Tankard is probably the longest-running German Thrash Metal band of all time. They never wavered from the path, never split up and re-united. I am pretty sure that as long as vocalist Gerre is alive, there will always be Tankard. This, however, has led to the fact that there are very few Best Of and compilation albums around. No superfluous B-Side collections or cheaply produced live retrospectives. _Alcoholic Metal? features very early Tankard demo material, which has only been around on tape. Gerre explains: _Before our first album ?Zombie Attack_ was released in 1986, we produced two official demo tapes: ?Heavy Metal Vanguard_ in 1984 and ?Alcoholic Metal_ a year later.? Of course, both are featured on the High Roller vinyl release. Gerre carries on: _From ?Heavy Metal Vanguard_ two songs made it onto our debut album ?Zombie Attack_, namely ?Alcohol_ and ?Mercenary_. No less than five songs from our second demo tape ?Alcoholic Metal_ found their way to ?Zombie Attack_: the title track ?Zombie Attack_, ?Mercenary_, ?Poison_, ?Acid Death_ and ?Screaming Victims_. In addition to that, we recorded a new version of ?Alien_ with different lyrics for our mini-album from 1989. A couple of other demo tracks appeared on even later Tankard albums: ?Death by Whips_ (?Disco Destroyer_, 1998), ?Incredible Loudness_ (?Kings of Beer_, 2000) and ?Rundown Quarter_ (?B-Day_, 2002).? The recordings you can hear on _Alcoholic Metal? have not been re-mixed or re-mastered. According to Gerre, there is a reason for this: _We wanted to keep the recordings 100% authentic! Label boss Steffen even wanted to have our original cassette tapes for the vinyl mastering. He did not really trust the CD-R version which was available as a bonus disc for ?B-Day_.?