Tankard
Beast of Bourbon


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (68 Reviews)
May 8th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tankard deliver pure, predictable, but powerful and menacing thrash with great riffs on their best album from the new millennium.

Tankard experienced the 90s slump worse than most of the 80s thrash groups, hitting an all time low with Disco Destroyer, a release so bad perhaps even Destruction would have been ashamed of it if they released it at that point. It was altogether a pretty grim time for thrash metal bands in general, with the groove influences seeping into most 90s thrash bands (Testament, Slayer, Demolition Hammer) usually resulting in embarrassment rather than either sales or positive press. Tankard managed a path of slow recovery through the 2000s, with King Of Beer in 2000 proving dull but at least a step up, and B-Day in 2002 was relatively decent. Beast of Bourbon caps their trend of improvement, and despite a lack of variety of tempos, is definitely a riff juggernaut and one of the best albums from the old school thrash crowd post-1994.

Despite its relative simplicity, Beast Of Bourbon makes up for its lack of any new ideas by having great, menacing riffs. Every single song feels tense and absolutely focused, so a lack of anything other than the usual "Simple Innuendo" and "Beer" lyrical content really doesn't matter too much. The album also benefits from an excellent mix that gives both the guitars enough space and doesn't overemphasize the relatively unimportant vocals.

All things said and done, despite the immense consistency of this album (every song is extremely solid at the minimum), highlights are dotted about. The Horde, Genetic Overkill, Die with a Beer in Your Hand and Beyond The Pubyard are the immediate standouts, with the former being the best track thanks to its great progressions and well restrained use of the vocals in the chorus. The complication with the overall strength of all the tracks is that they largely seem pretty samey, with pretty much the same structure and songwriting style; this tends to harm the album towards the latter end of its runtime; that said, taken as individual tracks it's solid as rock.

Sadly following this album Tankard fell back into relative mediocrity; The Beauty and the Beer was a pretty decent album but all the subsequent material is largely worth ignoring. Tankard nevertheless managed to hit a reasonable high point late in their career with this record, and it holds up well next to the other good thrash revival albums.

*Rewritten 29.07.2015*



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BallsToTheWall
May 8th 2011


45444 Comments


no comments wow. Proof that most of sputnik's metal community are a bunch of pussies. good work.

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Psychopathologist
May 8th 2011


1922 Comments


zombie attack ftw

NocteDominum
May 8th 2011


7218 Comments


Nice review. Pos.

south_of_heaven 11
May 8th 2011


5448 Comments


Tankard are fucking cool

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2011


6748 Comments


cool review, have a pos man.

Unfortunately i have never bothered with these guys, although i consider myself a thrash afficionado.




Keep writing.

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alachlahol
May 9th 2011


7583 Comments


good album, not something i'd listen to again though

Jesuslaves
May 28th 2011


4663 Comments


m////////////

blaisetheslayer
March 14th 2012


107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like this band, but I think they're a bit too cheesy.

MosesMalone
October 24th 2013


1836 Comments


Shit's goofy, I like it though. I can never listen to thrash for more than a few tracks though.

KILL
October 24th 2013


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea fuck this jam some zombie attack instead

MosesMalone
October 24th 2013


1836 Comments


Okay.

KILL
June 20th 2014


74378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

CARRIED IT OUT SURE MUSTVE BEEN FUN

BLEEDING AND SUFFERING NOWHERE TO RUN





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