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Formed: 1987
From: Canberra, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Alchemist News

Below is our complete Alchemist news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Alchemist Recording New EP

Australia's Alchemist has issued the following brief update about recording a new EP to be mixed by Devin Townsend:

"Hi people, we have been busy tracking for our 2010 EP to be mixed by Devin Townsend, all is sounding great with a different feel from tripsis, more instrumentation and today I statted tracking some nice harmonic vocals for a track. Keep you guys posted."

Samples of Alchemist's music can be found at their official MySpace page.

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Hellraiser III Fest Announced for Melbourne

In its third year, Melbourne's Hellraiser III Fest has been announced. Featuring a dual-headline of two of Australia's more highly acclaimed Metal acts, Alchemist and Melbourne's Alarum, Hellraiser III is set to present a solid lineup of the best in death metal from across three states and territories, bringing Tasmania's technical death metal unit Mephistopheles (featuring members from Iciclan) as well as Melbourne's Aphotic Dawn and Systematic Genocide. Here are the details:

3rd Oct 2009
Alchemist @ The East Brunswick Club, Brunswick
w/ Alarum, Mephistopheles, Aphotic Dawn and Systematic Genocide
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $18 ($15 w/flier).

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Alchemist Announces Tour Dates

Australia's Alchemist has issued the following update about a live show in Canberra:

"Hey everybody come and see Alchemist live in canberra this saturday the 12th of September at the basement. Also performing the awesome Captain Cleanoff and Templestowe. Starts at 8.30pm and is 15 bucks"

Alchemist's other upcoming tour dates are as follows:

9/19 Fowlers live Adelaide, South Australia
10/3 East brunswick club Melbourne, Victoria

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Se Bon Kira Replaces Infiltrator At ATG5 Fest

Organiser’s of leading Australian Heavy Metal festival Against The Grain have announced lineup changes to this year’s fifth edition of the fest, which is set to take place on Saturday, September 19.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances Infiltrator will not be taking part in Australia’s biggest metal fest, Against The Grain 5. We apologies to anyone who purchased a ticket just to see Infiltrator, but rest assured the rest of the line up will keep you more than satisfied if your an Infiltrator fan.

"Adelaide’s own Se Bon Kira will be taking their position on the day, news that Adelaide metal fans will be no doubt be happy about. After their highly successful EP launch on July 4th, which saw a packed out Uni-Bar witness Se Bon Kira display a flawless set of raw groove laden thrash, they were the obvious choice to put on the festival and we are very happy that they will be taking part of the festivities."

You can check out Se Bon Ki Ra at their MySpace page.

Here's the lineup for AGAINST THE GRAIN 2009: More...

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Alchemist Writing New Album

Australian progressive metal band Alchemist has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"Alchemist are well underway writing what will be there 7th studio Album that we will hopefully record at the end of the year to be ready for shows in Australia, Europe and hopefully New Zealand and Japan.

"The new material is different again, it's earthy, dark, hypnotic & heavy with some exploration with different instrumentation and rhythms."

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Alchemist Premieres New Video Online

Progressive Australian metal band ALCHEMIST has premiered their latest video, "Tongues And Knives," online now courtesy of MetalInjection.com. "Tongues And Knives" comes from the band’s newest full-length, "Tripsis."

Having recently completed an Australian tour with MESHUGGAH, ALCHEMIST is currently writing material for their follow-up to "Tripsis." Additional tracks taken from the album can be heard now via the band’s MySpace page.

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Alchemist Announces Australian Tour with Meshuggah

Progressive Australian metal band ALCHEMIST will team up with MESHUGGAH for a full Australian tour. The tour starts October 12th in Brisbane and will cover Australia’s major markets. A listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

ALCHEMIST recently wrapped-up a European summer festival tour which included stops at Graspop, Hellfest, Waldrock, and more. Photos from the band’s performance during Waldrok can be viewed here and video footage from the band’s Hellfest performance can be viewed here. More...

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Alchemist Announces Tour Dates

Australia's ALCHEMIST has announced a number of Australian and European tour dates in support of its recent release "Tripsis". The band will first play a number of Australian dates throughout May followed by a European tour that will include performances at the Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting and Waldrock festivals.

ALCHEMIST released "Tripsis" late last year via Chatterbox Records in Australia and internationally via Relapse. Audio samples taken from the album can be heard now via the band's official MySpace page.

