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Alchemist

Alchemist was one of those exceedingly rare bands that embrace the premise of metal and then, by incorporating external influences and striving to be individualistic songwriters, come up with a style and sound that is uniquely original and all their own, yet still undeniably metal. Tribal rhythms and a definite Middle East influences are seemlessly blended with brutal riffing, as many songs alternate between relaxed, experimental mellow sections and up-tempo, heavy guitars. The vocals are often semi-death metallish, hoarse and growly, with the occasional ungodly shriek (for example, as found on "Chinese Whispers", perhaps the best song on one of their best albums, 1997's Spiritech). Listening to Alchemist has an almost hypnotic effect, as one is seemingly transported to another world as the songs drift by. Simply put, Alchemist was one of the best metal bands to emerge in the 90's, though seemingly virtually unknown outside their home of Australia. The band split up around 2010, with guitarist/vocalist Adam Agius forming a similar band in The Levitation Hex.

Current Members

Adam Agius

vocals/guitars/keyboards (The Levitation Hex)

Roy Torkington

guitars

John Bray

bass/keyboards/samples

Rodney Holder

drums



Discography


Jar Of Kingdom  
1993 Lethal
  1. Abstraction
  2. Shell
  3. Purple
  4. Jar Of Kingdom
  5. Wandering And Wondering
  6. Found
  7. Enhancing Enigma
  8. Whale
  9. Brumal: A View From Pluto
  10. Worlds Within Worlds
  • Adam Agius
  • Roy Torkington
  • John Bray
  • Rodney Holder



Lunasphere  
1994 Shock
  1. Soul Return
  2. Lunation
  3. Unfocused
  4. Luminous
  5. Clot
  6. Yoni Kunda
  7. My Animated Truth
  8. Garden of Eroticism
  9. Closed Chapter
  • Adam Agius
  • Roy Torkington
  • John Bray
  • Rodney Holder



Spiritech  
1997 Thrust
  1. Chinese Whispers
  2. Road To Ubar
  3. Staying Consious
  4. Beyond Genesis
  5. Spiritechnology
  6. Inertia
  7. Hermaphroditis
  8. Dancing To Life
  9. Figments
  • Adam Agius
  • Roy Torkington
  • John Bray
  • Rodney Holder




Eve Of The War  EP
1998 Thrust
  1. Eve of the War
  2. Yoni Kunda - (Live)
  3. Chinese Whispers - (Live)
  4. Koni Yuda - (Remix)
  5. Brumal: A view from Pluto
  6. Worlds within Worlds
  • Adam Agius
  • Roy Torkington
  • John Bray
  • Rodney Holder



Organasm  
2000 Displeased
  1. Austral Spectrum
  2. Bio Approach
  3. Rampant Micro Life
  4. Warring Tribes (Eventual Demise)
  5. Single Sided
  6. Surreality
  7. New Beginning
  8. Tide In, Mind Out
  9. Eclectic
  10. Escape From The Black Hole
  • Adam Agius
  • Roy Torkington
  • John Bray
  • Rodney Holder




Austral Alien  
2003 Relapse
  1. First Contact
  2. Great Southern Wasteland
  3. Solarburn
  4. Alpha Cappella Nova Vega
  5. Older Than The Ancients
  6. Backward Journey
  7. Nature On A Leash
  8. Grief Barrier
  9. Epsilon
  10. Speed Of Life
  11. Letter To The Future
  • Adam Agius
  • Roy Torkington
  • John Bray
  • Rodney Holder
2003 Readers' Album #70





Embryonics  COMPILATION
2006 Chatterbox
  1. Chinese Whispers
  2. Abstraction
  3. Unfocused
  4. Enhancing Enigma
  5. Dancing to Life
  6. Brumal
  7. Lunation
  8. Staying Conscious
  9. Shell
  10. Garden of Eroticism
  11. Jar of Kingdom
  12. Paisley Bieurr
  13. Yoni Kunda (live)
  14. Closed Chapter (live)
  15. Eve of the War
  16. Beyond Genesis
  17. Yoni Kunda
  18. Purple
  19. Imagination Flower
  20. Spiritechnology
  21. Soul Return
  22. Road to Ubar
  23. Found
  24. Clot
  25. Worlds Within Worlds
  26. My Animated Truth
  27. Closed Chapter
  28. Chinese Whispers (live)



Tripsis  
2007 Relapse
  1. Wrapped in Guilt
  2. Tongues and Knives
  3. Nothing in No Time
  4. Anticipation of a High
  5. Grasp the Air
  6. CommunicHate
  7. Substance for Shadow
  8. God Shaped Hole
  9. Degenerative Breeding
  • Adam Agius
  • Roy Torkington
  • John Bray
  • Rodney Holder
2007 Readers' Album #91






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