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Bleeding 4 Metal - 'Ritual' Review

Not long ago, I was allowed to travel back in time to review the revived recording of the second tour date of the Hellbound Spellbound tour in "Nottingham Rock City", so the album "Ritual" is a great opportunity to stretch the bow over the more than forty years of a great band, which unfortunately never really had the great success.

In fact, the TYGERS had unofficially dissolved in the late '80s and there was nothing left to be heard from the band for several years. An invitation to Wacken then revived them in 1999, and so Robb Weir gathered new comrades and started to record albums again. "Ritual" is, if I have not counted, now Studio album number twelve. No productive cut, but what matters is the quality. And there's nothing wrong with that on the new album. The opener 'Worlds Apart' knows how to catch cool riffs and great vocals. With the Italian Jacopo Meille, the British have a really strong singer on board. Robb Weir joins in the six-stringed newcomer Mickey Crystal, and Gavin Gray on bass and Craig Ellis, who has been in the band for almost twenty years, are responsible for the rhythm. Titles like 'Destiny' are also hit songs, and 'Raise Some Hell' and 'Spoils Of War' - although not a fast song - have real potential. At least when you know that, you think you can hear that the origins of the band are in the era of NWOBHM, of course, given the almost completely rejuvenated cast, it's more nostalgic than real. Back then as now, however, it can be said that the style of the band can be found in the intersection between Hard Rock and classic Heavy Metal. All in all, this is smoother today than the early work from the 80s, the producer giving the songs a terrific, punchy sound.

Gentle tones also dominate the purring Wildcats, impressively proven by the ballad 'Words Cut Like Knives'. The last quieter title 'Love Will Find A Way' does not convince me completely, but I was rewarded by the last two tracks of the album, 'Damn You!' (thematically overlapping with 'Words Cut Like Knives') and the great 'The Art Of Noise'. This could have been over for my taste, but the band then says goodbye with the epic title 'Sail On', which holds the balance between "hymn-like" and "cliché". Maybe I'm too critical. But it does not touch me as much as other tracks on the album. The climax with guitar solo is still great.

With "Ritual", Jacopo has betrayed Meille, the TYGERS OF PAN TANG refer to the "ritual" processes while working on a title or an album, from which a band draws their creative moments. With the TYGERS these rites work, and I hope that they maintain their creativity for a long time and thus compose more great albums.

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