Tiger Army are a rock and roll American band based in Los Angeles, California. Since their arrival in 1996, TIGER ARMY have drawn critical praise from the New York Times, performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had a No. 1 Most Requested Song on influential LA radio station KROQ with the single ‘Forever Fades Away’, not to mention sharing stages with artists such as Morrissey and Social Distortion.
Their latest album is entitled ‘V’ and we have done a track by track review of the release:
1.- The album jumps straight into a prelude “Ad Victorium“ with a very catchy drum beat and a really spellbinding guitar riff throughout, this is a really nice start to the album!
2.- “Firefall“ – The vocals on this track are very nice and well executed, the vocalist has a great melodic voice. The catchy drum beat gets your foot tapping along. Such a great track to start off an album as it gives you a nice feel of the band and a taste of what their music is going to be like for the rest of the album.
3.- “Prisoner of the Night“ is track that at first I thought the song was going to break into Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” but it quickly changes to something far from that presumption. The melody sounds a lot like Elvis though the whole vibe of it is exceptionally positive and a song you could certainly dance along to.
4.- “I am the Moth“ – I liked the start of this track, it does sound like something you’d here in an old western film and for that I find this song intriguing . The vocals are on point and the lyrics are great! Very rock and roll, I love it! I think this has to be my favourite on the album!
5.- “World Without the Moon“ firstly, I’d like to mention that I love the name of this track, it gets your mind thinking before you’ve even heard the first note. The song starts of with a rhythmic guitar riff followed by a persistent drum beat. Once the vocals kicked in, I started to hear the resemblance throughout all of the songs I’ve heard thus far and the it began to feel repetitive with the whole vibe and structure of the song being eerily similar to previous tracks on this album.
6.- “Dark and Lonely Night“ I love the structure of this song, very old school rock and roll and the band stick to that which is what I love! This is a real pick me up in the middle of the album and reignited my interest for the second half of the release.
7.- “Knife’s Edge“ I love the fact that there are other instruments within the track other than the usual guitar, drums etc. The beat of the song is very catchy and it is an extremely well produced song. The combination of this variety of instruments is a step outside Tiger Army’s comfort zone but, it was certainly a worthwhile risk.
8.- “Devil Lurks on the Road“ WOW! Very nice sounding guitar riff!! Followed by a drum beat that makes your ears fall in love with the sound. I definitely like this track!
9.- “Happier Times“ this song sounds a lot like a sample and also like another song they have at the start of their album. Although I do like the lyrics for this track!
10.- “Candy Ghosts“ again this sounds like another song I have heard before, very unoriginal.. It is a very upbeat song which is good but it is another case of being too stuck on the idea of sticking to rock and roll.
11.- “Train to Eternity“ not to sound cheeky but these guys have a very old sound, this is NOT a bad thing, it’s actually the opposite. It fits their genre so well. The melody is very well written for this track and despite some jaded parts in terms of similarity amongst tracks, ‘Train to Eternity’ really does showcase Tiger Army’s best features.
12.- “When The Tide Comes In“ GREAT guitar riff at the start! Already loving this track! The only thing I would say is to stop chanting “oh ho” so much. It becomes repetitive and mares an otherwise anthemic track.
13.- The last track on the album is “In the Morning Light“, the rhythm guitar here is so melodic it soothes your ears. Such a slow song, that trundles along before kicking in a bit towards the end before slowing down again to serve as a great track to end the album!
Overall, throughout this album it does get a bit repetitive. Nonetheless, it was a fairly good listen for me especially as it is not a genre I would normally listen to but it gave me an insight into rock and roll and I liked it! The band definitely stick to their genre and play everything very rock and roll. I love seeing a band stick to their roots so bravo! Most bands change their genre at some point for either monetary gain or get softer with age but when it comes to this band, they’ve maintained their style and still pull it off as good as the first time! 7/10!