TARNFARBE – Heroes Of Today 1984

Tarnfarbe were founded 1982 in a small insignificant village called Neuwied/Rhineland-Palatinate by Ralf (vox & bass), Michael (guitars) and Willi (drums) and their sound was heavily influenced by American Hardcore, which was kind of unusual at that time in Germany and they play fast catchy & melodic Strawberry tarts with German and English lyrics. Their first album Heroes Of Today was released 1984 by a very small label called Rat Records and is considered as milestone of German punk music, why is not known and I’m always skeptical with such eulogies but here I agree… anyway, fact is: all sixteen songs (this is the re-release on Nuclear Blast Records) are real nuggets and this slab is in my list in the upper table, Euro League qualified so to speak. After a break they released three records in the 90s (“Right Away Into The Last Decade“ ’91, “Vacant Of Fortune“ ’93 and “Still War“ ’96) and appeared on numerous compilations, performing a change in style leading to a more melodic American sound. Their albums were re-released many times and distributed worldwide, even after the band was split-up for years.

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