Tygers Of Pan Tang Spellbound (+ Extra Tracks)
Label: Metal Nation Records MNR005
Format: CD, Album
TYGERS OF PAN TANG Wild Cat [CLASSIC HEAVY METAL]
Tygers of Pan Tang are a heavy metal band, formed in 1978 in England. They are a notable band of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The band is named after an elite group of chaos-worshiping warriors, called the Tigers of Pan Tang, in Michael Moorcocks Elric stories.
The band was originally formed by Jess Cox (vocals), Robb Weir (guitar), Richard “Rocky” Laws (bass), and Brian Dick (drums). They were first signed by local independent label Neat Records before MCA gave them a major record deal. After several singles, they released their first album ,Wild Cat, in 1980. The album reached the #18 in Britain in the first week of its release.
Jess Cox – vocals
Robb Weir – guitar
Richard “Rocky” Laws – bass
Brian Dick – drums
2. Slave To Freedom
3. Don’t Touch Me There
7. Wild Catz
8. Suzie Smiled www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHNjZYoIhhk www.youtube.com/watch?v=S42ytyvFsF8 www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EbOe-aQ3GE www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW7cLd-_8lw
11. Rock And Roll Man
12. Alright On The Night
14. Straight As A Die
15. Don’t Take Nothing
16. Bad Times
17. Burning Up
18. Don’t Touch Me There
The extreme raw energy of the Tygers is superbly caught on this classic 1980 release, showcasing the punk influence on one of the key NWOBHM outfits. Includes eight bonus tracks taken from the bands 7″ and 12″ releases
Hailing from tiny Whitley Bay in the Northeast of England, the Tygers of Pan Tang (whose name originated from a Michael Moorcock novel called Stormbringer) were formed when aspiring singer Jess Cox met guitarist Robb Weir at the local pub in November 1978. Weir, along with bassist Rocky and drummer Brian Dick, had recently formed a band combining the lessons of early-’70s heavy metal legends such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with the do-it-yourself ethos of punk — an emerging style eventually dubbed the new wave of British heavy metal. After much rehearsing and gigging in the surrounding area the foursome recorded a number of demos at Impulse Studios, whose owners Neat Records released their first single “Don’t Touch Me There” in September 1979. Relentless touring across Britain would follow, supporting such childhood heroes as the Scorpions and Budgie, as well as NWOBHM peers like Iron Maiden and Saxon. They also signed a deal with MCA and entered Londons Morgan Studios in June to record their proper debut, Wildcat, which went straight into the British charts at number 18 upon its released in July 1980. Looking to beef up their sound, the band added virtuoso guitarist John Sykes just in time for their biggest gig ever at that years Reading Festival. Yet, despite this promising start, singer Cox decided to quit the group at years end, citing the ever-popular “musical differences”
Wild Cat is the debut album from the band and also one of the bands’ very best albums. It was released in 1980 when the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was growing more and more in popularity. The album does not slouch at all and it is filled front to back with ten bitchin’ heavy metal tracks bursting with energy. Tygers was never the heaviest band in the NWOBHM nor did they ever claim to be but they sure as hell knew how to make a fucking great heavy metal album. The songs are often speedy and are structured pretty damn well if you ask me. They also have a bit of a rockish feel to them as well. Tygers has always had that and I quite like that. The lead guitar work on this album is fantastic to say the least. They remind me a bit of the first 3 Saxon albums and if anything that’s a good thing because I fucking love Saxon. The riffing is nice, fast and fun. Nothing super heavy but I really really like it. The drums are speedy and follow the guitars very well and vocalist Jess Cox sounds good and has plenty of energy. Overall if you want to get into this band you cannot skip Wild Cat. Its one of the bands’ finest.