Tygers Of Pan Tang - 'Tygers Of Pan Tang'

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Tygers Of Pan Tang - 'Tygers Of Pan Tang'

Not entirely a Metal album, and arguably showing more diversity than their earlier work, it's good to see them still stalking the prize.

Favourites of Metallica and pioneers of the NWOBHM movement, having recently signed a deal with Mighty Music and Target Group, the Tygers have produced a new self-titled album. Led by original member Robb Weir, continuing with Italian singer Jacopo Meille, Craig Ellis (drums), Gavin Gray (bass) and now with new guitarist Micky Crystal, with ten new songs and a surprising cover version, they have produced an album definitely worth your time!

The album opens with a blistering guitar attack and no pussy footing around, pun intended. 'Only The Brave' has a catchy chorus, an edgy sounding vocal and biting guitar guaranteed to get the attention straight off. Always a band showcasing the guitars, great solos on tracks like 'Dust' keep the old lug holes very happy indeed. 'Glad Rags' is more of a Funk Rock number, but the trade mark excellent guitar is still very much in evidence. 'The Reason Why' is a pretty decent AOR song, more of a ballad adding light and contrast.



'Never Give In' is a traditional Metal number more like the stuff Tygers were known for, with a good shred in the middle. 'Do It Again' and 'The Devil You Know' contains some inventive and interesting vocals which remind quite a lot of Sean Harris, with particularly endearingly British lyrics on the former track. Following 'Do It Again' is a Kiki Dee cover from 1974 – yes, you read that right – not an obvious choice given the happy go lucky chorus of 'I Got The Music In Me', but the first verse is eerily haunting in the hands of the Tygers and quite arresting as a result. 'Praying For A Miracle' is another lighter track, but no compromises on the feeling expressed through the guitar as you would expect. 'Blood Red Sky' puts Metal firmly back on the agenda, particularly lyrics-wise, with notable guitar. 'Angel In Disguise' is a pretty acoustic track showing Meille can sing sweetly as well as scream.

Like Diamond Head before them, this very talented pioneer band never quite reached their full potential. Not entirely a Metal album, and arguably showing more diversity than their earlier work, it's good to see them still stalking the prize!

Dawn Osborne

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