re-recording of some all time classic tacks. Some will say that the original versions are better, since they bear the old days atmosphere and others will defend the band's right to fresh things up and probably correct some mistakes. The latter option, which is fine with me (read on to see why), was chosen by TANKARD and AFM Records to celebrate the band's 25 years of non-stop beer consuming by releasing a best-of compilation that will feature classical tracks in re-recorded versions.  
TANKARD was formed in 1982 where the story tells that during their first live performance in their classroom they were drinking beer out of milk cartons since it was forbidden to consume alcohol in school. After that glorious day the Germans released several albums where they managed to sound exactly the same; I mean, the band still plays the classic German Thrash Metal with the 80s attitude and sound! Their song writing has beer as the main (should I say only?) subject with old-time classics like (Empty) Tankard, Space Beer, 666 Packs or the hilarious Beermuda.
All these classic tunes can be found among the 65 minutes of this compilation that comes with a polished sound production that takes them into another level. It's amazing that the re-recorded versions have the same feeling and (dare to say) atmosphere as they did 20 years ago. Geremia sings and shouts with his out of-tune voice while the rhythm section of Zissel behind the drum kit and of Thorwarth in the bass builds the solid foundations for Gutjahr's Thrash (with a twist of Punk) guitar riffs. This compilation is the best soundtrack for relentless beer drinking, hard moshing and serious headbanging featuring songs/Thrash hymns like Zombie Attack and Maniac Forces; if you have attended a TANKARD gig then you know what I am talking about!
The release in question becomes more enticing in the digipack version with the addition of a bonus/tribute CD with 18 cover versions of TANKARD songs by some pretty famous bands (take a look on the CD 2 tracklist). Without any doubt this is the definitely release for all the TANKARD/beer fans who still respect the old-school sound. The vinyl edition is even more enticing for all the old timers since it contains picture discs (yeah!) of the compilation and of the albums B-Day, Beast Of Burbon and The Beauty And The Beer as well as a 0,3l beer mug and a t-shirt.
So, heads and glasses up and always keep in mind the band's famous quote we need another f*****g beer!!!!

"Best Case Scenario: 25 Years In Beers" Track-listing:

Disc 1

Zombie Attack
Maniac Forces
(Empty) Tankard
Don't Panic
Chemical Invasion
The Morning After
666 Packs
Space Beer
Medley (Alcohol, Puke, Mon Cheri, Wonderful Life)
Nation Over Nation
Minds On The Moon

Disc 2

Face Of The Enemy (by ABANDONED)
The Morning After (by COURAGEOUS)
Freibier (by DOPPELBOCK)
Acid Death (by FATAL EMBRACE)
Space Beer (by FKU)
Poison (by FREZEEBEE)
Live To Dive (by HATEWORK)
Alien (by HYADES)
Beermuda (by IRREVERENCE)
Total Addiction (MANTICORA)
Sunscars (by ODIUM)
Zombie Attack (by PARADOX)
Two-Faced (by PARAGON)
Empty Tankard (by SACRED STEEL)
Away (by SCORNAGE)
Planetwide Suicide (by SOLICITUDE)
Rectifier (by TASTE OF DOOM)
Chemical Invasion (by TORMENT)

Tankard Lineup:

Andreas Gerre Geremia - Vocals
Olaf Zissel - Drums
Frank Thorwarth - Bass
Andy Gutjahr - Guitar

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