Album Review: Tygers Of Pan Tang “Bloodlines” (2023)


Tygers Of Pan Tang stay true to their style and essence 45 years later and they prove it on this “Bloodlines”

Looking for a rock album review? Check out our review of Tygers Of Pan Tang’s latest album “Bloodlines”. As pioneers of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Tygers Of Pan Tang have remained true to themselves since their formation in 1978. While they may not have achieved the commercial success of bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard or Saxon, their dedication to their craft is undeniable.

Surviving the loss of star guitarist John Sykes, Tygers Of Pan Tang have persevered through numerous lineup changes. The band’s history has been plagued by comings and goings of musicians, but guitarist Robb Weir has managed to keep the band alive since 2004, forming a long-lasting association with Jack Meille (vocals) and Craig Ellis (drums). Their latest album “Bloodlines” features the newest additions, Francesco Marras (guitar) and Huw Holding (bass).

With ethereal guitar plucks and oriental reminiscences, “Edge Of The World” kicks off the album with a commercial hook that would be perfect for their live shows. The colossal chorus showcases Jack Meille’s vocal talents, making it a textbook example of NWOBHM.
“On “In My Blood”, Tygers Of Pan Tang showcase their ability to balance heavy metal and melodic hard rock in the style of Dokken or White Lion. The guitars of Robb and Francesco launch strong riffs and solos, without being invasive, allowing the song to breathe on its own. This balance is evident throughout the album, with no guitaristic egos in sight.

The galloping rhythm section of “Fire On The Horizon” sets the tempo of the song, with a pounding riff and dizzying guitar solo that will leave you wanting more. “Bloodlines” is a strong album from start to finish, showcasing Tygers Of Pan Tang’s ability to evolve and remain relevant in today’s rock scene. If you’re looking for rock reviews, make sure to give this album a listen.

“Jack’s vocal cords are put to the test in “Light Of Hope,” as the monolithic and tense music flows without shrillness. It’s not until the song ends that I realize it’s my favorite track on “Bloodlines.” “Back For Good” features a dominant, percussive bass line by Huw Holding and outstanding backing vocals that reinforce the chorus perfectly.

Moving on to the second half of the album, “Taste Of Love” is the only keyboard concession in an album dominated by guitar. While not groundbreaking, it has a good half time, and once again, the chorus and backing vocals steal the show. “Kiss The Sky,” “Believe,” and “A New Heartbeat” continue with the successful formula of the previous songs, consolidating the effective guitar work with little room for unnecessary flourishes, making them consistent and adaptive to each song’s needs. The occasional “twin guitars” also remind us of Thin Lizzy, scattered throughout “Bloodlines.”

The album concludes with “Making All The Rules,” a mid-tempo song that’s poisoned with gunpowder, keeping us in tension with sudden electric explosions. Its grandiosity adds an epic touch to an album that’s characterized by its urgency and immediacy, offering an interesting counterpoint.

In recent interviews, Robb Weir has confidently stated that the recently released lineup of Tygers Of Pan Tang, with John Sykes still in the ranks, is the strongest since the original. Judging by what they offer us on “Bloodlines,” they deserve the credit they’re due. As a devoted follower of classic heavy metal, I wish that a band like them, who have had to constantly reinvent themselves through continuous mutations, finally attains the desired stability they deserve.”

Review by Luigi


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