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Alpha Tiger, iDentity (Steamhammer Records)




Alpha Tiger, iDentity (Steamhammer Records)
CD Reviews: January 1, 2015

01/01/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Alpha Tiger, iDentity (Steamhammer Records)

As we’ve discussed on too many occasions, 1970s/1980s metal is still big in Europe, and mostly the lyrical subject matter fixes on a nebulous sort of rebellion, like if the Brady Bunch were yelling at the ticket-taker to let them into Disneyworld. I mean, the Berlin Wall is still down, isn’t it? What’s there to yell about? The answer is, “Well, a lot,” it turns out, being that this quintet are from Saxony, a landlocked area of Germany that enjoys 11 percent unemployment in a good year, unless you’re involved in the silicon or porcelain business, making you a cog in “Silicon Saxony,” as the wiseguys in the Dresden-area microchip business call it. These fellows started out as Riot/Queensryche fanboys in their debut 2011 LP Man Or Machine, but they’ve upped their game to reach for dubious Fates Warning-level glory for this one, which is 90 percent standard Screamy McScreamington self-flagellating and 10 percent Journey-ish ballad (“Closer Than Yesterday,” which isn’t really much of a ballad, just a slower version of the other Number of the Beast-nicking things, with some Hammond organ added so that … um, so that … Regis Philbin will like it or something). Slick, if contrived, and now we can move on with our lives. B- Eric W. Saeger





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