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ALKEMY is a quartet from Bordeaux, formed in the year 2000. The group released one demo record in 2001 and their debut album 'Da 63 Projekt' in 2004 on which they balance their appreciation of metal music like DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRYCHE on one side, and fusion like MILES DAVIS and PAT METHENY GROUP on the other.

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 Da 63 Projekt by ALKEMY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.91 | 7 ratings

Da 63 Projekt
Alkemy Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Very intresting album named Da 63 Projekt by this obscure band Alkemy from France. Really solid arrangements, well played with some excellent ideas oveerall. Unfairly unnoticed. Released in 2004 on Unicorn records, this album gone unnoticed and is a shame because what is to be found here worth every second from start to finish. I can't find some similarity with other bands, maybe at some point with Montauk Project or Grey Matter, all in all is a combination of prog/jazz rock with some prog metal elements added in the mix, the result is quite great. The guitars, keyboards , drums, bass all is almost perfect, even the vocals sung in english. I was really hooked , I didn't expect such enjoyble release, specialy when you have such an odd art work, but as is said don't judge a book by its cover, perfect example here. Pieces like opening Underwater, Turtle soup or Different looks simply kick ass big time. So, 4 stars for sure, one hell of a great obscurity, recommended belive me.

P.S. Nothing to do with Queensryche or Pat Metheny, even less with Miles Davis not in their most jazzier parts as description of the band mentioned

 Da 63 Projekt by ALKEMY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.91 | 7 ratings

Da 63 Projekt
Alkemy Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Putting on the album and listening immediately to some finger popping bass I knew that I was heading deep into jazz territory, something that wasn't totally unexpected given that the release was on the Canadian Unicorn label. The rest of the band joined in and I was struck by the tightness of what I was listening to. But that guitar seemed a little heavy to be jazz, and ever so slowly the song turned from jazz rock to highly complex prog that had jazz influences. The vocals are good, but a little laid-back and not as dominant as they could be, with the focus very much on the instruments. When these guys fly, they don't need wings, and the result is an album that is immensely enjoyable and interesting.

They say that their main influences are Dream Theatre, Queensryche, Chick Corea and Pat Metheny which is certainly an eclectic mix to say the least. They appear to be happiest when meddling with jazz in one form or another but they are definitely fusing it with rock in a way that makes the music more intense and heavier than one would expect from Metheny. I can understand when they state the heavier influences, because there are times when there is no doubt at all that this is a rock band, and not four guys bent over their instruments in pain playing trad.

An album that is certainly diverse, and worth investigating for those who are looking for something a little different but certainly with plenty of strong musicianship.

Originally appeared in Feedback #80, Sept 2004

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