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.
About this Writer: Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.
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