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Review: Alchemy-X - 11:59:59 Promo Sampler
11:59:59 Promo Sampler

Label: Independent
Year released: 2002
Duration: 13:39
Tracks: 5
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: None/5

Review online: August 15, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
11:59:59 Promo Sampler

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

This is a sampler from progressive metallers Alchemy-X's second album, "11:59:59" this time sporting Bob Mitchell (Vyndykator, ex-Attacker) on vocals. The sampler contains two full songs and three excerpts from the album.

It's a bit difficult to rate excerpts so I'll skip the rating for this one and review the full album when it comes out. The excerpts are instrumental only and a bit "light"-sounding - as in not heavy at all, except for the shortest one, "Penance", which is only 32 seconds in length (it has kind of a little middle-eastern sound to it, without being exactly that.) The other two are very melodic - maybe a bit too much for my own taste - but sound pretty good anyway, the last one especially has some very cool guitar parts.

Two full songs here, "Looking Glass" and the title track "11:59:59". Already we get into a somewhat heavier territory compared to the three excerpts, and the vocals may come in as a shock to those who have only heard Bob in Vyndykator and Attacker, as he sings quite differently here. Good job on "Looking Glass", but I think he especially shines on "11:59:59", which definitely blows away rest of this sampler. The song is heavy yet very melodic, and Bob exhibits his vocal range and capabilities quite a bit here, with vocal melodies matching the music perfectly. This song has a little 70s vibe to it, I'm not knowledgeable enough in prog to make much comparisons but I think mentioning Rush here is a safe bet. "Looking Glass" is a bit of a hit and miss with me, there are some good parts but overall it doesn't catch my attention much. It's pretty much slow-paced and things definitely get more interesting in the fastest parts, my mind just drifts away during the slower parts. Weird. :)

If I only had the three excerpts I wouldn't be expecting much from the album, but the two full songs make me expect some good stuff ahead.

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