Alpha Tiger – “iDentity” (Steamhammer / SPV)
A festival favorite having played right across Europe at Hellfest, Bang Your Head and Wacken Open Air, Alpha Tiger’s mix of old school melodic metal is proving irresistible across generations of fans as both new and old lap up the clear, soaring vocals of Stephan Dietrich and the dual virtuoso guitars of Peter Langforth and Alexander Backasch as being the near perfect embodiment of mid 80s metal. With obvious comparisons to early Queensryche and Fates Warning especially in Dietrich’s vocals being highly reminiscent of Geoff Tate on ‘Lady Liberty’, there are also hints of Maiden in the band’s more speedier material like ‘Shut Up & Think’ but equally the use of pianos and synthesizers lends to a more AOR sound on ‘Closer Than Yesterday’, a heavy ballad in the style of Journey or Survivor. Despite their strong take on traditional heavy metal, Alpha Tiger truly shine when these inspirations are made more individualistic on songs like ‘Long Way Of Redemption’ and the defiant ‘We Won’t Take It Anymore’ brought to life by Dietrich’s cool don’t give a shit attitude, which in my opinion are two of the stronger songs on this all important third album. “iDentity” sees them take the bold move out’ve their comfort zone as a fan favorite retro band more into their own stylistic identity, reflected by the modern production and most of all, the band’s central ethos of writing damn fine songs. With a video and a number of spectacular release shows to follow the album launch entitled ‘Alpha Tiger & Friends’, this unassuming band from Freiberg in Saxony have found their own DNA guaranteed to win even more new fans by the bucket load!