By Ryan Falla
Tygers of Pan Tang finally break back into the American scene after a 34 year absence with their self-titled record ‘Tygers of Pan Tang’. Tygers is a classic NWOBHM band that originated in the roots of the musical movement. They may not be the most memorable band to come out of the NWOBHM movement, but there is little doubt to the question of their success. However, there is a definite reason as to why they don’t share the same success as other bands to come from the same era.
This self-titled album, ‘Tygers’, is a serious callback to their original days of NWOBHM; while they aren’t breaking any new ground they are adeptly reintroducing their sound to the music scene. It’s not new or overwhelming, but for Tygers of Pan Tang it is a solid showing of the glam rock/British new wave tones within their music.
This genre is always an extreme hit or miss in the modern era of music, most of the time the “hits” are just competent records to remind you that there was in fact an era where ’80s rock was actually palatable. Tygers of Pan Tang take that formula a little further to remind you that there is still some life kicking within this genre, even if that life is just some post-mortem twitching. Eventually, if enough bands come around to poke at the corpse that is ’80s glam/brirtish new wave metal, at least one of them will be able to get some reaction.
Tygers of Pan Tang separate themselves from the typical drudgery and repetition behind the attempted revival of the ’80s rock scene by mixing a healthy dose of thrash metal. It’s hard for older, under the radar bands to keep up their relevance in this modern landscape; mostly because these bands stick to cookie-cutter formulas that gave them success instead of adding a dash of something interesting to keep people on their toes.
Now, that’s not to say that Tygers completely circumvent these glaring issues that stick with the genre. A lot of the tracks blend together to create a forgettable piece of work that manages to hold spotty levels of quality that aren’t exactly bad, they just aren’t memorable. The riffs might be good, the vocals might be on point, the bass and drums might be groovin’ for a hot minute; though as good as this album can be it still does little to stick in your memory.
I wouldn’t recommend this album to anyone who isn’t the purest of ’80s rock apologists or die-hard Tygers fan. Maybe I would stretch it to those who popped into 2017 from a time machine after hearing Tygers’ first album, but I wouldn’t want to discourage any potential fans by showing them the future that awaits them.
This album isn’t going to win over any new fans, though it does do its best to keep Tygers of Pan Tang fans placated. They may not be coming out with any groundbreaking music, but at least they’re coming out with music.
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Record Label: Restricted Release
Release Date: March 24th 2017
01. Only The Brave (5:04)
02. Dust (4:29)
03. Glad Rags (4:09)
04. The Reason Why (3:58)
05. Never Give In (4:37)
06. Do It Again (3:20)
07. I Got The Music In Me (3:40)
08. Praying For A Miracle (4:55)
09. Blood Red Sky (5:01)
10. Angel In Disguise (1:53)
11. The Devil You Know (3:51)
Total Duration: 44:57