Tankard (band)

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Background information
Origin Frankfurt, Germany
Genres Thrash metal
Years active 1982–present
Website http://www.tankard.info
Members Andreas Geremia
Andreas Gutjahr
Frank Thorwarth
Olaf Zissel
Past members Bernhard Rapprich
Axel Katzmann
Oliver Werner
Andy Bulgaropulos
Arnulf Tunn

Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 1982. [1] Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard is often considered one of the "Big Teutonic 4" of Teutonic thrash metal. They released their first record in 1986 and continue to write and record in the same vein: fast metal songs in honour of alcohol.


Tankard was formed in 1982 by three classmates, Andreas Geremia, Axel Katzmann and Frank Thorwarth; they came up with the name Tankard with the help of a dictionary. Their earliest written song was called "Ray Death", a song about nuclear war and their first gig was played in a local classroom in 1983. As drinking alcohol in the school was banned, they smuggled their beer in with milk cartons. Soon after, Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him "hanging around with a bunch of drunks" and he was replaced by Andy Bulgaropulos.[citation needed]

In 1984, Tankard signed to Noise Records. While they have built a fan base, they continue to have day jobs.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Andreas "Gerre" Geremia – vocals (1982–present)
  • Frank Thorwarth – bass guitar (1982–present)
  • Olaf Zissel – drums (1994–present)
  • Andreas Gutjahr – guitar (1999–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Bernhard Rapprich – guitar (1982–1983)
  • Oliver Werner – drums (1982–1989)
  • Axel Katzmann – guitar (1982–1993)
  • Andy Bulgaropulos – guitar (1983–1999)
  • Arnulf Tunn – drums (1989–1994)



Studio albums[edit]

Year of Release Title Label
1986 Zombie Attack Noise Records
1987 Chemical Invasion Noise Records
1988 The Morning After Noise Records
1990 The Meaning of Life Noise Records
1992 Stone Cold Sober Noise Records
1994 Two-Faced Noise Records
1995 The Tankard Noise Records
1998 Disco Destroyer Century Media
2000 Kings of Beer Century Media
2002 B-Day AFM Records
2004 Beast of Bourbon AFM Records
2006 The Beauty and the Beer AFM Records
2008 Thirst AFM Records
2010 Vol(l)ume 14 AFM Records
2012 A Girl Called Cerveza Nuclear Blast
2014 R.I.B. Nuclear Blast

Other releases[edit]

  • Heavy Metal Vanguard (1984) - demo
  • Alcoholic Metal (1985) - demo
  • Alien (1989) - EP
  • Hair of the Dog (1989) - compilation
  • Open All Night (1990) - video
  • Fat, Ugly and Live (1991) - live album
  • Fat, Ugly And Still (A) Live (2005) - DVD
  • Best Case Scenario: 25 Years in Beers (2007) - re-recorded compilation album


  1. ^ "Tankard," Encyclopaedia Metallum. Web, September 14, 2010.

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