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Review: Alpha Tiger - iDentity
Alpha Tiger

Label: SPV
Year released: 2015
Duration: 49:27
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: August 13, 2015
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

I rather liked the debut from these young Germans, even though it took a while to click with me. I missed their second one, so the gulf between Man Or Machine and iDentity seems pretty wide to me. Alpha Tiger used to be about USPM with a touch of old school Helloween, but here they sound an awful lot like the cockier cuts from recent Edguy, with a bit of Pink Bubbles-era Helloween thrown in, which is not a good thing, believe me.

For some reason, they’ve traded in their retro formula for hard rocking tunes about (gasp) real life issues, and there in lies the problem. I’m supposed to be busting out my battle jacket and throwing the horns to these tunes, but instead I’m dancing in a nightclub trying not to spill my drink on the chick in the corset I’m obviously ogling. I miss the wailing vocals; I miss the twin guitar harmonies. Just listen to "Long Way Of Redemption". What the hell is this White Wizzard shit? The guitar tone is lousy, way too light and packing zero punch; the vocals are well done but auto-tuned to fuck, and the melodies? Has someone been listening to Bonfire?

Most of the points I’ve given here are for opener "Lady Liberty", which actually kicks quite a bit of ass with a chorus that sounds like Alpha Tiger going at it full belt. After that the album shows occasional promise (the opening riff for "We Won’t Take It Anymore" is damn cool), but then they rape the shit out of their own ideas with a bunch of arrogant, cock rock posturing. If this album represents Alpha Tiger’s true identity as they see it, then you can discard their first two albums as meaningless, facetious garbage.

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