Animal Alpha


  • Client: Animal Alpha
  • Work: Composer & Musician
  • Nominated “Best Newcomer” – Spellemannsprisen, 2005 (Norway´s equivalent to the Oscars)
  • Nominated “Best Music video” – Spellemannsprisen, 2005 (Norway´s equivalent to the Oscars)
  • Nominated “Best Rock Album” – Alarmprisen, 2005
  • “Pheromones” went straight to #11 in the Norwegian album charts, Top 40
  • “Bundy” 1st single of debut album went straight to #4 in the main single charts and managed to stay there for 8 weeks.

The recording of this album will always have a special place in my heart and memory. Animal Alpha´s debut album. The process leading up to it with the forming of the band, writing and eventually producer Sylvia Massy inviting us to her amazing studio in Weed, California. It was a very special time for all of us.

Reviews: SonicCathedral,

  • “The music business needs to be shaken up once in a while with insanity, craziness and total madness – what would the world be without The Tubes, Rammstein, Frank Zappa, Primus, Devo and Missing Persons to mention a few? A much more boring place so therefore I welcome this Norwegian act Animal Alpha with open arms and say – it´s time to get crazy again! With a female singer that sounds like a hybrid of Skin (Skunk Anansie), Bjørk and Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) – this odd metal band has already won half the race but this unique quintet crosses the finishing line as winners with a killer production from Sylvia Massy Shivy and ofcourse BIG ROCK songs that has every chance of making Animal Alpha a huge influential band for future releases around the world. Whatever you expect from “Pheromones”, you won´t even be close to the actual sound of this groundbreaking album – anything else than 5 stars to this masterpiece is a disgrace.”


Quotes/Words from The Wise:

“Seeing this band play is like finding a raw diamond in the coal dust, rugged yet beautiful, something to treasure, yet it can slice through steel with little effort. Agnete’s lyrics are unexpected, brash, sultry, nasty, brutally sweet and genuine – she grabs your attention and does not let go. And the band is thrashing away relentlessly behind her. “Pheromones” is a twisted visit into the world of Animal Alpha, a place of snarling dogs and circus freaks and glittering diamonds.”

  • Sylvia Massy Shivy, producer

“The band was as tight as a condom wrapped around a nuclear sub-marine.”

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  • Rock producer Sylvia Massy (Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, System Of A Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash etc.) saw the band showcase at the annual Norwegian music-event by:Larm, and invited Animal Alpha to come record their first album and EP at her Radiostar Studios in California.
  • “Bundy” highlight and first single of debut album went straight to #4 in the main single charts and managed to stay there for 8 weeks.
  • “Bundy” was also picked by E.A Games US to feature as soundtrack of two global PS2 releases; “Burnout Revenge” and ” NHL 06″
  • Their self-titled “EP” sold to gold in Norway.
  • Debut album “Pheromones” went straight to #11 in the Norwegian album charts, Top 40.
  • Second single/music video “Most Wanted Cowboy” is still receiving massive airplay on National TV/Radio NRK/ NRK P3. Music video was ranked as 2nd most played video after first week of release.
  • NRK (national broadcasting) picked Animal Alpha to represent Norway at the annual Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands, January 2006.
  • Interviews on MTV, Rockpalast Germany, IMF TV, Los Angeles and several national TV shows.
  • Animal Alpha nominated in the newcomer of the year category, The Alarm awards 2006.
  • Animal Alpha nominated best newcomer of the year and best music video at Spellemannsprisen 2006. (Biggest music-award happening in Norway).
  • Animal Alpha played SXSW festival in Texas. The club was packed and their performance watched by lots of industry marks the beginning of their US buzz.
  • The band returns to the Bylarm convention February 2006 winning the bylarm award, receiving a price worth 500 000 Norwegian kroners in total.
  • The band is again invited to play at an industry convention in the US. This time at Musexpo in Los Angeles.
  • The band hooks up with the TKO Organization. US booking agency working with great bands like Motorhead, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Mudvayn etc…
  • NRK P3 says the band has “what’s needed to succeed in Europe, they’re unique, charismatic and they’re completely out of their minds..!”
  • The band plays lots of the big festivals in Europe. Among others Rock am ring, Rock im park, Download festival in England and Pukkelpop in Belgium, This even before their music is released in these territories.


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