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(1982 – present)

Tankard is a German Thrash metal band founded in 1982. Inventors of the “Alcoholic Metal”-genre. The band chose their name after looking through a dictonary and seeing a word defined as “beer mug”.

Tankard were formed by three classmates, Andreas “Gerre” Geremia, Axel Katzmann and Frank Thorwarth. At the time, the band was known as Vortex and Avenger until the current name of Tankard was discovered by the band in a dictionary. Their first song written was called “Ray Death”, a song about nuclear war and their first gig was played in a local classroom in 1983. As the band were not permitted to drink alcohol in the school, they smuggled their beer in with milk cartons. Soon after, band member Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him “hanging around with a bunch of drunks” and was replaced by Andy Bulgaropulos.

In 1984, Tankard signed to Noise Records after narrowly missing out on signing with Steamhammer during a gig where guitarist Andy Bulgaropulous made the mistake of wearing a blue sweatshirt with a deer on the front creating the wrong image and causing Steamhammer to retract their offer of a contract.

Now, they have just released their new album “
“Thirst” which is in stores now.

* Andreas “Gerre” Geremia (1982)- Vocals
* Frank Thorwarth (1982) - Bass
* Olaf Zissel (1994)- Drums
* Andy Gutjahr (1998)- Guitars

Former Members:

*Axel Katzmann (1982-1995)


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  • M-Morbid

    Awesome new album! [10]

    3 Jul 1:10pm Reply
  • Thrasher-Ant

    Awesome new album! [9] Miles better than A Girl Called Cerveza.

    1 Jul 2:52pm Reply
  • devilstrawberry

    Awesome new album! [8] I love lyrics especially.

    30 Jun 4:36pm Reply
  • rodofdez

    And the best part of the bio is "Soon after, band member Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him “hanging around with a bunch of drunks” and was replaced by Andy Bulgaropulos." LOL

    24 Jun 9:53pm Reply
  • Otarie004

    Awesome new album! [7]

    24 Jun 12:10pm Reply
  • lulled

    Awesome new album! [6]

    23 Jun 3:06pm Reply
  • ImCezary

    Awesome new album! [5]

    22 Jun 12:09am Reply
  • Cacnep

    Awesome new album! [4]

    21 Jun 9:28pm Reply
  • TheKruQPolska

    New album sucks ;/

    21 Jun 5:18pm Reply
  • michciu4

    new album is meh... it's like listening to one okay song for 40 minutes. not impressed

    21 Jun 1:36pm Reply
  • girlindeath

    Better than Radiohead (2)

    21 Jun 10:31am Reply
  • girlindeath

    new album sucks. same old melodies at slow motion thrash.

    21 Jun 10:30am Reply
  • MasterSpawacz

    Awesome new album! [3]

    19 Jun 10:46pm Reply
  • BrunoNardi

    Awesome new album! [2]

    19 Jun 6:46pm Reply
  • AngryvikinG

    Awesome new album!

    19 Jun 12:31pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Tankard

    16 Jun 2:24pm Reply
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  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at "R.I.B." gets 7 out of 10!

    12 Jun 7:46am Reply
  • BrunoNardi

    This band is insane!! I like it!!

    23 Apr 3:35am Reply
  • defnoob

    These guys are like the Teutonic equivalent to the US'S Testament. I,e the band that always gets mentioned, that is only like half popular but somehow keeps getting brought up in the same conversation as their superior contemporaries. I never got the appeal to these guys, their music is bland thrash, they don't have ANYWHERE near the aggression of Kreator or Sodom, and they're really bland minus the novelty lyrics about alcohol. Oh well, mediocrity sells

    16 Apr 3:42am Reply
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