|Review: Alpha Tiger - Alpha Tiger|
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 14, 2018
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)
Alpha Tiger is a German band that's gone with the self-titled approach for their fourth full-length. I've missed all their prior releases, so I had no preconceived notions but I really wasn't expecting this much Uriah Heep worship. Alpha Tiger's earlier albums seem to have featured power metal of one stripe or another and that is still somewhat apparent here, but the noticeable presence of Hammond organ and slow, doomy, almost occult-rock songwriting mixed in with modern power metal give it a late 70s, prog rock flavor in spots. The vocals are still strong (even though the band has changed singers) as is the guitar work but the songwriting isn't all that captivating. Some of the choruses work ("To Wear a Crown") while others are clunky ("Feather in the Wind" "Welcome to Devil's Town"). I applaud the band for pushing the envelope and if something somewhere between Uriah Heep and, say, early Labyrinth sounds appealing, give it a listen.
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