Tygers Of Pan Tang – Ambush
Released on September 24, 2012 by Rocksector Records
The Tygers were one of the also-rans of the New Way Of British Heavy Metal back in the early 80’s. They’re semi-famous in metal circles for being the band where guitarist John Sykes cut his teeth before moving on to bigger and better things with Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake. But while contemporaries Iron Maiden and Def Leppard took two drastically different paths out of the NWOBHM movement, TOPT tried to straddle the line between the two and ended up going nowhere. They reunite in odd configurations every now and then and pump out albums, but there’s no spark, this album being no exception. The songs here just don’t do anything. Everything about the album, from the vocals to the guitar to the production, just lies flat. I might have more patience for this album if I was more familiar with their older stuff, but alas, I’m not, so they don’t get the benefit of the doubt. Too bad they can’t get Sykes back, he’d liven things up.
(Addendum: having watched the two videos I kind of like the sound, so I may need to revisit my initial review. Of course, stuff often sounds better when it’s taken separate from the album where it all runs together, so we’ll see.)
PRO-1, VOC-1, MUS-1, SNG-0, MISC-0 TOTAL-3