- 'Ambush (2020 Reissue)' Review by
With Animal Instinct, the Tygers
Of Pan Tang offered a decent
album. This effort had the
primary merit of presenting the
Italian singer Jacopo Meille.
So, it’s a confident, ambitious
and tight-knit band that recalls
the legendary Chris Tsangarides
to produce what will be the
Tygers' 10th album. The name
Ambush is inspired, according to
Robb Weir, by the name given to
a group of tigers in the wild.
We also welcome a brand-new
bassist Gavin Gray who will
bring a lot of groove and a new
added value to the combo.
As you will understand, the
united team will therefore offer
an album superior to the
previous one. Without denying
its identity, the Tygers Of Pan
Tang paid particular attention
to the melodies while retaining
the energy that is its hallmark.
In fact, the "Keeping Me Alive"
start gets everyone in the mood.
It's clean, well put together
and most of all addicting from
the first listen. Other songs
are doing well, such as this
excellent "Rock & Roll Dream"
with an infectious groove
carried by the very good bass
lines of Gavin Gray. The other
great moment is their "She",
with lyrics dedicated to a woman
making over her life with
another man and the harm it
does. We will notice a first
remarkable flamenco solo which
will launch the second solo with
the electric guitar this time.
"Play To Win" is an incisive,
NWOBHM typed tempo that
contrasts with all the other
mostly mid-tempo tracks.
"Burning Desire" has her eye
more towards hard melodic, a
genre of which the Tygers Of Pan
Tang are far from being the
clumsiest. The chorus and vocal
lines are particularly neat.
“Hey Suzy” is another infectious
groove track once again carried
by Gavin Gray's bass and Robb
Weir's talkbox. "Speed" ends on
a quick note (ah shit ... you
guessed this one) effective
because she is one of the
beautiful heirs to Wildcat and
In 2020 the album was remastered
by Henrik West. The production
here gains in depth and energy
while being respectful of the
work of Chris Tsangarides. The
interesting addition is the
mid-tempo bonus track "Cruel
Hands of Time" at least as good
as the 11 tracks from the
original track listing. Finally,
3 live samples will be offered
as a dessert for all those who
adore this very good Ambush.
This Ambush is therefore the
album that will seriously revive
business by putting the Tygers
back on track once and for all.
Their Tygers Of Pan Tang (2016)
and especially Ritual (2019)
will drive the point home by
confirming the vivid form of