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Tytan Biography

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Tytan biography

Pretty much immediately upon forming, in the second half of 1981, London-based group Tytan enjoyed an unnatural amount of interest from the U.K.'s heavy metal press, due in no small part to the simple fact that its rhythm section consisted of bassist Kevin "Skidz" Riddles and drummer Dave Dufort -- recently departed from sadly defunct New Wave of British Heavy Metal front-runners Angel Witch. Determined to step out from under the long shadow of Angel Witch main man Kevin Heybourne, the pair quickly augmented their new band with a trio of relatively unknown but experienced musicians in vocalist Kal Swan and guitarists Stevie Gibbs and Stuart Adams before getting down to work composing material. Tytan was patient about getting up on-stage, however, wisely allowing the welcome early press hype to feed itself before finally debuting at a reportedly packed Marquee Club in January of 1982. Not long after, the band (which temporarily featured A II Z guitarist Gary Owens in place of the already ousted Adams) previewed some of their first songs at a taping for the very popular Friday Rock Show, then accepted a contract offer from independent Kamaflage Records. This resulted in a three-song EP, entitled Blind Men and Fools, which was released before year's end and served as a good introduction of the band's still aggressive but rather more melodic heavy rock approach, selling well enough and even charting in most U.K. metal charts of the day. Feeling increasingly optimistic, Tytan continued working on material for their first full album while touring sporadically around the U.K. (with Diamond Head) and Europe (in support of Tygers of Pan Tang), but it was at this point that their thus far fortuitous run suddenly began to go sour. First off there was Dufort's sudden exit, which signaled the start of seemingly endless drummer turnover (including, for a time, ex-Judas Priest and session man Les Binks) that was matched only by the band's similar difficulties maintaining second guitarists alongside Gibbs. Their label, Kamaflage, went out of business, pushing already delicate intra-band relationships to the breaking point, and resulting in Tytan's disintegration before the year was out. Luckily for their fans, most of the band's unreleased songs were eventually cobbled together by Metal Masters and released in 1985 under the title of Rough Justice , thus securing that Tytan's small but worthy contribution to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal wouldn't be completely forgotten.