Released on this day, 40 years ago, Tygers Of Pan Tang were primed and ready to pounce with 1981’s NWOBHM classic Spellbound, the follow up to their equally impressive debut, Wild Cat.
Home to the thrilling “Gangland”, the muscular might of “Hellbound”, the melodic nous of “Silver and Gold” and the inimitable “Don’t Stop By”, Spellbound is practically a Tygers greatest hits package and the passing of 40 years has done little to dampen its spirit!
The first of two full length Tygers albums to feature guitarist John Sykes – who later joined Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake – Spellbound was also the first album with vocalist Jon Deverill and it appeared as though a new dawn was imminent for a band with enough talent to rival the likes of Def Leppard (not really a NWOBHM band but we’re talking levels of success here), Judas Priest (categorically not a NWOBHM band), Iron Maiden and Saxon.
Despite the quality of Spellbound, the breakthrough to the big leagues didn’t quite happen but the Tygers are still prowling and 2012’s Ambush, 2016’s self titled release and 2019’s Ritual are all outstanding modern NWOBHM albums from a band whose claws are as sharp as ever!
“Silver and Gold”
“The Story So Far”
“Don’t Stop By”