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AUSTRAL ALIEN

Alchemist

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.31 | 14 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars I heard about Alchemist a couple of years ago through a danish metal site called www.Clonemetal.dk. They were very impressed by the band and especially what was their most recent album at the time Austral Alien. I picked up the album and have listened to it many times since.

Iīll spill the cards from the start though. Alchemist are VERY influenced by Killing Joke and especially nineties Killing Joke like Pandemonium and Democracy. Itīs not ripp off though so donīt worry. Adam Agius has a voice that sometimes sound like Tommy Victor from Prong and sometimes he sings in a more New Wave vein. On this album heīs not so pissed of though and donīt use the Tommy Victor voice much.

There are many keyboard sounds playing under the actual music, and this is mainly why Alchemist are a bit prog ( I donīt find them to be prog, but I guess someone is australien in here, and wanted them on this site), because that is about it for the prog leanings.

There are aggressive songs on the album like First Contact, Backwards Journey and Epsilon, but the more new age songs ( still metal) dominate. There are some really standout tracks in this style on the album like: Solarburn and Speed of Life which are really beautiful.

This album is not essential to prog heads, but Killing Joke and Prong fans will love this. A good solid album.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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