ALPHA TIGER

"Beneath the Surface" (Century Media; 2013)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Alpha Tiger's "Beneath the Surface" is a good, old-fashioned rock'n'roll recording with a 80s hair band sound. However, that is where the comparison ends. For one thing, this band is good ... really good, in fact.

Imagine a vocal style right in line with Klaus Meine from the Scorpions mixed with a bit of Vince Neil from Motley Crue and you get a good idea where Stephan Dietrich stands when it comes to vocals. The rest of the band provides an ideal musical canvas in which Dietrich can paint. When you first starting listening to this CD, you know these dudes know how to put out a great sounding album. Everything is where it's supposed to be (and that in itself is an accomplishment), but when you have all the ducks in order, the overall experience is excellent. There is nothing lacking here.

"Beneath the Surface" is high quality music throughout; however, some of the tracks seems to blend almost too smoothly into each other after a while, but that is a minor complaint and does not detract from the uber coolness of this band.

Alpha Tiger: Alexandre Backasch and Peter Langforth on guitars, Dirk Frei bass and David Schlief on skins.

Check them out on line at http://www.alphatiger.de/en.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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