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Alpha Tiger
Man or Machine
Type: CD
Company: Sonic Attack
Release: 2011
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published: 11/15/2011
Like early Blind Guardian, Fates Warning, and Gamma Ray
This German power metal act existed for four years as Satin Black. That version of the band released one album, ‘Harlequin’, before switching out their inventory (sans drummer) to Alpha Tiger. The group signed to Noise Records subsidiary Sonic Attack for ‘Man or Machine’, their official debut. Those looking for that auriferous region of 80s’ Germany should find an absorbent amount of entertainment here. Alpha Tiger are like the second coming of Teutonic metal, this one playing like early Blind Guardian, Fates Warning and Gamma Ray welded together with the most powerful production standards. Vocalist Stephan Dietrich is of the high register variety, similar to other throwback bands like Enforcer and Steelwing. The Japanese version of the album, courtesy of Rubicon, contains a live cover of ‘Queen of the Reich’. Fitting.
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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2011
Eric Compton11/15/2011


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