The story of Tankard is an exceptional one. The thrash metal force from Frankfurt, Germany known as the founders of "alcoholic metal" have been around since the early-80's spearheading a wave of German thrash bands that included Kreator, Destruction and Sodom. While a lot of their contemporaries struggled, split and reunited, Tankard kept scratching and clawing, delivering one strong album after another. To honor these pillars of metal Noise Records is reissuing three further classic Tankard albums - The Meaning of Life, Stone Cold Sober and The Tankard + Tankwart Aufgetankt - on remastered vinyl. As thrash metal gave way to grunge in the 90's Tankard stuck to their guns and released another fine slab of Tuetonic thrash with the ironically titled Stone Cold Sober in 1992. This is classic Tankard, raw and insanely fast but slightly more serious in the lyrical department – aside from a frantic cover of J Geils Band's "Centerfold." Thrash metal may not have been in vogue at the time but the faithful Tankard fans stayed true to the band and hail this as one of their finest.