01. Prelude: Call Of The Ghost Tigers
02. Towards Destiny
04. Power Of Moonlite
05. When Night Comes Down
06. Grey Dawn Breaking
07. Cupid's Victim
08. Valley Of Dreams
10. In The Orchard
11. Under Saturn's Shadow
13. Remembered Forever
10/15/2007Forever Fades Away
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II: Power Of Moonlite
"The Power Of Moonlite" gives the "Psychobilly" scene a kick-in-the-ass it has long needed. Front man Nick 13's classic voice is like a bolt of lighting from the past as he bellows over extremely heavy bass lines and thunderous drums. Tracks like "Incorporeal" and "The Power Of Moonlite" hold furious tempos and display Nick's truly unrivaled vocal talent. Tiger Army has managed to capture an anomaly of rhythm and energy on this album. Joining the band, as guests on the record are Davey Havok of A.F.I. and Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman of Rancid. "The Power Of Moonlite" adheres to no one standard or genre; basically it defies classification and subsequently eludes a satisfactory description.
II: Power Of Moonlite
Produced by Nick 13
Recorded at Grandmaster Studios (Hollywood, Ca) January, 2001
Engineered by Andrew Alekel
Engineering assistant: Chad Essig
Vocals recorded at Art of Ears (Hayward, Ca)
Engineered by Andy "Andro" Ernst and Nick 13
Mastered at Oasis Mastering by Gene Grimaldi
Drum tech: Mike Fasano Guitar tech: Mike Cornwall (Silverlake Guitar)
Additional musicians: Slide guitar on "Power of Moonlite" by Lars Frederiksen
Pedal steel guitar on "In the Orchard" by Greg Leisz
Keyboard on "When Night Comes Down" by Nick 13
Additional vocals by Davey Havok on "Power of Moonlite", "Annabel Lee," "Grey Dawn Breaking" and "Under Saturn's Shadow" (Davey Havok appears courtesy of Nitro Records)
Additional vocals by Matt Freeman and Lars Frederiksen on "Power of Moonlite" and "Towards Destiny"
Photos by Kristin Geisler
Web by Kresge
Graphics slapped together by Sergie
Art direction by Nick 13
Visit the official Tiger Army website: www.tigerarmy.com
Tiger Army would like to thank all those who assisted in the creation of this album or have helped us along the way- we wish there was enough space to name you all. Special thanks to our families, Tim Armstrong, Brett Gurewitz, Chris LaSalle & the entire staff at Hellcat/Epitaph, all our brother & sister Hellcat bands, Joe & Shannon Fish, Ron Emory & TSOL, AFI, RANCID, NERVE AGENTS, DISTILLERS, NEKROMANTIX, Batboy, SR & DB, Machete Crew, Steve Heckle, Zombie Wrecking Crew (SoCal), psychos worldwide and every last person who shows support for what we do in any way.
If you stand with us, you are one of us- Tiger Army Never Die
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US Rel. Date: 07/24/2001
EU Rel. Date: 07/10/2001
Power of Moonlite is a darkly symbolic album with an intellectual flair. The wonderful gothic imagery and lyrics that draw from writers such as William Blake and Edgar Allen Poe adds a depth to the album which is intensified by the unique sound.
Released by the same record label as Rancid and Nerve Agents, they have a distinct punk sound with a gothic theme. The use of a stand up bass instead of an electric bass give them a rockabilly influence kind of like a more abrasive version of The Stray Cats. Though they aren't doing much strutting, Tigers don't strut!
Darkness is the theme and all the feelings and images that go along with it. Tiger Army addresses such feelings as despair, spirituality, anger, loss, and resentment. The imagery that Tiger Army incurs is classic. They talk of a hopeless lover walking through a graveyard to find the ghost of his lost love, cupid shooting an arrow at a hesitant and angry victim, gaining strength from the ancient wisdom of the moon, and walking through a forest as the seasons change. The power of Moonlite is a romanticized look at the deeper and dreamier parts of the psyche.
The song "Annabel Lee" is especially impressive for it is based on a poem by Edgar Allen Poe. A man cannot forget his lost lover and begs to be released from being "forever trapped by the memories in the sepulchre of his heart." Nick 13's vocals bring the song to life with his pleading intonations.
"Orchard" features a slide guitar plus rising and falling falsetto vocals, which gives it a relaxed country music sound. The song "Under Saturn's Shadow" was a song I could truly relate to since I'm a Capricorn (which is ruled by Saturn). It talks of trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel but it gets harder day by day. Finally you get to the point that you can't function and you feel powerless to fight it but you must wait, because like a shadow, it will pass.
Power of Moonlite is a nice surprise! The music is melodic, expressive, and driving. The lyrics are well written and poetic. The intellectual spin on the lyrics was extremely refreshing and it sparked my imagination. The theme of the moon in all it's ancient wisdom invoking your soul to rise up and gain strength is a powerful image.
If you like the idea of combining The Stray Cats, Poe, and Bad Religion, this would be your album!
What makes psych outfit Tiger Army different from the others is that they are songsmiths (or, more specifically, singer Nick 13 is). Obsessed with the noir undercurrent that is the meat of all Americana, from the music of the Misfits to the movies of David Lynch or John Ford, N13 and Tiger Army ride those minor chords and bleak themes like a steed into the final battle. From the semi-instrumental that opens this record, through the anthemic "Towards Destiny," sing-alongs like "Incorporeal," and the Danzig-meets-the-Clash title track, this disc plays like a soundtrack to a thousand imagined Westerns.
Stripped down and to the point, with shapely songs that don't turn their themes into mush, Tiger Army are a mishmash of some of the best music of the last 45 years, from Eddie Cochran to the Damned to the Meteors. Fans of the twang will be in ecstasy, the rest of the world pleased onlookers.
Average Fan Rating: 5.00