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Metalitalia  - 'Ritual' Review by Roberto Guerra

Still heavy metal and still inevitably Great Britain, but also with a light sprinkling of Italy! The Tygers Of Pan Tang fall by right among those bands, belonging to the well-known 'new wave of British heavy metal', which remained anchored to the figure of a single musician: in this case the flamboyant English gentleman who bears the name of Robb Weir, the whose role on the six-string has remained virtually unchanged since the early days of the band to this day.
The last albums of the British line-up have practically made all the defender enthusiasts agree with their very honest quality, and also for this reason the expectations towards the new "Ritual" still stand on levels that are not exactly negligible, also because of the presence of the nice Jacopo Meille behind the microphone, our pride among the Anglo-Saxon ranks for more than fifteen years now. The initial "Worlds Apart" with its gritty main riff and its medium aggressive gait seems to provide a discrete kick-off, albeit not particularly exciting, for what looks like a metallic album, but also rocking and catchy; this is further accentuated in the subsequent "Destiny", which in a couple of moments seems to make slight digressions in modern rock in the Foo Fighters style and the like, and in the decidedly more 'octantian' "Rescue Me", very much in line with the stylistic features of a hard rock almost more Swedish than English. Completely surprising, the cutting edge "Raise Some Hell" and the more rhythmic "Spoils Of War" project us back to the masterpiece "Spellbound": the first thanks to a guitar work so derivative, but also damn exciting, which becomes the protagonist together with the tight rhythmic and the excellent vocal compartment, while the second one through a very apt use of the variations and a sort of old school essence in the melodic lines. The typically British Tygers Of Pan Tang style, despite the aforementioned digressions, is more alive than ever in "White Lies", which reminds us almost of the Whitesnake compatriots in name and musicality, and in the touching ballad "Words Cut Like Knives", the which made us shed a tear or two, especially during the first few plays. The combination "Damn You!" / "Love Will Find A Way" best represents the dual nature of this album, which goes smoothly from four sharp and roaring minutes, to as many decidedly more melodic and cantabile, in line with a song AOR of the most romantic. After a literally noisy "The Art Of Noise", comes the final suite "Sail On", unsettling thanks to its completeness and variety, moving from a decidedly more intuitive gait to a real heavy metal shot in the final minutes, thus providing a a worthy conclusion to the so-called 'ritual' which has accompanied us for about an hour now.
We are definitely facing an album that takes longer than expected to get going, given the not overly convincing quality of the initial stages; however, it resumes as a Triumph three-cylinder engine as soon as the rock engine comes into pairs, with a class and elegance that is truly enviable within today's landscape. Between hard rock and heavy metal made in the UK, with some more or less appreciable drift in various related fields, in this "Ritual" there are really many ideas that can make the listener enjoy classic and exquisitely British style, without forgetting that the frontman comes from our undervalued boundaries, a value that makes it all the more exciting in its own way. Promoted without second thoughts.

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