German thrash metal stalwarts, Tankard, will be releasing their new album One Foot in the Grave on June 2.
For this album Tankard worked with producer Martin Buchwalter at Gernhard Studios in Troisdorf, Germany.
Vocalist Andreas “Gerre” Geremia says the band took a chance by switching producers for this record and the results paid off.
“We worked together for the first time with Martin as a producer, we were satisfied with our last albums, but we wanted to try something new,” Gerre says.
“This time the guitars are a bit heavier and overall it’s heavier, but of course the fans have to decide what they think about the new album.”
Although they have a strong sense of humour that resonates in their music, their serious side is still prominent.
This is shown in the new album, particularly on the track “Syrian Nightmare” where the band looks deep into the topic of the war.
“We had written it a year ago, then there was silence about Syria, but the war has been going six years now,” Gerre says.
“It’s horror for the people, all the big countries are somehow involved and it’s a really disgusting thing.”
“Normal people and children, they are the ones that suffer and it was our aim to write a song about that.”
Affectionately known as one of the “Big Teutonic Four” of German thrash metal, the band is celebrating 35 years making music together.
Tankard is also known as “alcoholic metal”, originally a joke from the band making fun of all the subgenres spinning-off at the time.
“Back in the days of 1985 when we brought our second demo tape, we called alcoholic metal just for fun because there was all these new types of metal,” Gerre says.
“In the mid-90s we wanted to get rid of this image, but no one believed us so now we just see our image with a lot of humour and ironic attitude.”
Given that Tankard is named after a cup that is predominately used to drink alcohol, it’s obviously been hard to shake that image.
However, this isn’t something that particularly worries the band as they maintain an artistically diverse spectrum of creative styles.
“We can laugh about ourselves, although we do have a lot serious lyrics, we have a good combination of funny stuff and serious stuff,” Gerre says.
“We found that name in a dictionary and we thought that it was funny and fits to us, and now we have that beer image.”
“Sometimes it’s a little sad that everybody reduce us to that image and not the music, but we can live with that and it’s our own fault haha.”
New album One Foot in the Grave out on June 2, via Nuclear Blast. You can stream their previous work on Spotify.