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Alchemy X - 11:59:59 - Unisound Records - 2002 reviewed by: Agent of Steel

Track Listing
1. Shifting Images
2. Kiss Before Death
3. Renaissance
4. The Dance
5. Penance
6. Reverie
7. Interlude (more real than real)
8. Space Between Walls
9. Beyond the Veil of Sorrow
10. Looking Glass
11. 11:59:59
12. Afterimage
13. The Dance (reprise)
Normally, I'm not one to jump on every Prog-Rock/Metal album that gets released. But, being an avid Attacker/Vyndykator fan, I had to check out "11:59:59". A concept album about the final hours of a contract killer as he lays dying, told in 1st person flash-back sequence.

Bob Mitchell's vocals are more diverse than ever on this release. You may find yourself saying out loud "That's Bob Mitchell?!" when treating yourself to this Alchemy X masterpiece. Instead of the usual screams, and unique vocal approaches I've grown to love, Mitchell is actually singing on this! In fact, he does whatever style the music to "11:59:59" calls for, quite convincingly.

Musically, this album has enough technical moments to please even the most die-hard Progressive fan, yet stays memorable enough for fans of Mitchell's previous work. Well, those with an open mind that is. From beautiful/atmospheric keyboard pieces to bone shattering grooves, compliments from 7-String wielding axe-men Chris Fox, Rob Schreiber and Steve Ratchen (yes, a 7-string bass player, YIKES!). Chris Scorsesse's drum-work is nothing short of amazing as he lays down any beat to the often "off-timed" musicianship that "11:59:59" offers. "11:59:59" may not have as slick of a production as "A Delicate Balance", but I think the newest production job is best. It's more warm and live sounding, giving the album more character and keeping my interest far longer. Also straying from the more "modern" sound that "A Delicate Balance" had to make it stand on its own. This one is more like a newer Progressive album, but keeping a more 70's/80's vibe (while still having a few modern "sprinkles" here and there) and not trying to copy an already successful band like Dream Theatre.

I wish Alchemy X all the best and hopefully they'll continue down this path with the next AX release.


--Agent of Steel 7.6.03
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ALCHEMY X
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TITLE BAND
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REVIEWER DATE
11:59:59Alchemy X
2002
Josh Greer7/8/2003
A Delicate BalanceAlchemy X
1999
Josh Greer7/8/2003


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ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: ALCHEMY X
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Bob Mitchell, Steve RatchenAlchemy XJosh Greer8/22/2003


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