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Alchemy X


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3.09 | 7 ratings

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3 stars "11:59:59" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, New Jersey based progressive metal act Alchemy X. The album was released through Unisound Records in July 2003. Information about Alchemy X are rather sparse, but the band apparently formed around 1999 and released "A Delicate Balance (1999)" and 4 years later "11:59:59" followed. As of now (May 2015), they havenīt released anything since.

The music on "11:59:59" is progressive metal and pretty much continue where the music on "A Delicate Balance (1999)" left off. That means pretty standard nineties progressive metal influenced at various points by artists like Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Symphony X. The instrumental musicianship is decent and lead vocalist Bob Mitchell, who has taken over the vocal duties from Martin Morin since the release of the debut album, does a decent job too. The sound production is a bit of an issue, which was also an issue I had with the debut album, so itīs a bit disappointing that Alchemy X have not done something about it for this release. If anything the sound production is even weaker on "11:59:59" than was the case on "A Delicate Balance (1999)".

Unfortunately the songwriting has not improved either, and again weīre treated to some rather generic sounding progressive metal that desperately seems to scream for something original or memorable for the listener to hold on to. Like the case was with "A Delicate Balance (1999)", this album isnīt completely bad or anything like that, but itīs just very standard quality material and a 3 star (60%) rating is fair.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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