Hint: it isn’t spectacular. Alas, Liverpool’s “(fucking) loud instrumental band”, Alpha Male Tea Party, have had a decisive year, they’ve singed to Big Scary Monsters Recordings and they’ve released their third album, ‘Health’. Just another addition into their five-year discography. By all means, it really isn’t something to be praised nor is it something to be despised – It isn’t exactly a Corey Feldman record; if you have listened to one of Feldman’s albums, only infinite apologies and sympathies can help adjust your situation.
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Nevertheless, ‘Health’ is naturally a journey through ambience with tight packed instrumentals, sprinkled with eight-stringed guitar heavy lines, concluding in ineffective appearances to revitalise the dead joke that was ‘Djent’. And one hundred percent to the yes, that joke should remain dead. It was an embarrassment to the multi-genre metal industry, thanks to all those low-quality internet memes that weaved their way through social-media.
In general, the album is a rather dark turn in the trio’s discography; and they’d always struggled to find a suitable vocalist, leading them onto this branch of tone, which is unbelievably similar to that of Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders’ sound. Throughout each and every single track on ‘Health’, this comparison can be evidently made, although that could be due to the two acts’ love of extra strings?
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In spite of the albums’ conservative sound, there is a layer of consistency, an element which is more of a rarity in terms of progressive music, let alone modern music. With no sudden fluctuations between passion and dreariness, thought provoking tracks can be found, such as the records ambient and euphoria riddled opener, ‘Have You Ever Seen Milk’ or it’s opposite, the closing anthem-like ‘No More’, with its emotive closing lyrics: “I hope you find yourself, I know you’ve lost your way. But I can’t contain myself, when I lose you every day”.
‘Health’ is available now via Big Scary Monsters Recordings. The full-track listing is as follows:
- Have You Ever Seen Milk?
- The Museum of Walking
- Nobody Had the Heart to Tell Him He Was on Fire.
- Don’t You Know Who I Think I Am.
- Powerful and Professional.
- Carpet Diem.
- Some Soldiers.
- I Still Live at Home.
- No More.