Supernova fuelled space metal band from Canada Alpha Bootis are set to fully reboot their debut with “Jump To Alpha Bootis” and I caught up with Ozymandias to talk about the album, the Gojira cover “Another World“, and all things Alpha Bootis.
‘Jump to Alpha Boötis’ is a complete reinvention of the first Alpha Boötis EP. Conceived originally as the soundtrack to a fictitious space exploration video game, these five songs are now the musical backdrop of an exciting science-fiction movie, alas still a fictitious one. Taking place in the far future (and distant past!) of our universe, ‘Jump to Alpha Boötis’ takes the listener through space and time, inside a cutting-edge spaceship, a sprawling planet-sized city, a bustling nightclub orbiting a wormhole, the horrors of subspace and the serene beauty of untouched alien nature. We’ve always blended multiple genres and moods within our songs, but for this album we’ve sharpened the contrast between those elements to create an eclectic and immersive album.” – Ozymandias
Opening with a powerful energy, the title track delivers catchy melodies non-stop along with a deliciously distorted guitar tone. Intricate motifs and dynamic combinations of instrumental textures are their forte, with brass and woodwind appearing alongside synths and guitars. From the dark atmosphere of ‘Ecumenopolis’ to the epic breakdown in ‘Serpens Nebula’, Alpha Boötis artfully craft their distinctive sound amongst the dark and the light. ‘Circling the Belt of Orion’ (feat. Alattia) brings a serene, fantasy, piece further showing the band’s versatility. Alpha Boötis’ cover of Gojira’s ‘Another World’ not only introduces vocals to the release but also sees the science fiction metallers seamlessly blend their signature onto an incredible track. Traveling through spacetime, Alpha Boötis explores an enticing array of soundscapes. Their thorough genre-mixing capabilities have produced a melting pot of creativity. ‘Jump to Alpha Bootis’ is a true voyage of escapism.