Australia's finest undiscovered metallic extremity is now fully equipped with the sound they've been hinting at for years...
"I guarantee that you have not heard anything quite like them before." - TERRORIZER
To say that Australia's ALCHEMIST are in a class of their own would be an understatement indeed. A unique metal hybrid unlike anything that you've ever heard, ALCHEMIST is a strange beast to quantify. Instinctively aware of the importance of stylistic individuality, and disillusioned with the stagnant metal scene of the late eighties, ALCHEMIST was formed with the purpose of creating original, emotive, hard driving music that would provide metal fans far and wide with a fresh perspective on the metal genre. The bands earliest releases (Jar of Kingdom, Lunasphere, and Spiritech respectively) showcased a band striving for their own musical identity. From a bizarre aural collage of early death/thrash and spastic psychedelia, to a more refined metallic form replete with Eastern overtones and sophisticated electronics, ALCHEMIST continued to progress. The band's innovation, combined with constant touring and a strong work ethic, helped to catapult ALCHEMIST to the forefront of the Australian metal scene - a position they maintain to this day.
Relapse Records, long interested in ALCHEMIST's brilliant metal hybrid, stepped in and licensed the bands Organasm LP for an October 2001 release. Finally fans outside Australia had access to ALCHEMIST's magic, and the band had the international distribution and promotion they sorely needed. Organasm was stronger in all areas than any of their previous albums, and provided heavy music adventurers with the grail they had long been searching for.
In 2003, the band dropped the unbelievable and undeniably unique 'Austral Alien' album. Austral Alien represented a new level of sonic refinement for the veteran band, and received critical acclaim the world over. Austral Alien was met with "Album of the Month" accolades and glowing reviews from the likes of Aardschok (Netherlands), Rock Hard (Germany), Metal Hammer (UK), Brave Words (Canada) and literally dozens more. The response was such that the band was able to leave Australia for the international tour trail for the first time ever; the band supported CULT OF LUNA in the UK and toured the European mainland with TEXTURES.
4 years later and we sit on the brink of release of Tripsis, the new full-length from one of the most progressive and inventive bands to grace the international metal scene. Tripsis recalls the bands formative years yet is even more textured and surreal. Tripsis is nothing less than a watershed moment in metal, tying together Gothic melodrama, industrial-strength electronics and worldly mysticism while still remaining as progressive and as metal as ever. The quintet will headline an Australian album launch tour once again, and begin the European chapter Tripsis touring with a headlining set at Prog Power 2007 to kick off their forthcoming European tour.
Adam Agius: Guitar, Vocals
Roy Torkington: Guitar
Rodney Holder: Drums
John Bray: Bass
Nick Wall: Live Samples
ALCHEMIST online: http://www.alchemist.com.au http://www.myspace.com/alchemistau