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Alchemy X - 11:59:59 (8,5/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Unisound
Playing time: 45:19
Band homepage: Alchemy X

Tracklist:

  1. Shifting Images
  2. A Kiss Before Dying
  3. Renaissance
  4. The Dance
  5. Penance
  6. Reverie Interlude
  7. Space Between Walls
  8. Beyond The Veil Of Sorrow
  9. Looking Glass Memoirs
  10. 11:59:59
  11. Afterimage
  12. The Dance (Reprise)
Alchemy X - 11:59:59
The second album of ALCHEMY X is a welcome feast for all freaks out there, who love RUSH/ENCHANT/DREAM THEATER and like their sound not too fuddly, but still technically high standing! I would rather call it Prog Rock than Metal what comes from my speakers here - even though there are some heavier passages.

Compared to the (a bit heavier) debut "A Delicate Balance" the new man on the mic is what strikes first. He's a good old acquaintance, Bobby Mitchel, who already had sung for ATTACKER and SLEEPY HOLLOW and now is in the godly cranky VYNDYKATOR. Here he sings a lot more common, but still you have to get used to it, but he's doing a good job. With a band like this the instrumentalists are more important though. You'll find a lot of long solos and extensive instrumental passages on this new album, clearly inspired by the Rock gods of the Seventies (YES, GENESIS, KANSAS). They always manage to capture you and the music won't put a too big demand on you either.

One of the strengths of the band is to create flowing arrangements. Unfortunately I already have the vision that this album will only be for freaks again and sales wise never reach DREAM THEATER's spheres. A pity, because ALCHEMY X manage to write technical demanding, but still accessible music. Very impressive album! (Online March 11, 2003)

Ralf Henn



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