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Flying Tigers by White Wizzard
Released: Nov 2011
Label: Earache Records Ltd
Barely recognizable personnel-wise from just two years before, these '80s-obsessed Pasadenans go the D&D route on their second full-length -- in this case, Dio and Dokken, or "Demons and Diamonds," though a few dragons do take flight. There's also Atlantis, pyramids, sci-fi and, in the title cut, WWII air squadrons. That song soars OK, as do ones about L.A. nights, Tokyo night trains and night stalkers. But older lineups had more fun, and despite some sweet solos, these guys don't quite manage the dynamics, hooks or grooves to support their overly ambitious mythic ideas.

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