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ALCHEMY X

Progressive Metal • United States


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Alchemy X was formed in 1994 in New York and was formed by Chris Fox (guitar),Rob Schreiber (guitar),Steve Ratchen (bass),Chris Scorses (drums).After years of writing,arranging and rehearsing,they released their debut album "A Delicate Balance" in 1999.

Vocalist Martin Morin left the band and was replaced by Bob Mitchell in time for ALCHEMY X's second album,2003's "11:59:59".

Mitchell has since been replaced by Tom Engel and the band is in the process of recording it's 3rd studio album.

ALCHEMY X have been compared to bands like DREAM THEATER and FATES WARNING,SYMPHONY X and DEFYANCE,but can at times sound heavier.They also take a unique approach to their sound,incorporating two guitarists playing 7-string guitars and a bassist playing a 7-string bass,adding furious riffing,bottom-end heaviness and virtuosity to their music.

Highly recommended for all fans of progressive metal.



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Discography:
A Delicate Balance, studio album (1999)
11:59:59, studio album (2003)
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3.05 | 3 ratings
A Delicate Balance
1999
3.16 | 6 ratings
11:59:59
2003

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 11:59:59 by ALCHEMY X album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.16 | 6 ratings

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11:59:59
Alchemy X Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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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.

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 A Delicate Balance by ALCHEMY X album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.05 | 3 ratings

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A Delicate Balance
Alchemy X Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "A Delicate Balance" is the debut full-length studio album by US, New Jersey based progressive metal act Alchemy X. The album was released through Plastic Giraffe Productions in February 1999. Information about Alchemy X are rather sparse, but the band apparently formed around 1999 and released "A Delicate Balance" and 4 years later "11:59:59" followed. As of now (May 2015), they haven't released anything since.

The music on "A Delicate Balance" is what I would call traditional nineties progressive metal (progressive metal with keyboards, although the keyboards are not the dominant instrument on the album. That's the guitars). I hear influences from acts like Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Symphony X. The band are relatively well playing and lead vocalist Martin Morin is fairly skilled. The vocal melodies aren't that memorable though and it's in the songwriting department that Alchemy X aren't comparable to the artists mentioned above. The sound production, while not terrible or anything like that, also leaves a bit to be desired. It simply lacks power.

So while "A Delicate Balance" is a professional sounding release and it's relatively enjoyable while it plays, it doesn't exactly leave a lasting impression, or provide Alchemy X with a recognisable signature sound. To my ears they are pretty generic sounding and an example of very standard quality nineties progressive metal. Still a 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

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