ALFAHANNE – Alfapokalyps
- by Peter Loftus
- Posted on 28-01-2014
Alfahanne are probably best described as a rock and roll band with elements of punk, black and classic metal combined. Look at a picture of the band and you’ll probably get the idea before you’ve even heard the music. At times it has a beautiful melodic, early 80’s gothic feel and at other times it brings you to the backroom of a dirty rock club where all the shit is going down.
If you’ve any doubts as to these guys’ pedigree, please note the members were also in Maze of Torment and Vinterland back in the day. On top of that, Niklas Kvarforth from Shining and Hoest from Taake make guest appearances and the album was mixed by Tore Stjerna at the infamous Necromorbus studio. All sounds pretty impressive.
Of course none of that means anything if the songs aren’t up to much and the album sounds like muck. But I am satisfied to report that the ‘aflapokalyptik’ sound totally rocks, capturing the feel of a world gone to ruin with the rowdy swagger of boozed up rockers. The songs are excellent too – well structured verses leading up to rousing and memorable choruses. And an atmosphere that slips over the head like an executioner’s hood…
I have been listening to this release a lot recently and with good reason. It is simply a good place for my ears to be. I am always happy to welcome such a great new act and to my mind this is one of the high points of the black and roll movement to date. In a world where so much music that we hear has been done before, it is amazing to hear a new voice that sounds so fresh and authentic.