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Alpha Galates


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Matthew Von Wagner – vocals and guitar
Todd Lefever – guitars and vocals
Karen Wagner – bass and vocals
Harmony – keyboards and vocals
Philip Elliott – drums

1 - Conformity (1:28)
2 - 2 Months In (7:57)
3 - Standing (3:47)
4 – Natio (5:08)
5 – Obitus (4:34)
6 – Darkest Eyes (3:50)
7 – Passion (5:18)
8 – Stop Programming (1:08)
9 – Love Despair (11:30)
10 – Time Out (time tbc)
11 – Subliminal (9:00)
12 – Entropy And Chaos (11:00)

Oh, it’s complicated.
In fact, everything about this band is complicated. But have no fear - we’ll break it down for you.

Let’s start with the fact that Alpha Galates, up until recently were called The Hollow. Matthew Wagner, Karen Wagner and Todd Lefever formed The Hollow in 2001. The band has been based in Toronto for six years and have been a committed touring act for much of that time. They released three independently-produced albums through the Swarm Theory Music label: Natio in 2002, and Vita and ab Gehenna in 2004. ab Gehenna was a digital-only release. Another album, Obitus, was due out in 2006, but was released on iTunes only.
Original live drummer Colin Snortland (aka Nilock Lang) left, and singer/guitarist Matthew Wagner moved to drums. Rowan MacPhail and Harmony came on board and the band changed its name to…Alpha Galates?.
“First Gauls is the literal translation,” explains Wagner. “It all ties into the Priory of Zion stuff, and apparently it’s real. I saw it in a book called Rule By Secrecy and I just liked the name.


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  • MikeDoyle

    I miss these guys...saw them twice (with 3, Tub Ring) in London and thought they were a fucking CLUTCH proggy hard rock band. Still love this album - hope they come back and go at it again. Unique combination of song writing and structures that can be replayed for months.

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Mvlazz

    Great find !!! Just needs some description........

    19 May 2011 Reply
  • Mouamoua

    That is what I call a fucking great band !

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • comastar

    @goryo: lastfm is full with those "arguments"...i stopped complaining about it cause it's just a waste of time ;)

    11 Mar 2010 Reply
  • BenOnUserstyles

    Reminds me of Three Days Grace

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Goryo

    "This is too mainstream", "this is too alternative" and "the tags say it's [...] but it doesn't sound like [...] to me" are 3 of the worst and weakest arguments ever, and someone just used them in one sentence to describe why he doesn't like this band.

    17 Jan 2010 Reply
  • SpartanE7

    Amazingly well crafted album. Don't quit making music.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • HijoDelDiluvio

    Great band !!! "A Stimulus For Reason " is a masterpiece !! Regards from CHILE !!!!!

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • alphagalates

    We like us!

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • ASSMan316

    Do not like this band. Too mainstream or alternative didn't really sound like Prog to me at all. But that's just one man's opinion :P

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • manos87

    A stimulus for reason can't be any better. Been listening to it for over a year and it still sounds fuckin great =)

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Goryo

    @ Jdm613: Yeah, I had a friend of mine listen to it today and it reminded him of Tool as well. I realised that he was right; it does sound like Tool now and then. But I guess AG is less.. "weird" than Tool is ;)

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Goryo

    Victo_prog said "Neat band, but they recorded it all wrong ... progressive isn't supposed to sound so catchy and over-produced ... " Actually, I think there are quite some prog bands that sound catchier than AG. Porcupine Tree, for example, one of the big bands in the progrock genre, has a lot of catchy songs. Sounding catchy isn't bad. Oh, and there is no such thing as "(not) supposed to"; there are no real rules for music ;) Oh and btw, if you look at it that way, maybe this isn't prog but a whole new genre! :o I mean, there aren't enough genre's yet are there? ;)

    15 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Pimpinkevin

    it's a shame they so underlistened... when i started listening to them quite a while ago, they had near 5000 plays... it hasn't grown very much lately, they deserve to be heard by more people. the album is only played three times a week :(

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Jdm613

    These guys are great! i found them randomly, and love despair is so far my favorite song, ( i only have one album). They remind me of tool, and its good, i think these guys need to stay around.

    31 Oct 2008 Reply
  • hotarunohikari

    Yup, I agree with you, Standing IS catchy (well, that's the song that got me into it) but their long songs are kickass too. I also like Entropy and Chaos alot :3

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Pimpinkevin

    it is just their style dude! .,i doubt that they thought: well, lets just make progressive music... and then, there is progressive music in all kind of ways... i found this groups sound kinda unique... so it can be called progressive in certain ways... and second, if a band is tagged progressive metal here, the band is not nescesarily (stupid word) progressive... it is just of tag (SUBJECTIVE) tagged by few people...

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Victo_prog

    Neat band, but they recorded it all wrong ... progressive isn't supposed to sound so catchy and over-produced ...

    13 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Pimpinkevin

    everyone should listen more to the lenghty songs.. they are so cool! i mean standing is nice and catchy and a real good songs.. but i like subliminal or love despair so much more :D

    31 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Pimpinkevin

    one of the better progressive kinda music a heard in a while... i especially like the (clean) vocals

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
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