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SPIRITECH

Alchemist

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.49 | 19 ratings

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bonestorm
5 stars Aussie metal legends Alchemist really brought everything together for their 1997 release "Spiritech". There's much to admire here, probably the finest entry in their catalogue.

The album gets underway with the throbbing, pulsating rhythm section really giving the music an early sense of momentum. Alchemist transition beautifully between the harder edged styles and more brooding, atmospherics with a great sense of coherency. It's something I've always loved about their songs. These are not one dimensional metal tracks. With the use of some clever songwriting and that trademark, exotic sounding lead guitar there's so much more on offer here.

Mixed in you'll find some tribal percussion, spacey synth atmospherics and the use of samples to keep things interesting.

Lyrically, the album revolves around how technology is affecting human spirituality. Who would've thought with an album title like "Spiritech"! This theme resonates especially in the title track, which very effectively uses a sample in the introduction, where a man muses that Earth might unite and forget our differences if we were to be threatened by a force from outer space. It's a powerful concept, that our differences really only come down to our perceptions. The music to accompany such an idea is suitably majestic.

Overall this is a diverse and complex collection of tracks that showcases great songwriting and imagination. It's alternatively hard hitting and atmospheric with everything in between. The fact that all of these styles are done so well is an indication of something great.

bonestorm | 5/5 |

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