Hailing from from the state of Victoria in Australia, Melbourne based Glam Metal-ers Bengal Tigers formed in 1979. They are known as one of the first Australian bands to have ever signed to a major record label - Mushroom Records.
Originally released in 1982 on Mushroom Records, Bengal Tigers', 'Metal Fettish' was re-released as an EP on the Heavy Metal Worldwide label in 1984.The Australian Metal Scene of the day was heavily inspired and influenced by the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, though the Melbourne heavy metal scene at this time was still very underground, and was supported only by a handful of metal music shows on community radio stations
Described by Music Critics as having a traditionally metal sound with a European feel to their music, Bengal Tigers have drawn comparisons and traces of Scorpions, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Anvil and Helix within their simplistic rock sound. Their "defining anthem" is called 'Break and Bend". (Check out the clip below!)
Despite not achieving much commercial success, the band toured widely and were at the time, at the forefront of the small domestic scene within Australia in the 1980s. Bengal Tigers did go on to release additional LPs, EPs, Singles and an album after undergoing a couple of line-up changes before disbanding in 1999.
'Metal Fettish' (1983)
'Break And Bend' (1983)
'Pain Clinic' (1995)
'In The Blood' (1997)
'In One Ear' (1997)
'You Gotta' Fight For Your Right (To Party)' (1998)
Most recently (well 2 years ago actually in 2010) the Bengal Tigers played a reunion show.
Band Members (At the time of HMR Release):
Gordon Heald (Vocals)
Barney Fakhorui (Guitar)
Steven Tyler (Bass)
Mick Egan (Drums)
N/A - Bengal Tigers are defunct.