Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Alpha Bootis - Stowaway Ants

 


Alpha Bootis are a self proclaimed 'Space Synth Disco Metal' band whose new EP features two originals about a group of ants who take part in an interstellar journey plus a cover of 'Every Breath You Take'. Yes - it is every bit as goddamn awesome as I just made it sound. Alpha Bootis share a lot with early 2010s Euro power metal bands. That is to say there's a big cheese factor, massive choruses and lots of melodies. That being said - they're great at it and it makes their music a blast to listen too. There is a dramatic and powerful poetry to this music and its a joy. 

Though this EP barely clocks over 10 minutes one gets the sense that it is much longer. There's just so much content and so many ideas within each song. These tracks are just a lot of fun to dig into and grandiose imagery of Prometheus conflates directly with over the top exultations of how ants can 'pull their weight.' Yes - some of these elements are tongue in cheek, but isn't most sci fi after a certain point? Isn't that what helps to make these songs so much fun and keep us so addicted to the power metal genre? Alpha Bootis do an impressive job of fusing different genres into something that is lighthearted and delightful, how could you not fall in love with it? 

There is a delightful sense of drama to this EP, and it really speaks to all that Alpha Bootis can be. Yes what they do is a little bit silly, but that's kind of the point. They understand the feverish joy of their sound and they want to bring all their fans along for the ride, to revel in the magic and understand that Space Synth Disco Metal is in fact a genre and it is a goddamn blast. It's such a pleasure to really immerse yourself into the band and come to terms with the fact that they are incredibly goddamn talented and a band you can't help but want to spend more time with. 

Find them on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Alphabootisband/

Buy The Album!

https://alphabootisband.bandcamp.com/album/stowaway-ants-ep 

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