Tygers Of Pan Tang's new album is the bog-average sound of a band dithering

Bloodlines is the unlucky 13th album from the band formerly known as "NWOBHM legends" Tygers Of Pan Tang

Tygers Of Pan Tang - Bloodlines cover art
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The time has likely come to delete ‘NWOBHM legends’ as a prelude to any mentioning of Tygers Of Pan Tang. Bloodlines is halfway decent, but it could have been recorded by any bog-average Euro-metal mob. 

Put brutally, this is the sound of the band’s founding guitarist Robb Weir dithering about with an assortment of unmemorable sidemen; the red-raw appeal of the Tygers’ early-doors, Jess Cox-fronted line-up is now a very distant memory. Which of course it is.

Problem is, it’s difficult to identify a signature Tygers sound, particularly as they went all AOR on us at one point. The best tracks here have most in common with UFO, notably evocative closer Making All The Rules, with its Mogg-reminiscent lyrics. 

The riotous ’n’ raunchy Back For Good is a standout of sorts; you can genuinely detect a whiff of NWOBHM fever. But when one starts scribbling notes like “nothing to dislike here” you know you’re in trouble.

Geoff Barton

Geoff Barton is a British journalist who founded the heavy metal magazine Kerrang! and was an editor of Sounds music magazine. He specialised in covering rock music and helped popularise the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM) after using the term for the first time (after editor Alan Lewis coined it) in the May 1979 issue of Sounds.