Bengal Tigers

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Bengal Tigers
OriginMelbourne, VIC
GenresHeavy metal
Years active1979 - 1985, 1989 - 1999, 2010 - present
Associated actsAxatak
MembersBarney Farouhki, Gordon Heald, James R Power, Mick Egan
Past membersYuri Linzew, Keith Peter-Budge, Steve Tyler

Band members

  • Line-up
    • Mick Egan (drums)
    • Barney Faroukhi (guitar)
    • Gordon Heald (vocals)
    • James R Power (bass)
  • Former members
    • Keith Peter-Budge (guitar) 1989 - 1999
    • Yuri Linzew (guitar) 1989 - 1992
    • Steve Tyler (bass) 1979 - 1983

Band information

Bengal Tigers is a classic metal band from Melbourne that formed in 1979. Developing a similar sound to that of European metal bands like the Scorpions and Judas Priest, the group was signed by Mushroom Records and released a single and an EP in 1983, putting them at the forefront of the tiny domestic metal scene of the time. While these releases met with little significant commercial success, the band toured widely. One-time Axatak member Yuri Linzew replaced Faroukhi in 1989, although he had re-joined by 1992.

While adopting a more glam image toward the end of the 80s, Bengal Tigers maintained their Priest-like style. From the mid 90s they issued a string of self-financed releases including an album, an EP and a cover of the Beastie Boys’ Fight for Your Right (to Party) but after Keith Peter-Budge left in 1999 the Bengal Tigers disappeared. In recent years, the Tigers have again re-appeared in a four-piece format of Faroukhi, Heald, Power and Egan, and the band continues sporadically to the present.



1997 In the Blood S&M


1983 Break and Bend Mushroom
1997 In One Ear S&M
1998 (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party) S&M


1983 Metal Fetish Mushroom
1995 Pain Clinic S&M