*FIRST 250 PRE-ORDERS COMES WITH SIGNED POSTCARD*
Red vinyl LP. Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
Release: May 5 – 2023
Robb Weir is never a man to take what he has for granted. Having led TYGERS OF PAN TANG since their first
album through a plethora of lineup changes, he recognises that the current Tygers are probably the strongest
since they were at the forefront of the NWOBHM. The original band, who made four albums for MCA Records,
survived the unexpected departure of Jess Cox to run Neat Records and later John Sykes, who was bound for
Thin Lizzy and a multi-million seller with Whitesnake. What they didn’t survive was their greatest commercial
success with the album “The Cage”. However, Weir, ever the optimist, formed a new version of the band to both
play the old material and write songs that would represent this ‘new’ Tygers. The backbone of the band – Craig
Ellis on drums, together with Jack Meille on vocals, have now been together for considerably longer than the first
Tygers and were recently joined by Francesco Marras on guitar and Huw Holding on bass. Francesco arrived via
solo and session work that has made him a go-to guitarist and Huw has history of working with NWOBHM bands
such as Blitzkrieg, Avenger and Holosade.
Recording an EP (“A New Heartbeat”) to celebrate their re-signing with Mighty Music, the Tygers demonstrated
just how potent the new lineup was becoming. Re-recording two songs from their first album to compliment the
two new songs on the EP gave listeners the chance to evaluate Francesco Marras’ contribution and the reaction
was entirely positive. Following this with a tour that took in six countries across Europe both Francesco and Huw
have been amazed at the reaction to the new line-up. Fans old and new have turned up to lend their support to
the continuing story of the Tygers.
Now the band are all set for the release of their new album, “Bloodlines”. Recorded entirely by the musicians who
comprise the current lineup, it is a tour de force of what made the NWOBHM such a potent force in music. The
songs, all self-penned, successfully demonstrate just how well the core of Weir, Meille and Ellis have blended
with the new boys. New Danish producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Moonspell, Sick Of It All) has brought a
contemporary edge to the traditional Tygers sound and immediately bonded with the band, recognising just what
it was that they were looking for. Still metal at its core, the melodic vocals and exemplary guitar solos ensure that
the songs are worthy rivals to the very best of their back catalogue.
The last word comes from Robb Weir whose dream created the Tygers all those years ago. “I feel as confident
with our new lineup as I did all those years ago when “Wildcat” appeared on the shelves and it was given a
unanimous thumbs up. Our recent live shows have demonstrated a harmony within the band and, coupled with
the quality of “Bloodlines”, the potential to create music and perform live shows for some considerable time to
1. Edge Of The World
2. In My Blood
3. Fire On The Horizon
4. Light Of Hope
5. Back For Good
6. Taste Of Love
7. Kiss The Sky
9. A New Heartbeat
10. Making All The Rules
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