Tygers of Pan Tang’s “Ritual” was released almost two weeks ago and the reception has been great. They entered the Rock Charts in the UK in #23, whereas with last album they had entered to #24. In the vinyl sales chart in Denmark, “Ritual” went straight into #4. This reflects both the quality of the album and the dynamic of the band, which has been on tour for the last few weeks.
“Ritual” is out now in CD, vinyl LP, various bundles and digital. It can be ordered here:
Titled “Ritual”, the album features 11 new songs.
Vocalist Jack Meille states about the new release:
“Making an album is some kind of ritual. There is something sacred in writing songs as nobody can really tell where the inspiration for a riff or a melody comes from. You can never tell when it’s the right time to write a song and you can allow yourself to be inspired; it’s like embracing the energies of all members and being connected” .
The band worked on the songs for over a year, constantly revisiting and revising their ideas which coalesced in what the band feel is their best album since the revered “Spellbound”.
Guitarist Micky Crystal states this about the new release and the album title:
“Coming up with the album title was a tricky one as we had all made a conscious effort to not have it be a song title which we felt would steer the listener in the direction of that particular song. We feel that we have an album of songs where each one stands up on its own merit. The one title that we all feel captures the vibe of this album as well as the Tygers was “Ritual.”
Following on three years from the critical success of their eponymous titled album “Tygers of Pan Tang” the record is currently being supported by international touring throughout the UK and Europe. Additionally, plans are in hand to play Australia and make a return visit to Japan.
Original Tyger Robb Weir, whose vision put the band at the forefront of the NWOBHM, feels that with this album is a true successor to those heady days and reflected.
Robb Weir states this about the new release:
“Every album you set out to create is special. “Ritual” is just that bit extra special! It’s taken two studio postponements, but we now have the right result….a claw ripping, gigantic sabre tooth Tyger kind of an album which you’re gonna love! Don’t be shy to say you think it’s the best… because it is!”
The release was preceded by the single “White Lines” on 12” vinyl, the ‘b’ side of which celebrated 40 years since the release of the first Tygers song “Don’t Touch Me There” with Fred Purser and Soren Andersen joining the band on guitar. Two more songs were since then released from the album: “Damn You” and “Destiny”.
07.03 Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Düsseldorf (DE) (w/ Saxon, Doro & Diamond Head)
25/27.06 Rock The Night Festival (ES)
29.08 Stonedead Festival, Newark, (ENG)