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Review: Alchemy-X - 11:59:59

Label: Unisound Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 45:10
Tracks: 13
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: April 16, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
Readers Rating

Rated 3.89/5 (77.78%) (9 Votes)

Being no expert on the progressive styling myself, Alchemy-X’s latest effort was very much a different kind of listen for me, but still managed to somewhat tweak my interest in some further exploration into the genre.

At its core, 11:59:59 is built around melodic and often times joyful guitar sounds and the passionate vocals of Bob Mitchell of, also part of Vyndykator and formerly Attacker, who can truly deliver the message of a song right home, be it a depressing outcry or soothing serenade.

The more interesting points to this album are the literally fractions of a minute long instrumentals that come in between the full-length songs. These short numbers tease with exotic acoustic guitar and mysterious ambience before quickly dissolving. Sometimes I’d rather here a five or so minute long instrumental in this vein rather than the typical Alchemy-X song. My favourite tracks are definitely the ones heavy on or almost entirely comprised of solo guitar in that classic soft-core porn make-out tone.

There are some genuinely heavier moments to be found, such as the blazing guitar riffs accompanied by organ to add to the epic feel of the title track. But as can be expected in the progressive realm of things, a song can change sometimes gradually change mellow or abruptly end out of nowhere and cut right into the next.

One song that really stands out is Interlude, but only for the fact that it sounds like a top 40 radio hit more than anything. The bright and cheeriness of this un-metal moment made me do a double take as this one seriously didn’t fit into an otherwise well-flowing album.

Alchemy-X managed to fairly impress me but certainly did more a favour to the people who are normally sent running to the hills in response to the usual stuff that I have blaring from my speakers.

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