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ALPHA LIGHTING SYSTEM

Crossover Prog • Mexico


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ALPHA LIGHTING SYSTEM was formed in Mexico City in 2013. The band members are Alam HERNÁNDEZ, lead vocals, drums and keyboards, Jaco JÁCOME, bass and backing vocals, and Joshua San MARTIN, guitar and backing vocals.

Their debut album, Walking On An Eartlike Planet, produced by Billy SHERWOOD (YES, WORLD TRADE), released in 2015, showcases the group's unique blend of space rock, jazz fusion, and classic prog sounds.

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3.86 | 3 ratings
Walking On an Earthlike Planet
2015
3.83 | 5 ratings
836
2017

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2.05 | 3 ratings
Moon Mirror
2015

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 836 by ALPHA LIGHTING SYSTEM album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.83 | 5 ratings

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836
Alpha Lighting System Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I'm in love with these guys!

Well, since I discovered this band I've been closely following their steps and supporting them, because they demonstrated to be so ambitious and creative, despite being so young. They had the courage to write and share their music to Billy Sherwood, whose trained ears adopted what ALS sent and decided to produce their amazing debut album released back in 2015, and also their second and newest record entitled "836" (which can be also pronounced as BioElectroGenesis), released this 2017 fall.

What these three geek-friends offer is a sci-fi experience in which the music is the main element, but the lyrics tell a story and our minds create the film. I am really keen on them because to be honest, I had never known a Mexican band this young with such big talent. You'll believe me. The music is a blend of symphonic rock with spacey atmospheres and even some psych and metal moments, so be ready for the next 55 minutes divided in 5 tracks, because you'll have a great journey.

The album kicks off with "Spaceport", the shortest track and the introduction to the spacey journey. Here you can feel like being waking up in an unknown place and realizing that what surrounds you have been part of your dreams. This introductory song is completely instrumental, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums creating a solid whole that opens gates to the space and lead us to create pictures on our minds. The spacey-sounds are here and there but the symphonic prog is also evident, though there is also a jazzy feeling here. This track leads to "Alpha Fornacis" which is the first one to have lyrics. Alam Hernández is the main voice but I love how San Martin and Jácome help with those backing vocals. The lyrics might be easy to catch so I am sure you will learn it soon. The sound is calm but while the seconds pass new elements are added. Before reaching the third minute there is a major change, the music vanishes and spacey atmospheres appear and then a new structure is being built up, with that evident symphonic prog made evident mainly by keyboards.

The title track is also the longest one. The climax of the album comes with "Bioelectrogenesis", a challenging and amazing 15-minute composition that show the creativity these guys have, the concept behind the album and even their musical influences. Here there is a chat between a man and its universe, which could by a simile of the inner struggles one can have. There is a funky feeling made by the guitar here, wonderfully complemented by the strong bass, clean and versatile drums and that symphonic-spacey keyboard playing. The first two minutes are a wonderful instrumental introduction and then the encounter begins. There is something I'd like to say, it is not that easy to realize when the Universe speaks and when the Human does, I mean, you can tell by the backing vocals, but it is not that evident. The music is wonderful, I love its changes and different passages, it is like a mini-novel with brief but juicy chapters. After 9 minutes there is a part I love, the music produces a sense of hurry, it becomes faster and more bombastic. The drums are wonderful; maybe at first I didn't realize, but man, it shares so many figures.

"To Rate is to Create" starts softly with a delicate acoustic guitar and keyboards as background. The voice joins after two minutes, and one minute later a completely new structure appears, led by keyboards that create once again a bombastic symphonic sound, with rock guitars and a great bass-drums work. It is extraordinary how they placed the different passages, I mean, there are long moments without lyrics, then they return and disappear and then comeback, all flows naturally in spite of the different changes, which let us know once again how good they are as composers. Extraordinary track!

There is one more (and long) track here, the final part of the journey. It is "Psychosis" which by the way is divided in four parts. I like this one a lot, it is like a representation of our unconscious minds, how we react before the unknown and all what we hide deep inside our thoughts. Musically this is another art rock journey where all the instruments play an equal role, but at the same time all of them have their shot in brief moments, so if you listen carefully you will find some nice bass slaps, cool drumstick games, guitar adding funky and rocky colors and of course the different textures created by keyboards. There is a nice amount of nuances in this track, nuances that actually produce emotions: chaos, nervousness, hurry, calm, salvation, and satisfaction. To listen to this album and Alpha Lighting System's music is something great, a different experience with every new listen, which is something I praise a lot.

Please listen to them and if you like the music, spread the word, I blindly believe they have all to writhe their name in the progressive rock history around the globe. Enjoy it!

 Moon Mirror by ALPHA LIGHTING SYSTEM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
2.05 | 3 ratings

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Moon Mirror
Alpha Lighting System Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars I am so happy to see Alpha Lighting System in PA`s database, because they are a band of young and truly talented musicians whose big effort must be spread to people's ears and souls around the world. They are an eclectic band who play symphonic prog, metal, space and much more, they really know how to blend those genres and also how to use sic-fi within a musical world, so each of they tracks is a complete trip.

Their debut full-length album was release in the first half of 2015 and was produced by Billy Sherwood, something that I would like to highlight because I believe he would not have produced them if the music wasn't great, so please, go and listen to that debut album which is an amazing spacey journey that every single person I know who has listened to it, has had a positive experience.

