Alternative Metal with a Hip Hop sensibility, Dubai’s Alpha Kenny Buddy blends unapologetic grooves, memorable lyrics, and rhapsodic energy ringing directly into the ears of your teenage self. Alpha Kenny Buddy stays true to the raw power of the 90’s by channeling influences from bands including Limp Bizkit, Korn, Staind, Tool, and Faith No More. Active in the UAE’s underground scene since 2008, AKB released its first full-length album ‘A Violent Asymmetry’, and has since then opened for several renowned international acts including Paradise Lost, Ektomorf, Steel Engraved, and Space of Variations.
The band’s newest release ‘Lucifer’s Crystal Delusions’ is a callback to their humble beginnings. Revisiting “Liquid Crystal Delusion” off their first ep finds AKB transitioning from teenage angst to the angst of the fully formed mind. Serving a focused punch and decisive attitude, ‘Lucifer’s Crystal Delusions’, the retelling of the original, highlights a newer, more fleshed-out aesthetic for the band. With Dubai’s ‘105 Studio’ as the new, 5th member, AKB steps onto the tonal bedrock upon which they continue to evolve the artistic mockery of what we all find sacred.
If the artwork and the song title don’t make it clear, this song is about control. To be more specific, it’s about how the virtual screens that have burrowed into our lives control our perception of the world around us. When ‘Alpha Kenny Buddy’ first came up with ‘Lucifer’s Crystal Delusions’ precursor ‘Liquid Crystal Delusions’, smartphones were just beginning to become popular and the mass population was still slaves to their TV screens. Nine years have since passed since then and the screens in our pockets have taken over the screens in our living rooms. In ‘Lucifer’s Crystal Delusions’ the individual members of AKB function as a single unit, delivering a barrage of heavy-hitting groovy riffs with Ahmad Bachari barking angry lines with his harsh style of rapping.
Their new collaboration with 105 Studio shows how high-end production can take a band to the next level.
The artwork of ‘Lucifer’s Crystal Delusions’ was designed by Shesaphoenix, and the music video was shot and edited by John V Samaniego.