Friday 5 September 2008

Alchemist


The first time I heard Alchemist, I was taken aback by their sound, which the band self-described as Death Metal/Thrash, but other than the harsh vocals and guttural growls, it was rare to hear such uplifting, atmospheric melodies in a genre classified as such. There was basically so much melody amidst that intensity that they were refreshing to say the least. The term Surfthrash bandied around was apt in a funny way - you could almost imagine surf guitar icon Dick Dale being part of Alchemist!

With the release of Tripsis, the Australians have continued to explore and expand their unique brand of metallic mayhem. Psychedelic grooves lace the songs with much atmosphere, and the band knows a thing or two about building tension which is further enhanced by the heavy-as-hell riffs. Take a listen to "Nothing In No Time", one of my favourites on the album - the quiet opening chords gradually slams into aural chaos with an urgency that demands your undivided attention. "Grasp At Air" has a slightly similar formula but the galloping double-bass and surf thrash riff brings a heightened dancey feel to it but the breakdown quickly drops the headbanging fist pumper back into your aural territory. If this is Death Metal, the genre should be filling massive open-air stadiums everyday! "Communichate" has a more traditional structure and feel to it. Other tunes like "Wrapped in A Guilt", "Tongues and Knives" and "Anticipation of A High" bring to mind Godflesh and Fear Factory, but all that intertwining guitar melodies bring them to greater heights.

Alchemist continues to bring a fresh and inspiring Metal sound to the scene, which sometimes can become rather stagnant as most bands strive for pure brutality and intensity, but without any careful consideration for songcraft and melody. Alchemist strive towards achieving all that, and do a jolly good job at it!

Alchemist - Tripsis [2007]


Track List:
01 - Wrapped In A Guilt (4:34)
02 - Tongues And Knives (5:15)
03 - Nothing In No Time (5:50)
04 - Anticipation Of A High (4:34)
05 - Grasp At Air (4:36)
06 - Communichate (4:26)
07 - Substance For Shadow (4:50)
08 - God Shaped Hole (5:05)
09 - Degenerative Breeding (3:47)

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Alchemist - Jar Of Kingdom [1993]


Track List:
01 - Abstraction (4:45)
02 - Shell (4:12)
03 - Purple (4:47)
04 - Jar Of Kingdom (5:59)
05 - Wandering And Wondering (3:44)
06 - Found (1:28)
07 - Enhancing Enigma (5:15)
08 - Whale (1:11)
09 - Brumal A View From Pluto (5:40)
10 - Worlds Within Worlds (7:45)

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Alchemist - Lunasphere [1995]

Track List:
01 - Soul Return (8:19)
02 - Lunation (3:48)
03 - Unfocused (6:22)
04 - Luminous (0:49)
05 - Clot (4:36)
06 - Yoni Kunda (5:11)
07 - My Animated Truth (3:35)
08 - Garden of Eroticism (7:22)
09 - Closed Chapter (4:59)

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Alchemist - Spiritech [1997]

Track List:
01 - Chinese Whispers (9:32)
02 - Road To Ubar (5:38)
03 - Staying Conscious (5:41)
04 - Beyond Genesis (7:19)
05 - Spiritechnology (6:31)
06 - Inertia (4:59)
07 - Hermaphroditis (4:31)
08 - Dancing To Life (6:03)
09 - Figments (11:06)

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