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Alkemyst - 2003 Meeting In The Mist

ARTIST: Alkemyst
ALBUM: Meeting In The Mist
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: NB 1140-2
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Arnaud Gorbaty - drums * Severin Bonneville - guitars * Ramon Messina - vocals * Denis Mellion - bass * Arnaud Menard - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Still Alive * 02 Its Time * 03 Up To Heavens Gate * 04 Hold On To Your Dreams * 05 A Meeting In The Mist * 06 Passage * 07 Empty Skies * 08 Chapter 1 - The Awakening * 09 Chapter 2 - The Falling Star

Having been around in one form or another from 1992 to 1998, Alkemyst finally settled on the current line-up in 2000. During the initial attempt to record this album in 2001 everything went to custard and the band unfortunately lost most of the final recordings. Undeterred this French legion hit the studio again in 2002 and have come up with an album which, regardless of being released a couple of years late due the aforementioned problems, will be one of the picks of the bunch for 2003. On vocals the band have Ramon Messina, who also fronts Italian melodic metallers Secret Sphere. The Italians are about to release their new album and Ramon's vocals are very good on that album, but they're bloody marvellous on 'Meeting In The Mist', with elements of Tobias Sammat, Bruce Dickinson and Roy Khan. His voice seems to better suit the music of Alkemyst, which has the speed and melody of Edguy, wonderful full choruses like Kamelot and progressive touches like Pagan's Mind and Fates Warning. If you haven't noticed, I've compared these guys to some impressive bands. Alkemyst hold their own in every department.

The Songs
There is a Kamelot style intro before cascading drums and and a furious riff introduces us to 'Still Alive'. You get the distinct impression early on that this is going to be good, very good. Ramon's vocals are interspersed with choir chants that eminate power and harmony. 'It's Time' begins in a dark and progressive fashion before exploding into action with a massive chorus and some of the best soloing you are likely to hear. Have I mentioned that these guys are really, really good? The drums are at the forefront again on 'Up To Heaven's Gate', a brilliant melodic metal track that rampages along. You begin to wonder if 'Hold On To Your Dreams' is an instrumental after the long intro, but it's a fantastic intro with soaring guitar lines. The chorus is great as well. When the title track arrives you realise how much you needed to get your breath back, and what a great way to do it listening to a beautiful and emotional ballad. It's not completely placid, as the guitarists give their nimble fingers a good workout towards the end. 'Passage' is a straight ahead power metal track with a good chorus and more amazing soloing by Severin and Arnaud. Alkemyst mostly stick to the previous traditional power metal style on 'Empty Skies', with an old school Iron Maiden feel integrated with prog metal. When I saw the length of the final track 'The Falling Star', a full 19 minutes long, I approached with caution. I need not have worried. This track will keep your attention for the full duration without any problem. A melodic progressive metal masterpiece with an extremely catchy chorus, subtle mid section and the incorporation of some lovely female backing vocals. Actually the track doesn't go for the total 19 minutes, with the final couple of minutes containing a strange hidden track with the band mucking around.

In Summary
The French are renowned for their fine wine, fine food, and the odd good footballer (plus a few stalling tactics which didn't go amiss according to the AWEsome new US power trio called BRP i.e Bush-Rumfeld-Powell.. Ed). As a great wine is to a wine conisseuer, a Truffle is to a master chef, and as Thierry Henri is to Arsenal fans, Alkemyst should become to melodic metal fans - Un Triomphe!

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