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Break Out - Ambush Review

The indestructible NWOBHM veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang are back with a new album.

Although the only original member of the line-up is guitarist Robb Weir, by no means are the guys just a tired imitation of yesteryear.

30 years on, two anniversary EPs, the 'The Wildcat Sessions "and" The Spellbound Sessions " on Bands birthday in the penultimate and last year showed that the team with Italian front man Jacopo Mielle does not really need to hide.

And now, almost the same team has recorded "Ambush" with the announcement of new bass player Gav Gray. The Tygers of Pan Tang in 2012 are still what they have always been: crunchy hard rock British traits, without any experiments or other frills. And since the guys have mastered their craft, the songwriting on the eleven tracks is totally convincing, we fortunately get to hear no weak songs, the whole thing is worth the honours. Two companions from the Tygers Of Pan Tang history are also involved in "Ambush". Anyone will recognise the ingenious cover-artwork of Rodney Mathews who has struck gold here, and the producer the band chose being Chris Tsangarides, which has ensured that despite all Tygers tradition the sound is not old-fashioned.

If you're lucky you may find somewhere a limited edition of 300 pieces version of the fan-pack in a black box with mini-poster and guitar pick.

Marco Magin

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