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Tigertailz: Bezerk 2.0

For British headbangers Tigertailz, it's as if the Nineties never happened. Sure, these guys had their biggest hit with "Heaven" from 1990's Bezerk, released by Music For Nations and played on MTV. But they sounded more like the glammed-up hair-metal warriors that dominated music during the second half of the previous decade. Now, 16 years after Bezerk, comes Bezerk 2.0. "It is a musical continuation of the original album, and most of these songs would be at home on that album, as well," says singer Kim Hooker (who still wears white face paint) in some of the album's promotional materials. Indeed, with three of the band's four original members intact, Bezerk 2.0 is loaded with hairy anthems, monster riffs and massive choruses. Just listen to "One Beat of Your Heart," "Make Me Bleed" and the power ballad "I Believe." (But try to forget that the pre-chorus to "For Hate'z Sake" rips off Slaughter's "Up All Night.") The cover plays off of the artwork for the original Bezerk, and the production is synthetic and sterile just like most slick Eighties pop-metal records. There are a few sonic nods to modern tehnology, but most of Bezerk 2.0 is as dated as the band's name. That said, who really cares if these songs aren't relevant today? The fact that these guys have picked up where they left off, with little hope of commercial success, is admirable. You can hear them having a blast, and it's infectious. By the time this hour-long disc plays out, you might find yourself wanting to dig around and find more obscure hair metal maybe even some vintage Tigertailz records.

Track Listing:
1) Bezerk
2) Do It Up
3) One Beat Of Your Heart
4) I Believe
6) Falling Down
7) Make Me Bleed
8) Get Real
9) Annie'z Gone
10) For Hate'z Sake
11) Sugar Fever
12) Dirty Needlez
13) Band Interview (U.S. Bonus Track)

Added: December 4th 2006
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: WTO Records
Hits: 2652
Language: english

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