Man or Machine
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.
Main lineage is the progressive-power era of the mid-80s
Of the retro bands I've heard, there's one personal favorite style that has been fairly elusive to me. On the new label from famed Harris Johns, I came across the German power of Alpha Tiger, who recently changed their name from the pretentiously gothic Satin Black. AT derives their furthest ancestry from the MAIDEN-head of melodic metal, but their main lineage is the progressive-power era of the mid-80s. The galloping twin guitar leads and high vocals are a ringer for the early John Arch years of Fates Warning. The cover is hokey, but the production transported me way back in time. A must-hear for fans of early Fates and Queensryche!
Recommended for fans of: Fates Warning