Tygers of Pan Tang are an institution unto themselves. Founded in the late 1970s during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Movement, they inspired bands such as Metallica, Megadeth and Kreator, and they helped shape a genre to the point that many popular artists were inspired to get into heavy metal, a genre often derided by the mainstream.
During the 1980s, the band released albums that debuted in the top forty in Britain on a consistent basis. After a brief hiatus, they returned at the turn of the century and continued their success, releasing more albums of high quality material.
Though they might not have experienced the same sort of fame and music journalist kudos as bands such as Iron Maiden did, they were and continue to be one of the hardest working bands in the metal scene, and their latest album Ritual shows just why they have such a devoted fanbase. Their songs are of a high quality and resonate with people, and as musicians that is the highest praise you can get.