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Organasm

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B00005QD5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Buddy G.F. Doucette on October 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Alchemist, those tribal metalers from the Land Down Under, have had very remarkable career of which very few know about. Relegated, for the most part, to Import bins and Back order catalogues, the band has released three previous albums ("Jar Of Kingdom", "Lunasphere" and "Spiritech") all of which made significant progression and were VERY poorly promoted. They present a very unique brand of metal which draws influences from a number of musical styles--most recently, a fetish for mixing Fear Factory and "Chaos A.D."-era Sepultura monster riffs with weird, twisty Australian tribal beats and a knack for really catchy, memorable vocal lines. Add to that the abundance of synth lines and piercing vocal screeches and you have a band doing more than merely coming across as the newest Cradle Of Filth clone in the cluttered world of third-rate black/death metal.
All of these elements combine to make "Organasm" a monster of an album, and one of my biggest surprises from the year 2000 so far. Upon hearing the first notes of this album, it is obvious that this is the best produced piece of work this band has had thus far in their career. "Spiritech", released in 1997, had some tremendous songs, but was hampered, somewhat, by a muddy, undefined guitar sound, which was usually just a "hole filler" rather than being the driving force for their songs. That is remedied here to a HUGE extent--the guitar sound is thunderous, panned very hard on both sides, and is a huge improvement from the above mentioned album. And the vocals of guitarist Adam are absolutely remarakable!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By steve on January 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to describe this band. This is a band you can't really compare to any other metal band. They are very heavy, and at the same time, kind of trippy. Sort of Pink Floyd-ish. There are heavy guitars and vocals on the heavy parts, and some steel or slide guitar (whatever you call it) with cool keyboards on the lighter parts. Plenty of catchy guitar riffs and melodys. A lot of these songs are memorable after just a couple of listens unlike a lot of bands out there nowadays where it takes 100 listens to tell one song from the next.
A lot of different vocal styles are found here. Some heavy deep vocals, some Cradle Of Filth-style high pitch screams, and clean melodic vocals are all found here. I don't know if it's all one singer or if they have more than one singer, but it sure sounds killer! Tired of buying metal cds nowadays because most bands sound the same? Well give this one a try! If you're a metal head who also loves Pink Floyd, you'll love this band. DON'T think that just because I compare this to Pink Floyd means Alchemist sounds like The Gathering. It's nothing like that. Yes, The Gathering rules, too, but Alchemist is totally different. You will not be disappointed with Alchemist! They're hard to find in stores, so you might as well order it online right now since you're here reading this review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul on February 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Atmospherically stunning, heavy but never overdone (well not anymore than is required.) Along with fellow Australians, John Butler Trio and Canadian-artist, Devin Townsend, one of the few artists still worth listening to is Alchemist.
As the follow-up to the hard-act-to-follow "Spiritech", Alchemist seemed like they can do no wrong with 'Organasm'. Two years down the track and several more listens later the album stills hold its own as an incredibly different chapter for Alchemist.
Where similiarities between 'Organasm' and previous albums arise its incredible how better alchemist have done. Listening to tracks like 'Closed Chapter' from 'Lunasphere' left one amazed at sudden progressions from full-on death metal to peaceful guitar ambience. Now on 'Tide In Mind Out', there is far more seemless sound which holds each song together as a song. There's no songs within songs here. This helps the album to really stand out as a collection of songs as opposed to all over the place dynamics.
The album begins perfectly with the didgeridoos on 'Austral Spectrum' and ends with an absolute bang titled 'Escape from the Blackhole'. 'Escape from the Blackhole' while being very full on shows mastersty of the art of subtelty - the song just seems to linger for a while as you expect some huge sudden impact. Not one moment between is done badly. Any screeching vocals are sparing. The albums has its brilliant heavy moments but the softer ones are what truly amaze. The 'Bio Approach' begins absolutely beautifully.
While i have given the album 5 stars to counteract the person who wrote a review having never heard of the band, there are flaws. The basic song structure is very natural, most of the songs start soft and build up to something big.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Ledbetter on November 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It seems that all the bands Ive encountered from Australia as of late are as unique and strange as the Australian fauna. Alchemist, by far, is the cream of the Aussie crop. This is an amazing CD. 'Organasm' has the strange ability to be catchy enough to grab you on the first listen while still retaining a depth that can only be appreciated after intense, prolonged exposure. They are unique and technical, but not too technical. You can actually follow these songs even if you aren't a musician - something a few bands need to learn. Their songs are so natural and organic that you can follow them, but you will be surprised by the originality at the same time. Alchemist are the masters of building a song to astounding intensity while still retaining a strange, psychedelic vibe. I would compare them to Neurosis in that respect, though they sound nothing like them. Their core sound is much like the thrash/death hybrids of the late 80's and early 90's, but they do something so unique with that core sound. Hard to catagorize. Even harder to stop listening to.
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