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Alkemyst - Biography



Born in the middle 90's, in the middle of the French Alps, Alkemyst worked hard to improve and get their melodic speed metal tinged with progressive rock influences to maturity.

After two demos noticed by professionnals in 1998 and 1999, the band eventually attracted labels and metaheads attention with their first album, " Meeting in the Mist ". Alkemyst inked a deal with the german giant label Nuclear Blast, and, thank to this unexpected exposure and worldwide distribution, the band rose from darkness being known to a larger audience, appearing to be one of the strongest melodic metal acts coming from France for a very long time.

The band has been composed of a steady and unchanged line-up since 2000.
Séverin Bonneville & Arnaud Ménard play the guitar since the beginning, together with Arnaud Gorbaty on the drums (also playing for few months with Eternal flight) and Denis Mellion (bass and Chapman stick). Last man to be a part of the adventure, Ramon Messina, the singer, is also known for his awesome vocal work with the talented Italian band Secret Sphere.

Alkemyst's music can be defined as melodic power metal, written and performed with the will to sound sophisticated as well as powerful and catchy. With " Meeting in the Mist ", the band began to create their own musical universe.

With their new album, " Through Painful Lanes ", Alkemyst emphatize their musical effort, trying to carry the experience further. As an outcome of a three years labour period dedicated to a deep love of music-making mixed with a flawless will to achieve a real work of art, " Through Painful Lanes " offers a sincere, refined and personal work as well as respectful of major heavy metal influences, as shown by the cover of a Helloween hit, " Eagle Fly Free ".

At last this way of working attracted the attention and trust from several labels worlwide. As a consequence, the album as been released in Japan and Asia by Spiritual Beast records, in North America by Nightmare Records, in Russia and Eastern Europe by Irond records.

Produced by the band on their own, " Through Painful Lanes " didn't undergo any flaw in terms of production. The album enjoyed a luxurious mixing at the Taurus Studio in Geneva, Switzerland (Sybreed, Etna, Rated X ...) and was mastered at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland, by Mika Jussila.

Right now, Alkemyst are ready to promote their new opus, and are planning several live performance in France and outside. They are also working on their next album.