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This is, hands down, the Tygers most solid and unswerving release in retrospect to their later filler soaked duds. The composition embodies the unrefined attitude and ferocity of the NWOBHM movement completely, pre-dating many other musicians’ songwriting that would later take claim to the genre.
Although the writing is rather formulaic and repetitive at times – it still clearly represents positive consistency that is unwavering, ballsy, and vicious in comparison with many of the band’s contemporaries during the time. Though commercial, “The Story So Far” is an extremely well-crafted and catchy track while the adrenaline fused guitar work and speed of “Hellbound” will surely have your head moving.
Killer riffage, speed, and wild guitar licks culminate into one great listen! Ignoring the expected ballad track, “Mirror”, Tyger of Pan Tang’s “Spellbound” is a lean, no bullshit approach to heavy metal that is a great addition to any collection.
Very surprised to see so few Tygers reviews on this site...oh well. SPELLBOUND is a great record, period. Not only does it feature the amazing guitar work of John Sykes (soon to graduate to Thin Lizzy) but some killer tunes as well. "Gangland" is as heavy and brash as the NWOBHM gets, and even the melodic, slightly commercial "The Story So Far" is a killer tune. Really the whole album is very consistent, and the band's reputation as legends of their particulat scene is well deserved. Yeah, it's true the band kinda sold out from this point on, offering poppy metal releases that embarassed their hardcore fanbase (like me) but rest assured that WILD CAT, CRAZY NIGHTS, and SPELLBOUND are excellent NWOBHM that belongs alongside anything by Tank, Raven, Atomkraft, or Samson had to offer!