Defining Alchemists of Darkness feels a complicated task from its own conception: from the original idea of designing a gothic metal sound purely dark, influenced by the school of Katatonia, Fields of the Nephilim, Paradise Lost or Flowing Tears; until...
Defining Alchemists of Darkness feels a complicated task from its own conception: from the original idea of designing a gothic metal sound purely dark, influenced by the school of Katatonia, Fields of the Nephilim, Paradise Lost or Flowing Tears; until becoming a project that feature touches from Dream Theater, Dark Tranquillity, At the Gates, and even indie sounds like Klimt 1918, Coldplay, Madee, among others.
Regarding these premises, seems even harder to find the proper tag for a band, specially in this musical moment where every creative entity needs an association with a determined and specific genre. AoD works due to their lack of this need, and it is only interested on expressing a message on every tune, always with a motive, and using the resources that the beautiful world of music has at their disposal. Despite regional trends, national ones, or any other territorial identity, AoD is what the listener feels and perceives when he listens to their melodies.
Through the release in November 2008 via the Internet of the Laments EP/Demo, is constituted the line-up that really makes the turning of this initiative's engine. A small modest 6-tracks album on which the basic ideas where the quintet from Jaén starts to work are gathered, far away from the greatest productions at the time in both technical and musical aspects, but in the end, the beginning of an illusion.
Nowadays, thanks to the huge labour of producer Luis Alcázar (Com.pulsion, Emerge, ME, De/Vision), it is proceeded to the edit of the new The Light Ends single: an inflection point between the most primitive harmonical progressions of the band and the new influences they are opening out onto, with the only purpose of being the recipients of hard-working years from reputed and established artists, and also being able to reap them, always from humility and modesty, creating alchemy inside the melodic darkness impregnating the music that makes them feel alive.
Alchemists of Darkness - "Laments" EP (2008) by Femme Metal Webzine Spain's Alchemists of Darkness are a tough band to categorize. They are a metal band, but I'm not sure as to what sub-genre they'd fall into. Their music contains elements of gothic melancholy...
Alchemists of Darkness - "Laments" EP (2008) by Femme Metal Webzine Spain's Alchemists of Darkness are a tough band to categorize. They are a metal band, but I'm not sure as to what sub-genre they'd fall into. Their music contains elements of gothic melancholy although I am not sure if it would be fair to include them in gothic category, they have so much to offer.That's an argument for another day, today let's focus on their new EP, titled Laments. First an introduction of the members: Cristina Morena (Vocals), Manuel Fuentes (Rhythm Guitar), Isaac Salido (Lead Guitar), David Martinez (Bass) and Felipe Martinez (Drums) completes the unit. The band are also joined by session musician Ibiel Berciano on keyboards.
First song "Spirit of Night" gets things rolling and it is a pretty good opener. It starts off with some soft guitar leading us into a heavy melodic riff as the rest of the members come in. The next song "Beside Your Heart" is a melodic mid-tempo number. Right off-the-bat the vocals of Cristina Morena are very like-able. I have to admit that it took me a few listens to warm up to her style, but she has an endearing understated quality that you have to love. "Beside Your Heart" is definitely a highlight for me. "When My Sky Falls" keeps the momentum moving steadily in the right direction and this is another highlight. "Frozen Rose" is next and it features just heavy take no prisoners riff that chugs along at a rapid pace. This song takes so many twists and turns and the keyboard bit near the end is pretty cool. "Run Away" is perhaps the best song that this disc has to offer with Cristina turning in one heck of a vocal performance. The final track "Another Day - Letter For A Cold Melancholy" is just a classy tune and a great way to end things. Keep listening after this song ends. After about 2-minutes of silence the CD ends with a pretty piano outro.
Laments features 6-songs and 33-minutes worth of material that needs to be given a chance to grow on the listener. On the whole I was very impressed with Alchemists of Darkness - I still don't know if I would call them gothic. My one small complaint is maybe the production isn't the best, but that does nothing to hamper the overall beauty and conviction of the music. Impressive!
Rating : 8.0/10