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The Alchemists

by The Alchemists (double CD)

Double CD of 27 of the world's hottest guitarists, featuring players from as far afield as the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, even Russia.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dark Ages
Richard Daude
4:35 $0.99
2. Fives
Guthrie Govan
4:27 $0.99
3. Ritual Dance at the Foot of Om Al Saiif
Terry Syrek
4:40 $0.99
4. Shrodinger's Cat
Stephen Ross
3:03 $0.99
5. Seasons
Richard Hallebeek
5:49 $0.99
6. The Rain
Todd Duane
3:44 $0.99
7. Crash & Burn
Marc Pattison
4:20 $0.99
8. What the Hell!
Dave Martone
6:48 $0.99
9. Common Ground
Scott Hughes
3:27 $0.99
10. Whatever It May Be
Magnus Olsson
6:46 $0.99
11. Mafalda
3:23 $0.99
12. Out in the Boonies
Phi Yaan-Zek
5:49 $0.99
13. Rising of the Mourning Son
Lyle Workman
9:33 $0.99
14. Sometimes I Still Miss You
Milan Polak
4:18 $0.99
15. Valse Diabolique
Mario Parga
6:03 $0.99
16. Tell Me
Derryl Gabel
5:07 $0.99
17. Screaming Chicken
2:22 $0.99
18. Neverland
Stefan Rosqvist
6:01 $0.99
19. Day Off
Scott Stine
6:05 $0.99
20. Phase 4
Joy Basu
3:47 $0.99
21. If the Moon...
Dave Kilminster
4:35 $0.99
22. War of the Angels
Rusty Cooley
7:08 $0.99
23. Barock
Cyril Achard
7:32 $0.99
24. Bad Luck Go Away
Brett Garsed
4:57 $0.99
25. Super Charged
Rob Johnson
5:36 $0.99
26. The Prophecies of Loki
Stephan Forte
5:38 $0.99
27. Olga
Vladimir Korovin
4:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Alchemy - the process of turning base metal into gold. Translating technique into musical experience. These are The Alchemists. This is the album you hold in your hands, a collection of 27 of the world's finest guitarists.

The Alchemists is the first release on independent guitar label, Liquid Note Records, whose priority is to produce high quality music featuring some of the hottest players in the business.

On this album, you will discover outstanding virtuosity, advanced technical prowess - musicians with an innate ability to move the contents of their heads directly into our hearts. Unlike almost any other modern instrument, the guitar is uniquely suited to speak in a variety of tongues; to express its emotional content in countless languages and in numerous dialects. Here you will find heavy tracks, OTT shredding tunes, gentler, more relaxed moments - premier musicianship from an array of unique talent.

Featuring a diverse collection of extraordinary talent, including Bumblefoot, Brett Garsed, Mario Parga, Cyril Achard, Richard Hallebeek, Guthrie Govan, Stephan Forte and many others, this 140 min double CD will introduce you to emotional soundscapes as well as nearly every conceivable style of guitar playing from every corner of the globe.

One of Guitar 9's most popular releases, this much praised album is essential listening for guitar fans worldwide!



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Eric Rasmussen of Starvox

...There's simply no better compilation to fulfill all of your crazy guitar needs. If you have any interest in instrumental guitar, definitely check out the compilation and get introduced to some of today's top artists.

Metal E-Zine's Richard Karsmakers

The Alchemists is the coolest guitar sampler this side of Shrapnel's Ominous Guitarists of the Unknown. It is, quite simply, a CD that every shred/neoclassical/virtuoso guitarist afficionado should own.

Claudio at Metal Kingdom

27 excellent guitarists, in an immense variety of styles, each one with particular stamp... It is The Alchemists, the first compilation production of the English Label Liquid Note Records; A very variegated and well structured album, musically captivating.. everything in an environment full of skill, dynamism and feeling, inevitable for a guitar lover . Undoubtedly a very good album, but as any compilation, with some absences.

Stand out songs like: " Ritual Should dance at the Foot of the Mountain Om Al Saiif " (Terry Syrek), "The Rain" (Todd Duane), " Crash and Burn " (Marc Pattison), " What the Hell! " (Dave Martone) on the Disc 1 and "Valse Diabolique" (Mario Parga), " Tell Me " (Derryl Gabel), "Screaming Chicken" (Joboj), " War of the Angels " (Rusty Cooley), " Bad Luck Go Away " (Bret Garsed c/Virgil Donati), "Super Charged" (Rob Johnson) and " The Prophecies of Loki " (Stephan Forté); on the Disc 2.