ALCHEMIST tour dates are as follows:

May 02 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar
May 03 - Canberra, Australia - Anu Bar
May 10 - Queensland, Australia - The Step Inn
May 24 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
Jun. 20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
Jun. 21 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo Club
Jun. 23 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil
Jun. 24 - Berlin, Germany - Kato
Jun. 25 - Luka, Poland - Lodz
Jun. 26 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
Jun. 27 - Osnabruck, Germany - Skatehall
Jun. 29 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting Festival
Jul. 05 - Waldrock, Netherlands - Waldrock Festival

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Metalstock Festival Timetable Announced

Sydney's annual Metalstock festival hits Manning Bar this weekend. Tickets to the festival can be purchased for a single day, or as a two-day pass. The timetable for this huge two-day event is as follows:

Saturday March 22nd:
Daysend (NSW): 11:20pm-12:00am
Alchemist (VIC):10:20pm-11:00pm
The Furor (WA): 9:20pm-10:00pm
Terrorust (VIC): 8:20pm-9:00pm
Five Star Prison Cell (VIC): 7:20pm-8:00pm
Ebolie (NSW): 6:30pm-7:00pm
Mytile Vey Lorth (ACT): 5:40pm-6:10pm
Black Asylum (NSW): 4:50pm-5:20pm
Grotesque (WA): 4:00pm-4:30pm
Norse (NSW): 3:10pm-3:40pm

Sunday March 23rd:
Kataklysm (CANADA): 9:00pm-10:00pm
Psycroptic (TAS): 7:50pm-8:30pm
Dawn of Azazel (NZ): 6:50pm-7:30pm
Pathogen (WA): 5:50pm-6:30pm
Ulcerate (NZ): 4:50pm-5:30pm
The Dead (QLD): 4:00pm-4:30pm
Beyond Terror, Beyond Grace (NSW): 3:10pm-3:40pm

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More Bands Added To Graspop Metal Meeting 2008

ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.


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Alchemist European Tour Dates

Alchemist has lined up a handful of October dates in Europe. Here are the latest tour datesd:

10/5 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo Club
10/6 Baarlo, Netherlands @ Progpower Festival
10/7 Aalst, Belgium @ Negasonic
10/8 Aalst, Belgium @ Negasonic
10/9 Liege, Belgium @ The Factory
10/10 Aathalstr, Switzerland @ Rock City
10/11 Munchen, Germany @ Feierwerk
10/12 Netherlands @ Kink FM
10/13 Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Poppodium Romein
10/14 Zwolle, Netherlands @ Popfront

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Alchemist Debut First New Track From "Tripsis"

Australia’s ALCHEMIST has posted the first preview track, “Nothing In No Time,” from their long-awaited new full-length album Tripsis exclusively at Bravewords.com, the online home to metal magazine Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Tripsis will see its North American release on October 2nd (October 8th internationally).

Additionally, ALCHEMIST will embark on a brief European tour upon the release of Tripsis. The two-week tour will include a headlining performance at the legendary Prog Power Festival as well as a live on-air set via Dutch National radio channel KinkFM. A complete listing of ALCHEMIST tour dates can be found online here, with many more to be announced soon.

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Alchemist Readies New Album, Previews Songs

ALCHEMIST, one of Australia’s most acclaimed, popular and unique metal acts; continue to push musical boundaries with their innovative blend of death metal, prog rock and psychedelic elements. September 2007 sees the release of Alchemist’s 6th and most anticipated full length album, ‘Tripsis’. "Tripsis further develops the heavy and profoundly emotive Alchemical style, while featuring a faster, more aggressive hard-hitting feel" according to a release.

You can hear the powerful new tracks of Tripsis live in Alchemist’s only two Australian gigs before their European tour. Those first to arrive will be lucky enough to hear the new recordings before the album is even released, with Tripsis teaser promos being given away free.

Those shows are:

Friday 3rd August @ Corner Hotel, Melbourne
entry $15

Saturday 4th August @ ANU Canberra
entry $15

Alchemist 's "Tripsis" is due to be released in September on Chatterbox / Relapse.

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Alchemist Complete New Album, Announce Tours

Alchemist have recently completed work on their upcoming album, Tripsis. Guitarist Adam Agius described the album as “The most consistently heavy album since Spiritech with all the Alchemist trade marks - psychedelic, atmospheric, packed with crushing riffs intertwined guitar melodies and groove. Tripsis is also the fastest album delivered by Alchemist with a few songs taking the Surfthrash sound to new heights.” The album will be released in Australia in mid-July via Chatterbox Records, and will see an international release through Relapse in mid-September. Some track titles from Tripsis include “Wrapped in Guilt”, “Degenerative Breeding”, “Grasp The Air”, “Substance for Shadow”, and “Tongues and Knifes”.

On July 21st, Alchemist will set off on a tour of Australia and New Zealand supporting the release of Tripsis, which will continue through to late August . The tour will start with an appearance at the first ever Abducted Metal fest (more info here) with a bunch of other big-name Australian metal and rock acts. Following this tour, the band will head through Europe in October, and that tour will begin with a headlining gig at the Prog Power fest in the Netherlands. The complete tour dates listing is to be made available shortly.

