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Aristocrazia - Ambush Review

British Tygers ROAR again, now four years have passed since the publication of the competent "Animal Instinct" and Tygers of Pan Tang continue on with "Ambush". The formation, which sees behind the microphone from 2004 our Jacopo Meille and Robb Weir remained at six-string as a symbol and a leader of the longest serving line-up, is in better shape than ever. This tenth chapter is confirmation of just how good it is listening to the rhythmic arrangements which have become even more "important", the new bassist Gavin Gray, formerly of the Blitzkrieg has taken over from resigned Brian West, and is a great combination alongside the sturdy drumming of Craig Ellis.

After a couple of listens through my stereo system I was fascinated by the way each track is as strong as the next, it is an album which masterly blends hard rock and heavy metal with references to the likes of not only Scorpions, U.F.O. but also AC/DC for feeling and appeal, by combining these certain styles the quintet make it their own. The ease of many of the songs in which to listen and feel could see them end up on a radio circuit, without being able to define anything like "commercial" in the broadest sense of the word sprawl, surprise, a couple are literally breath-taking adventure like the opener "Keeping Me Alive" and its overwhelming six-string workout of Weir and Deano, and a fascinating chorus played with charisma by Meille in "Man On Fire" is nothing short of spectacular. The fact that I mention Mr. Robert Plant as comparison speaks volumes and is not the only song in which I feel that, even "Rock & Roll Dream" gives the impression of having your ear in most circumstances the singer of Led Zeppelin, along with a fantastic solo.

These are not exclusively the two episodes that you witness, capturing the splendour of the early Tygers of Pan Tang is the stunning and old style "She", featuring a wonderful, twisting arrangement including the intervention of castanets, and "Hey Suzie" that could be called the ' ideal of the "Suzie Smiled" contained in the historic debut "Wild Cat" where Jacopo's execution here somewhat reminds me of Mr. Joe Lynn Turner. "Play To Win" stands out for a "chorus" from taking a snapshot and that strangely has some similarity with that of "Salvation" by Cranberries, which makes it particularly fun to hum along to, while "Burning Desire" atmospherically turns out to be the most dark and seductive, the sensations are vivid and once again is the chorus to give not a deja-vu but the mental approach to the likes of Metal Church. There is a sensitivity and an emotional impact at that juncture that made me remember beautiful moments spent listening to albums by
the band.

Produced by Chris Tsangarides, well-known not only for having looked after their first release, impossible not to forget that behind the same man is the masterpiece "Painkiller" by Judas Priest, and with the artwork created for the occasion by Rodney Matthews, author of work with Scorpions and Thin Lizzy, "Ambush" affirms it as being ruthless, aggressive and full of surprises.

It only remains for you to simply go and buy and listen to this new offering from Tygers of Pan Tang, to those who had mistakenly thought they had lost their grip, the Tygers say it clearly here and that you have that very wrong!


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