The 10 Greatest Releases from the North East New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NENWOBHM)!
That's quite the mouthful!
Tygers Of Pan Tang – Spellbound (1981)
- “Take It”
- “Silver and Gold”
- “Tyger Bay”
- “The Story So Far”
- “Don’t Stop By”
The Tygers Of Pan Tang were primed and ready to pounce on 1981’s 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,
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 Leppard (not really a NWOBHM band but we’re talking success levels here), Priest (categorically not a NWOBHM band), Maiden and Saxon.
The breakthrough to the big leagues didn’t quite happen but the Tygers are still prowling and 2012’s Ambush and 2016’s self titled release are outstanding modern NWOBHM albums from a band refusing to bow out quietly!
Hi. The Hollow Ground tracks on the Roksnax album aren’t the same four from the ‘Warlord’ EP (those tracks were Flying High/Warlord/Rock On/Don’t Chase The Dragon). Apologies if this has been pointed out before.
I mention it only because I was lucky enough on Saturday to find a copy of the original EP on Guardian with the picture cover.