Suicide By Tigers – Suicide By Tigers (Smilodon)

Genre: Heavy Blues Rock

In the week Glenn Hughes proudly posted pictures of Black Country Communion beginning work on album number four, it’s somewhat ironic that the natural follow-up to 2012’s Afterglow is right here, right now.

Dripping with authentic blues in the mould of classic Free, this deliciously expansive debut by four super cool Swedes (is there no genre this nation of rock heroes can’t nail?) should – at the very least – bag Suicide By Tigers a support slot on 2017’s BCC tour.

Opener Death On Your Trail is both dark and enlightening. It offers an early flavour of the mouthwatering treats to come and introduces frontman and lyricist Nils Lindström as a seriously intriguing individual. Often echoing Hughes at his incendiary best, the convincing Scandinavian boasts a range made for reprising blues rock’s rich aural history.

Monumental lead single Vicious Malicious cements SBT’s reputation but it’s not their finest hour. That honour goes to track number five: Fox In A Hole‘s almost simplistic chorus is juxtaposed alongside layer upon layer of mind-bending melody: imagine Thin Lizzy covering Taste at a Deep Purple convention.

This self-titled debut is, at times, dazzling. If Petter Rudnert’s riffs sound this good in the studio then catching Sweden’s latest guitar hero live promises to be a genuine treat…

RUSHONROCK RATED: 9/10 Tigers Got Claws