Dmitry Epstein of DME Music Site

Playing a zillion notes per second has become a common place today, but here's an answer to those who say guitar music lost its soul to speed. There's technique and there's virtuosity, and this new label embraces latter without denying the former. Two CDs which are "The Alchemists" serve as an introduction to those who master their instruments and don't stick to a certain style or genre, that's why one disc opens with Mario Parga's "Valse Diabolique", a real wondeful waltz, and the second with Richard Daude's "Dark Ages" comprising the elements of baroque, metal and Latin music. How could this guitarist be overlooked until now is a mystery, yet did anyone pay much of attention to, say, Guthrie Gowan, so bright on ASIA's "Aura" and featured here by jazzy "Fives" rolling in an impressive fretless bass solo? Ditto to David Kilminster - his CV includes colaboration with John Wetton and Ken Hensley. The stars on the rise.

The variety is amazing with influences running from Steve Howe (Stephen Ross' exquisite "Schrodinger's Cat") to Steve Hackett (Lyle Workman's melancholic "Rising Of The Mourning Sun") yet even heavy players go adventurous way: Joy Basu's and Mark Pattison's pieces incorporate techno textures while Stephan Forte's "The Prophesies Of Loki" features a gentle piano. And if some contributions may feel self-indulgent, there are always polyrhythmic tribal dance of Phi Yaan-Zek's "Out In The Boonies", folky "Common Ground" by Scott Hughes and calm of Stefan Rosqvist "Neverland" to save the day.

MJ Brady at ProGGnosis

The Alchemists serves a few purposes for the prospective listener: One - is for discovery, as there are some outstanding musicians/composers featured on this release. Two - Pure musical enjoyment, two full cds of solid listening material. Three - Inspiration, As each of these songs represent a new level of writing and performance for the instrumental progressive/fusion musician.


Fans of the genre (instrumental rock with some progressive edge) cannot go wrong with the album, you get value for your money, cool packaging and a professional layout (with enough information to trace the artists which is very important in a compilation like this!), the players are all worth your attention and some of the compositions are really memorable and make me wanna dig the backing catalogue of the artists up. So I guess the album has reached its target. Cheers to Liquid Note for the initiative.

Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

VA - The Alchemists
This compilation is an evidence that your dream can come true. Matt Williams, ex-journalist of guitar fanzine "G-Force" and author of a great book titled "The Modern Guitarist", has desired to gather his very favourite musicians on the compilation. In order to make his dreams come true, he founded Liquid Note Records and, using many contacts with talented instrumntalists, started to execute his plan. Since the recordings were done at Canadian, American, Welsh and English studios, we could suppose it must have been a great financial undertaking. Thanks to a modern technology that facilitates the communication and data transmission, the costs were reduced to a minimum and, simultaneously, the guard of guitar alchemists was assembled on that compilation's two discs.

It is started with a French guitarist's composition (Richard Daude) who manages to set together a progression, an improvisation and a melody. A consequent of that combination is a style similar to Michael Romeo and Chris Steberl. Guthrie Govan is a representative of fusion that is often regarded as an equivalent word for jazz/rock music. I admit that Guthrie mainly places emphasis on jazz arrangement's solutions. The following instrumentalist, Terry Syrek is exceptional not only for the sake of his excellent technique, but, first of all, due to his neurologic disease, that is focal dystonia. It means that only two fingers of his left hand are efficient (associations with Rick Renstrom can be called for instance!). His track is most distinguished by references to the Near East music and solos with George Bellas' "touches". There is also an interesting story behind Stephen Ross' composition. Erwin Schrödinger, Austrian physicist who discovered the wave equation, carried out the experiment proving that a cat can be both alive and dead at the same time. That abstract event stimulated Stephen's imagination and he decided to depict an imagined cat with his guitar. His acoustic composition is performed in so innovative way that I am "willing" to believe in crdibility of aforementioned experiment, haha. The next is a Dutch virtuoso, Richard Hallebeek who referes in his track to one of fusion masters - Allan Holdsworth. Next, Todd Duane with his "The Rain" can be freely rated among the younger wave of guitar virtuosos the likes of Anand and Edward Box for instance. Marc Pattison sometimes is compared to Yngwie Malmsteen, but I am not sure whether some reviewers have sufficient grounds for classifying those musicians side by side. First of all, Mr. Pattison isn't a neoclassical guitarist, and his music is much closer to Tony Hernando's for example. A Canadian - Dave Martone adroitly combines a calmness and heavy sound with the limited number of melodies. However, Scott Hughes managed to pack a good deal of flavours of Irish folk music into the melting-pot of fusion. A progressive track by Magnus Olsson reminds me of the full bloom of symphonic rock in the style of Camel. As regards instrumental, it is also based on jazz gambits usuallu used in fusion. Bumblefoot's "Mafalda" proves that Guns'n'Roses have had a lucky streak to catch such a gifted freak like Ron Thal in the line-up. He performs experimental kind of virtuosic music and is currently one of the top guitar freak in the world, haha. Here you will find instrumental jigsaws, mathematical precision and improvisations with groove elements. Matt William's cooperator - Phi-Yaan Zek recorded a track in the style of Tony MacAlpine's soundtrack to "Cab". Lyle Workman's number out of his album "Tabula Rasa" would also fit to the mentioned movie. It joins characteristics of progressive rock with a calm fusion. An Austrian guitarist, Milan Polak, mostly famous for his guitar combinations, sounds presentable in "Sometimes I Miss You" whose title speaks for itself.

