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Fight for your right to play pure thrash - 95%

morbert, April 11th, 2007

With their 1987 second full length album ‘Chemical Invasion’ German thrashers simply overclassed their already good debut. Even more speed, more intensity, a more notible hardcore punk attitude and a much improved production. Guitarists Katzmann and Bulgaropulos were close to reaching their hyperactivity peak without losing themselves in enthusiasm. Seriously, there are some impressive riffs on this album many other (lesser funny) eighties thrash metal bands would have died for to have written themselves.

Thrashers like ‘Total Addiction’, ‘Tantrum’ and ‘Don’t Panic’ were brutal and catchy at the same time. One could say this was what pure eighties thrash sounded like. ‘Puke’ was a short funny song with a more than obvious hardcorepunk vibe and played extremely tight. After this overwhelming thrash metal start the album took a different turn with the long instrumental song ‘For a Thousand Beers’ which felt a bit inconsistent at times. Fortunately this was followed by the almighty title track which started off at first with a superbly funny and heavy blues intro before exploding into yet another piece of quality sing-a-long thrash metal. The build up of this song is simply outstanding and well thought through.

‘Farewell To A Slut’ was a decent thrasher but lacked some catchiness. Compared to the rest of the songs on the album, the epic ‘Traitor’ (7:56) had less hardcore punk influences and sounded as if it were a track that was left over from their earlier ‘Zombie Attack’ album. The band themselves must have thought so too because the punk shortage of the previous 8 minutes was followed by a cover version of the mighty GangGreen classic ‘Alcohol’ which really sounded just as good played by a bunch of German thrashers called Tankard. My compliments!

On top of this musical madness Gerre’s vocals (yelling really) were more than thrash-proof. He had no trouble keeping up with the pace, the racket and gave it that typical energetic Tankard sound. Lyrical highlight of the album has got to be ‘Don’t Panic’ with its politically correct yet painfully on the spot eighties message about arms trade and pollution (etc). The rest of the songs ? well pretty much all about alcohol of course! To this day ‘Chemical Invasion’ remains one of the best Tankard albums.