Tankard - R.I.B. review
|Release date:||June 2014|
01. War Cry
02. Fooled By Your Guts
03. R.I.B. (Rest In Beer)
04. Riders Of The Doom
05. Hope Can't Die
06. No One Hit Wonder
07. Breakfast For Champions
08. Enemy Of Order
09. Clockwise To Deadline
10. The Party Ain't Over 'Til We Say So
Well...It's time to party. I guess. Tankard - when at their best - should inspire you to drink a lot and destroy someone's property. Destruction and violence delivered in a cheeky, endearing way is what Tankard is usually about...Usually. This party is about as wild as a Kelly Clarkson music video.
R.I.B.? I sure hope that's not some kind of swansong title, because this would be an incredibly sad way to bring an end to Tankard. It's a tired, frustratingly repetitive, going-through-the-motions, contractual obligation type of album. There's nothing drastically different from the regular Tankard brew here; charging riffs, lyrically satirical themes delivered by the rambunctious voice of Gerre, and a few uber-melodic guitarmonies splashed here and there. This album just continuously feels lackadaisical, put together by a band who sound completely uninterested in what they're creating.
Is it awful? No. In fact, R.I.B. shows signs of being resuscitated multiple times throughout the album. "Riders Of The Doom" and "Enemy Of Order" both jump back into the spastic, catchy, fun German thrash we've all come to adore...Then, sigh, it's back to more songs drawn out in painful repetition, Gerre sounding a bit apathetic, while the riffs, hooks, and chorus' go back to being flat-out unremarkable.
Every party hits that stage, usually at around 3:24AM, where there's only a few stragglers left; too tired and drunk to stumble home, left sitting on the couch staring at their feet. Every once in a while someone cracks a beer and a joke to get some life in the room again, to no avail. It happened to Municipal Waste, and it's happening to Tankard with R.I.B..
"Party Ain't Over 'Til We Say So"? I Think it's about time for last call, Tankard.
||Written on 06.08.2014 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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