Animal Alpha

Animal Alpha
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ORIGIN: NorwayFORMED: 2002LABEL: Racing Junior
  • MEMBERS:
    • Agnete Kjølsrud - Lead Vocals
    • Christian Wibe - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Christer-Andre Cederberg - Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Lars Imre Bidtnes - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
    • Thomas Emil Jacobsen - Drums, Percussion
    • Aleksander Ralla Villnes - Drums, Percussion

Animal Alpha was a five-piece Norwegian rock group formed in 2002 and disbanded 2009.

The band spent much of 2004 playing shows around Norway. Their performance at Oslo’s Øya Festival received 8 out of 10 points in British Metal Hammer magazine, and appeared on the national TV program Lydverket. They later had two sold-out nights at Oslo’s 500-crowd-capacity John Dee Live Club & Pub. The band then signed with a small independent record label, Racing Junior, and planned the release of their first EP and album for spring 2005.

Producer Sylvia Massy recorded both the EP and album Pheromones at her studio in Weed, California.

They Alpha spent 2005 performing in Norway in support of their self-titled EP and debut-album Pheromones, which was released on September 5.

The EP hit Gold status and their two singles/videos achieved national airplay. They also received nominations for Best Music Video for 2005 and Best Debut Artist. In the winter of 2006, the band played different industry festivals in the US, England and The Netherlands. They received offers from labels in the UK, United States, Germany and other countries, while playing festivals in Europe.

Their second album, You Pay for the Whole Seat, But You’ll Only Need the Edge was released on January 28, 2008.

They have previously performed at festivals including Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, the Download Festival in England and Pukkelpop.

Their song “Bundy” is featured in the video games Burnout RevengeBurnout Legends and NHL 06, all published by EA Games, as well as in the end credits of the action fantasy horror film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Their track “Fire! Fire! Fire!” also featured during the end credits of the Norwegian comedy horror film Dead Snow and in 2008 videogame MotorStorm: Pacific Rift.

On March 12, 2009, Animal Alpha disbanded. On their website and Myspace, a press release was posted, saying that the band “found themselves in a creative deadlock while preparing for their third album and after evaluating the situation decided to call it quits.” At least two of the band members will be pursuing solo careers or other projects.

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