But this time I am here to review a single entitled "Moon Mirror" which was released on December of the same 2015, a single that can be listened and downloaded via their bandcamp site, by the way. This track also speaks about the universe, the stars, the moon, it also brings that sci-fi feeling to our minds so despite it is a short song one can easily enjoy it. However, I must say that this is my least favorite ALS song so far, which does not mean is bad or something, not at all, but I hadn't felt that love at first sight I had with the songs from their debut album. Now I am looking forward to hear their upcoming album, which I truly believe will make me smile and feel proud of these great Mexican guys.

Now don't pay attention to my rating, because as a reviewer I have my "own rules" which don't allow me to rate releases under 20 minutes with more than 2 stars, unless it is the EP or single of my life.

Enjoy it!

 Walking On an Earthlike Planet by ALPHA LIGHTING SYSTEM album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.86 | 3 ratings

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Walking On an Earthlike Planet
Alpha Lighting System Crossover Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Review originally written for: www.therocktologist.com

It is amazing how a band this young has created such a big album!

Alpha Lighting System is a new Mexican band which I discovered last year while looking for some albums in a store, I saw their album and feel attracted by its cover art, but mainly by a sticker which mentioned that the album had been produced by the same Billy Sherwood, so I did not hesitate and bought it and man, my first reaction while listening to it was "whaaaat?, this is wonderful", so I contacted the band via Facebook and later attended to one of their shows, a show that left me speechless because it was clear that the musicians are equally good as composers and as performers.

This trio of really young guys is composed by Alam Hernández, Jaco Jácome and Joshua San Martin, complemented in their live shows by Juan Gabriel Hernández (Alam's father) who is also a great musician and person. They managed to contact Billy Sherwood, sharing him their sound and concept and as far as I know, he said yes without blinking and participated in the production of Walking on an Earhtlike Planet, their album debut, released on August 2015, which features six songs and a total time of 55 minutes, a progressive rock album that blends its symphonic, space and metal sides, with a concept behind the music, a futuristic concept that talks about a man named Brian Nicole who was chosen to be part of Project 8, a project that collects the most intelligent people in the world and takes them to a planet called Suspiria. So please, besides enjoying the amazing music, pay attention to the lyrics and enjoy this musical sci-fi novel.

The album starts with "Polar Shifts Due to the Change of the Gravitational Pull of the Sun", what a title. A song that soon become one of my preferred here because it is the introduction to the story, and also because since the first moments I could notice that this trio has exquisite talent that I am sure will lead them to further places and successful moments. What first caught my attention was the sound of keyboards, totally in the progressive rock vein, sometimes reminding me of some Neo Prog acts and sometimes some metal oriented ones. The song has also great guitar solos and wonderful bass notes that are always greatly complemented by the drums. Complex, intelligent, challenging, a wonderful song without a doubt.

"A Place Like Home" has a catchier sound, however what I love from this track is that the lyrics are divided in two voices: first The Narrator and later Brian Nicole (the main character), however I must be honest and say that I discovered it until I read the lyrics on the booklet, because actually the two voices are sung by the same main singer, Alam, so maybe a different main singer for a different character would have been better. The song has a softer sound, friendlier and catchy as I've already said, however with the minutes it becomes more and more interesting as well as more complex and addictive. "Blaring Space" is the shortest song with only four minutes. It is like an intermission, a visual track whose spacey sounds will immediately make put images on your mind, it is like a dream, like the same Brian Nicole says.

"The Arrival" is an excellent track, it is crucial on the history and musically it brings one of the most wonderful guitar solos of the albums (minute 5), made of course by Joshua San Martin. Another think I love of Alpha Lighting System is that they get better and better while the minutes pass; for instance in this track the first part did not make me fall in love immediately, but from that solo until the very end I felt trapped under a salad of sounds and floating on a musical universe full of addictive particles.

"Building at 360 Mph" is the longest composition, reaching the 15-minute mark. As you can imagine, here the band delight us with a magnificent blend of elements, musical styles, atmospheres, nuances and textures. It is evident they have developed an own sound and have manage to give the listener an intelligent work of art , which means, at least to me, that they have the potential to become one of the most successful Mexican prog rock bands ever (I am not exaggerating, and I really hope they keep this amazing work). Well, returning to the song, I think with this track they reach the climax of greatness, making me feel terribly excited by the sound, the story and the high expectations I have on them. There are a lot of changes here, so be prepared to a rollercoaster of sounds and emotions made by a young promising band that will make some noise in the near future. You will remember these words.

Last but not least it comes "Side Effect" which believe me, is a superb composition. First class art-rock, progressive rock with a clear modern sound, a blend of symphonic rock with spacey atmospheres and some heavier, metal-oriented tunes. The band has a truly gifted sense of composition, there are no forced passages, all flow and progress naturally in spite of the countless changes in rhythm and mood. Musically they are excellent, each one in their respective instrument doing what they love, that's the formula to success, they complement each other and create a solid song that finishes a truly solid album from a (again) promising band.

This is a wonderful debut, maybe the vocals are their weakest side because I think none of them is a true singer, but well, it does not affect my listening pleasure, because I have been, am and will be happy with this album every single time I listen to it. Congratulations!

Enjoy it!

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