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. The band's final album on Noise was their eponymous 1995 effort. Perpetuating the more serious side shown on its predecessor, it melds their signature thrash with elements of speed, power and hardcore, and tops it off with a dash of melody and some of their catchiest choruses to date. The same year they redressed the humorous balance with their Tankwart side project of German language covers done in a punk/metal style, much to their fans amusement.