An old rule says that musicians usually write their best material when they leave all commercial considerations; market analyses and the public’s supposed expectations aside and simply follow their innermost artistic instinct. Which is precisely how Alpha Tiger from Freiberg in Saxony went about writing and recording the most recent oeuvre, and the result is an offering that’s as impressive as it is surprising: the latest, self-titled release sounds rock-oriented and melodic, anthemic and diverse, and – thanks to its completely analogue production – wonderfully organic. “This is the album that I’ve always wanted to make,” explains Peter Langforth, the band’s guitarist and songwriter. “It’s definitely our most mature and grown-up release to date.”
Mind you, the omens didn’t seem to bide all that well, seeing that Alpha Tiger had to come to terms with the departure of their previous vocalist immediately after the completion of the 2015 album “iDentity.” Luckily the short, intense search via social media produced the solution to the problem, a kind of singing savior named Benjamin Jaino.
Jaino joined Alpha Tiger in summer 2015 and immediately underwent a real endurance test: without much time for preparations, he found himself performing live on stage alongside his new colleagues Langforth, Alexander Backasch (guitar), Dirk Frei (bass) and David Schleif (drums) only a few weeks after his enlistment, supporting Alpha Tiger shortly afterwards on their joint European tour with Battle Beast. “This way, Benjamin had already fifty shows with us under his belt when we started working on the new album. So we knew what to do to make the new material suit his voice,” Langforth describes the challenge that the band faced and praises the new band member’s commitment: “Benjamin identifies totally with Alpha Tiger and delivered an awesome performance at the studio. His vocals are full of emotion, he literally screamed his heart out.”
“Alpha Tiger” will be available at physical and digital stores from August 25th on CD Digi (+ poster), 2LP plus CD, download and stream, before that the new digital single and video for “Comatose” will be released by the end of June.
The album was recorded and mixed by Richard Behrens, guest musicians were organist Johannes Walenta and Berlin bands Street Hawk and Space Chaser (the choir vocals on ´My Dear Old Friend` & ´Singularity`). “It had always been my dream to record an album totally analogue with a real tape machine,” confesses Langforth, who struck lucky at Berlin’s Big Snuff Studio. “We’d rehearsed the material ad nauseam beforehand and then recorded all basic tracks practically live. This way, we’ve come up with a record that we’re all totally happy with and that’s honest and hand-made in the true sense of the word.” No doubt about it: the band’s fans will be just as happy!
The track listing is as follows:
1. Road To Vega 02:05
2. Comatose 05:09
3. Feather In The Wind 05:35
4. Singularity 04:20
5. Aurora 04:56
6. To Wear A Crown 04:57
7. Vice 04:40
8. Welcome To Devil’s Town 05:44
9. My Dear Old Friend 05:56
10. If The Sun Refused To Shine 05:53
11. The Last Encore 04:54