The second disc is began with a track by Mario Parga - one of the most underrated British guitar virtuoso. His composition's title - "Valse Diabolique" - can mislead the listener on the face of it. A word "diabolique" suggests a fast tempo, but you'd better think of Johann Strauss' works and the word "valse" that has never belonged to the mad dances, haha. Its mood is another matter and can be indisputably considered devilish, haha. Briefly put, it's a neoclassical composition in the style of Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert and Jason Becker. Next musician, Derryl Gabel doesn't speed up, and even slows down, performing his track out of a solo release - "Visions And Dreams". Joboj steps harder on it, and his guitar sound makes me think of a twin Tony Hernando's instrument's one. Stefan Rosqvist includes some movie accents in fairy "Neverland". Scott Stine's "Day Off" can be smoothly put next to Faraz Anwar's works. Joy Basu introduces a kind of diversity to the second disc of that compilation, injecting techno elements with "Phase 4". It was also happened in John5's "Vertigo" and Marty Friedman's "Music For Speeding". If you make think David Kilminster of the John Wetton band, you are right. Dave shows that romantic ballads aren't banal and have their importance even in progressive rock. Mr. Kilminster has obtained such a guitar sound that should be enjoyed by the fans of Michael Lee Firkins' "angelic" music. A classic shredder comes in the nick of time - the "object" is Rusty Cooley. He makes for melodic progressive metal in "War Of The Angels" and it is a kind of herald for his band - Outworld. A French guitarist, Cyril Achard prepared for us an acoustic version of "Barock" out of "Confusion". The composition includes salsa features at rhythm 7/8. Brett Garsed proves, in "Bad Luck Go Away", that he is a great specialist in combining rock music with jazz. The next track "Super Charged", deriving from "Guitarchitecture", is soaked through a progressive experience of Rob Johnson (Magnitude 9). One of my favourite track is undoubtedly Stephan Forte's "The Prophecies Of Loki" - another French virtuoso of Adagio. It is absolutely suitable for a costume movie from Louis XIV period. If you don't believe me, let's try to listen to complex and neoclassical parts by Kevin Codfert. Your practiced ears should seize a progression, some rhythms from the Middle East music and shredding influences. To Gary Moore's romantic ballads' fans, I can recommend the closing track - "Olga" by Vladimir Korovin.

As you have probably noticed, I tried to sketch the picture of tones in most possibly condensed form. But you'd better realise that these two discs are almost 140-minute musical performance under the unparalleled title "The Alchemists". I am pretty sure that most of you will be surprised by the fact that 95% of tracks are slow and, what is necessary to stress, performed by a sizeable fusion instrumentalists team. In other words, the listener will not be only absorbed by performers' technical abilities, but chiefly by an unusual mood and melodiousness that are the main componenets of most compositions on "The Alchemists". I am convinced that it will be an unforgettable experience and a journey into stylistically different virtuosity's areas, especially for those who are poorly knowledgeable about virtuosic music. Matt, it's astonishing that you managed to gather all those alchemists who were able to turn the music into a precious gold!

shredders of time

This is the best fast paced cd around!
This CD never keeps you bored with 27 great artist who can really play. You can go from a nice mellow tune with Scott Hughes, COMMON GROUND, to a nice hard rocking song like Rusty Cooleys, WAR OF THE ANGELS. Some songs are pure guitar solos! I recomend this CD to anyone!