The best advice to give someone going through hell is often as simple as “keep going.” The men of ALPHAMEGA built themselves from the ruins of false starts and broken promises, persevering through bad luck and failed relationships to create massive anthems of passion and authenticity.
Unbound by genre limitations, crackling with urgency, ALPHAMEGA channel the most potent elements of modern rock to summon a sound bold enough to guide through an uncertain future.
Drawing upon the fearless grit and massive hooks of genre giants like Avenged Sevenfold and Shinedown, blended with a heaping helping of influential, melodic European metal acts like In Flames and Soilwork, the California crew quickly established a new hard rock sound of their own.
“It’s all about making the best of bad situations,” insists ALPHAMEGA vocalist Adam Ryan. The band is fond of saying, “beautiful things come from ugly places.” They make heavy music that adheres to that, with songs weaponizing the aggression of heavy music into an uplifting catharsis.
“Ryan and lead guitarist Michael Muenzer cut their teeth together in a previous project but never quite got comfortable executing someone else’s creative vision. Celebrated touring and studio drummer Chrissy Warner played with Butcher Babies, Dope, and Scars Of Tomorrow. The three of them shared a gnawing hunger to create a brand-new artistic outlet purely their own.
“The most important thing was to ensure we are all equals in this band together,” says Ryan. “We built a strong foundation after being in situations where our ideas were not always heard.”
Muenzer concurs. “Morale is key,” he adds. “All of us should feel energized and enthusiastic. And each of us remains fired up, full of ambition, with a lot left to say, creatively and artistically.”
Each individual brings different strengths to the group. “Mike did an incredible job putting a treatment together. Adam has a big vision for things, as well,” says Warner. “And I’ve taken on some tasks outside of the music, like growing our community by talking to people on our socials.”
The self-released “Lords of the Flies” introduced ALPHAMEGA to the world, with a balance of heavy riffage and catchy melodic might. Ryan explained upon the release of the accompanying music video, “Our goal as artists is to find the beauty in what we all take for granted in our lives. Whether it comes from the shadows or the light, we want to give it new life and perspective.”
The band crafted several more songs together, with an eye toward an eventual debut full-length, before the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic derailed their plans. But it proved somewhat fortuitous, as the extra time allowed a reexamination and fine-tuning. The songs made their way to John Boecklin, drummer for platinum hard rock band Bad Wolves, who shared them with Jake Oni.
Oni was in the process of launching an artist-driven label, IRONSHORE RECORDS, and chose ALPHAMEGA as the flagship band. Soon, the guys were in Oni’s native Cayman Islands, making their new album. Boecklin served as producer, alongside As I Lay Dying’s Josh Gilbert (whose production and co-writing credits include Bullet For My Valentine and Suicide Silence), and producer/engineer Joseph McQueen (Upon A Burning Body, Light The Torch, Jared Dines.)
“No idea is off limits, no style, no genre,” Muenzer says. “It’s through a hard rock lens – we aren’t likely to release a bluegrass or trap song. But creative freedom is essential to us, and we want to set an expectation right out of the gate that our material will be diverse. Expect the unexpected.”
The resulting songs are nothing less than epic, almost cinematic in scope. “We write what we feel, to be as authentic as possible to who we are,” Ryan declares. “We refuse to limit ourselves.”
ALPHAMEGA are genuine dues-paying musicians, bursting with the ambition to shake the world. “We hope to uplift, bring people together, and inspire them,” says Muenzer. “We want to build a community who will grow with us, where there’s a mutual exchange of gratitude and respect.”