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First Ever Abducted Metal Fest Details Announced

The first ever Abducted Metal and Horror Festival has been announced, and will be held at the Arena in Brisbane on the 21st of July, with doors opening at 5pm. Twenty bands, including some of the best coming out of Australia right now, will play across three stages, and the festival will also feature horror cinema, gothic dance and the launch of the new DVDzine 'Up-Skirt'. Tickets are available from the Arena, Oztix, Skinny, and Rocking Horse, and more information on the festival can be found at this location. The line-up for the festival is as follows:

Blood Duster,
Mortal Sin,
Pod People,
Fuck... I'm Dead,
Kill for Satan,
Double Dragon,
Five Star Prison Cell,
The Day Everything Became Nothing,
Anger in Motion,
The Death,
State of Integrity, and

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Alchemist, Nahemah Confirmed For Progpower Europe

ALCHEMIST from down-under Australia will come back to Europe again and returns to ProgPower Europe to headline the event on Saturday, October 6. The band is really looking forward to this, their performance on ProgPower Europe 2004 was one of the highlights of their European trip. The band will do a European tour to promote the new album that will see daylight around August/September, it probably will be the only Dutch gig because the band wants to visit some other countries than they did last time.

Spanish newcomers NAHEMAH are also confirmed for ProgPower Europe 2007, the band also will play on the 6th as well. NAHEMAH recently impressed many people with their debut album “The Second Philosophy”, the band is compared to OPETH but with an own style.

The line-up for this year’s edition of ProgPower is almost complete: More...

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Alchemist Give Update On Remainder of 2006

Australian psychedelic metal band ALCHEMIST has posted the following update on its official web site:

"We have been writing solidly for what feels like an eternity but it's really coming together now. It's definitely going to be a different record to the rest, possibly the punchiest since 'Lunasphere' [1995]/ 'Spiritech' [1997] era. The overall vibe is less cut and dry heavy soft bits and integrated - heavy - psychedelia - driving - trippy mind melt moments!

"We have had some exciting offers for the future and can't wait to get this next record out and get back on the road. Only one more show this year: the big one!

"The last Metal for the Brain festival will be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2006 at the University of Canberra Refectory. This is the last planned ALCHEMIST show for 2006 and will mark the 15th anniversary of the original show and the final instalment as an annual Australian metal event! This year's show will be huge!"

ALCHEMIST's fifth studio album, "Austral Alien", was released in May 2003 through Chatterbox Records in Australia and Relapse Records in the rest of the world.

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Headline News

Last Ever Metal For The Brain Tour Info Announced

Metal For The Brain is an Australian benefit concert for the National Brain Injury Foundation and victim of brain injury, Alec Hurley. It spans three stages, 13 hours, more than 40 Aussie metal bands, and tickets are available from Ticketek for 60 Dollars, all ages. Over 18's must bring their ID to access the bar area and drink. Alcohol will not be permitted to be brought into the venue.

This year's Metal For The Brain Tour tentative line-up and set times have been officially announced. The tour has also launched a full website with more information at this location and an official forum, which was just recently launched itself. The announcement also divulged that this is to be the last ever Metal For The Brain tour, so get ready for this show to go out with an Earth-shattering 'bang'. The tour is scheduled for November 4th, at the University of Canberra Refectory.

Note that some of the below details, in regards to the stages some bands are playing may contain minor discrepancies to details posted on the Metal For The Brain website. The information is not necessarily finalised, and may experience slight changes. Current details are as follows: More...

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Alchemist's "Embryonics" Set For Feb 21 Release

Alchemist's "Embryonics" is a deluxe, double-disc collection spanning the early work by one of heavy metal's most unique and creative bands. An extensive and exhaustive collection, "Embryonics" features Alchemist classics, band favorites, rare demo tracks, and unreleased recordings alike. "Embryonics" is already up for pre-order at this location.

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Australian Heavy Metal Music Awards Winners

The first annual Australian Heavy Metal Music Awards took place on Friday, February 4 at the UC Bar, Canberra. Award winners were as follows:

Best Vocalist - Tim Grose (DUNGEON)
Best Guitarist - Aaron Bilbija (DAYSEND)
Best Bass Player - Mark Palfreyman (ALARUM)
Best Drummer - Matt Racovalis (ALARUM)
Best Keyboardist - Adam Agius (ALCHEMIST)
Best New Band - THE AMENTA
Best Album – "Eventuality" (ALARUM)
Best Video Clip – "First Contact" (ALCHEMIST)
Best Overall Band - ALARUM

The night also featured an hour-long set from Hall-of-Fame inductees and veteran Australian thrash metallers MORTAL SIN.

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