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Alkymist’s “Paradise” Now Live and Visualized


Some may prefer their doom metal to double as a primitive bone-crusher, while others want a solid hymn to pencil in under their will’s Last Rites heading. During their inception in 2016, Denmark’s Alkymist aimed for a sound as bleak as both of these breeds combined, but a drive for technical integrity shifted their flavor to receiving Crowley-esque visions in windswept desert.

Living up to the curious accident after which they happen to be named, the quartet did, indeed, turn different pieces of metal into gold.

With a solid bass of heavy firewood, the embers are achieved with an elixir of passion and a dash of wispy air. The atmosphere that seers in its wake is a polished approach to psychedelic stoner goodness. While this strain of doom is known for being heavy on the 1970s nostalgia, Alkymist’s work holds up in its own right as they bring their self-titled full-length (released last year) to life with new live visuals. Check it out below.

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Through cool smoke electrified with a futuristic glow, Alkymist offers a candid presentation in their video for a ten-minute odyssey track “Paradise.” Ultimately, mighty riffage lures a follower to a place they could have never imagined. The fall of the track’s midsection to mystical meanderings and steady symbols provides an opportunity for vocalist Peter “Detest” Bjørneg to spread his charismatic work. The repetition of words and the idolization of experimentation breathe life into a ritual used to conjure the spirit of slow-and-heavy metal. The troupe’s acceptance of clean lines is especially refreshing. The modernly understated artwork for Alkymist, for example, leaves room for its own myth to be written instead of hiding behind lustrous archetypes established once upon a time.

If the visuals for “Paradise” are any indication, an Alkymist show provides a raw expulsion of talent that is easy to get lost in. While enjoyment of their upcoming tour dates are limited to lucky Danes, our appetites have been wet with what this budding band has in store.

Alkymist released last October via Indisciplinarian. Stream the entire album below:

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