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Alpha Tiger: Man Or Machine

Alpha Tiger are the second band to be featured on the new Sonic Attack label headed by Karl Walterbach who brought us bands such as Helloween and Kreator through his Noise Records label back in the 80's. Sonic Attack have promised that this will be a label who promote bands in a new and interesting way, focusing on downloads and internet campaigns to run alongside the physical CD releases. Whether that will be the case and how it works will be interesting to find out, however the first thing that really matters is whether the music on offer is going to get people excited enough in the first place. So far, on the strength of the label's initial release, the symphonic speed metal act Pathfinder and this 80's, NWOBHM inspired release from Alpha Tiger, the answer is not quite. There's nothing wrong with Man Or Machine, which is the first album to be released under this band name (they released Harlequin as Satin Black two years ago), but there's also not much that really sets Alpha Tiger apart from the slew of acts currently pillaging from this scene.

There's no doubting though that the five musicians who make up Alpha Tiger are capable of rocking up a storm and the likes of the twin guitar attack of "Against The Time" and the staccato riffing of "Exit: Night" are prime examples of hugely melodic metal, with soaring solos and tight arrangements, but there is very little else that really makes you sit up and take notice. Singer Stephan Dietrich has an amazing range and his ability to reach the stratosphere with his voice, sets him out as an undoubted talent. However all too often he relies on his piercing scream to make his mark and the lack of variety makes for a bit of a one dimensional end result. Rather than impress, the banshee wail loses impact when used so often and I for one would rather hear him use it as an eye catching punch to a more consistent approach.

I'd be lying if I suggested that there isn't much to enjoy on Man Or Machine, but I would also be slightly wide of the mark to say that there's quite enough to keep you continually coming back for more on a regular basis. A solid, if unspectacular start for both band and label but I'm sure that the two have the potential to deliver much more in the future.

Track Listing
1. Starriders
2. Crimson Desert
3. Man Or Machine
4. When Autumn Leaves Fall
5. Against The Time
6. Martyr's Paradise
7. Karma
8. Exit: Night
9. Black Star Pariah

Added: May 17th 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Alpha Tiger
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Language: english

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