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Gevolt - AlefBase - Front Cover
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)
GenreFolk/Industrial Metal
Yiddish metal
LabelGevolt Productions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Metal Storm(8.9/10) [1]
Today's Metal (in Bulgarian)7.5/10 stars [2] ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)8/10 stars [3]

AlefBase is the second album by the Israeli metal band Gevolt. Released on 25 March 2011, the album was the first full-length metal album in Yiddish language. All tracks are based on Yiddish folk songs such as Tum Balalayke and Zog Nit Keyn Mol.

The album's genre was declared as Yiddish Metal,[4] but it has also been described as Neue Deutsche Härte.[5]

AlefBase was available for free download on Gevolt's website[6] for free on 25 February 2011, one month before the official release date. The free download remained for several years thereafter.

The album was released to positive reception in both music media and Jewish media. Such sources as American newspaper The Forward and German Die Welt mentioned the new phenomenon of Yiddish metal in their articles.[7] [8]

The track "Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn" was featured in April 2011 by Music Alliance Pact.[9]

In 2016, AlefBase was inducted into the Freedman Jewish Sound Archive at the University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt Library. [10]

Track listing[edit]

2."Trinken A Bisale Vayn"3:13
3."Der Rebe Elimelekh"3:04
4."Sha Shtil"4:01
5."Tum Balalayke"3:37
6."Shpil Zhe Mir A Lidele In Yiddish"5:09
7."Mayn Rue Plats (My Resting Place)"5:09
8."Zog Nit Keyn Mol"4:06
9."A Mol Iz Geven A Mayse"4:40
10."Sheyn Vi Di Levone"3:18
11."Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn"4:30
12."Tshiribim Tshiribom"3:55
13."Der Alefbeys"3:34


Band members[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]


  • Recorded in "Muzikansky" studio (Ashdod, Israel), "Tsolelet" studio (Tel Aviv, Israel), "Soundroll" studio (Givataim, Israel) and "Taketwoo" studio (Kiryat Ono, Israel), 2005–2010
  • Produced by Gevolt
  • Engineered by Gevolt
  • Mixed and premastered by Gevolt, 2010–2011
  • Illustrations concept by Leonid Polonsky
  • Art and design by Mark Lekhovitser
  • Yiddish consulting by Leybl Botwinik


  1. ^ "AlefBase", Metal Storm.
  2. ^ "Gevolt - 2011 - Alef Base (review)"(in Bulgarian), Today's Metal, 28 February 2011. Retrieved on 28 February 2011.
  3. ^ "AlefBase (review)"‹See Tfd›(in Russian),, 9 March 2016. Retrieved on 9 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Gevolt – Yiddish metal pioneer band", Virtual Shtetl, 19 May 2011. Retrieved on 19 May 2011.
  5. ^ Dr. Kahn-Harris, Keith. "Yiddish-Speaking Vikings", Souciant, 20 April 2011. Retrieved on 20 April 2011.
  6. ^ Gevolt. "Facebook post" Facebook, 25 February 2011. Retrieved on 25 February 2011
  7. ^ Mehalel, Adi. "Gevolt - Industrial-Metal-Music in Yiddish" Archived 2011-11-08 at the Wayback Machine‹See Tfd›(in Yiddish), Yiddish Forward, New-York, 1 July 2011. Retrieved on 1 July 2011.
  8. ^ Borgstede, Michael. "Heavy-Metal-Songs auf Jiddisch"‹See Tfd›(in German), Die Welt, 25 April 2011. Retrieved on 25 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Music Alliance Pact – April 2011", Indieful Rok, 15 April 2011. Retrieved on 15 April 2011
  10. ^ "Look up album G-138(a)", Penn Libraries, 2016. Retrieved on 2016

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