|Alter Eden – ‘Tigers And Lambs’ EP (Self-Released)|
|Written by Nick Russell|
|Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:00|
Alter Eden are a Midlands-based four piece who ply their trade in that modern hardcore/alt metal world that exists in today’s metal scene. Their only previous release was the ‘Fearless’ EP, released in 2015. Some two years on from that we have six brand new tracks in the form of the ‘Tigers & Lambs’ EP.
The title track arrives in a hail of jagged jangly riffs, very much the vogue sound of today but with a chorus that sticks with you. ‘Colourless’ has an altogether heavier feel, complete with its discordant riffs but yet another memorable chorus. ‘Resent/Relent/Repeat’ sounds like the mighty Tool, no bad thing in my book.
‘Only Human’ has that a-typical modern sound to it that I’m not keen on, heavy then not heavy, then heavy again, but then it has a few twists and turns and redeems itself. ‘Count Your Sins’ has a mix of melodic and scream vocals, with a guitar part that reminds of a Sabbath song. ‘We’ve Had Enough’ has a very Deftones vibe to it, with a smidgen of Rage Against The Machine thrown in, a nice way to finish.
I have to admit I didn’t want to like this; I know it sounds bad, but I thought “here’s another in the ever increasing long line of modern bands who all sound the same”. And whilst there is an element of that, they have a little bit more about them that I like. I was pleasantly surprised, it was rather good, in a Black Peaks kind of way. Victory well and truly stolen from the jaws of defeat.
‘Tigers And Lambs’ is released this coming Friday (17 February). Alter Eden play an EP release show at The Underground in Stoke that same evening:
They also play the following dates:
Saturday 18 February – Daventry, Rockafellas
Wednesday 22 February – Liverpool, Maguire’s Pizza Bar
Friday 24 February – Metro Bar, Bolton
Saturday 25 February – Wellingborough, Raff’s Bar
Wednesday 8 March – Manchester, Rebellion
Saturday 11 March – Barrow In Furness, The Derby
Sunday 12 March – Bradford, Black Swan
Saturday 18 March – Stowmarket, The John Peel Centre