What do you get when you combine thrilling power metal with a genuine progressive approach? Alkemyst knows the answer. Their amazing LP â€œMeeting in the Mistâ€ holds all the key elements that add up for a truly memorable album. This exclusive re-edition of Alkemystâ€™s debut opus brings back one of the most exciting releases ever to emerge on the French metal scene!
The band was originally formed in the eastern part of France in 1992 under the name Endless. The founding members were two guitarists â€“ SÃ©verin Bonneville and Arnaud MÃ©nard. After completing the line-up with bassist Denis Mellion and drummer Arnaud Gorbaty, the group (now as Alkemyst) begun shaping their musical style and in 1998 they released their first demo, â€œFrom Depths to Lightâ€. A second demo followed in 1999, bearing the title â€œA Path to Heavenâ€. Thanks to these two releases, Alkemyst caught the attention of numerous record labels, which finally lead to signing a contract with the famous Nuclear Blast Records. With a new signer on board â€“ Ramon Messina â€“ Alkemyst begun working on their debut offeringâ€¦ After some production hassles, the band finally managed to release â€œMeeting in the Mistâ€ on June 30th, 2003. The album starts slowly with the symphonic, instrumental intro â€œSpells & Elixirsâ€ and then immediately attacks the listener with the speedy and melodic track â€œStill Aliveâ€. This song pretty much sums up the bandâ€™s musical style, offering a brilliant mixture of old-school power metal in the likes of Manowar, Blind Guradian or Helloween, and passages typical for the prog metal genre. Other highlights on the LP include â€œItâ€™s Timeâ€, â€œHold On To Your Dreamsâ€, â€œPassageâ€ and â€œEmpty Skiesâ€. But perhaps the most memorable track on the entire album is â€œNameless Sonâ€, a 12-minute epic juggernaut which ends the LP. The album received critical acclaim all over the world and soon became one of the most respected releases on the French metal scene.
â€œMeeting in the Mistâ€ â€“ is still considered a masterpiece and brilliantly combines all the best elements of both power and prog metal genres. So feel free to take a walk inside the mistâ€¦ who knows what secrets it holds?
Metal Mind Productions will re-release the album on 8th September in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition includes 3 bonus tracks and is limited to 1000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc.
â€œMeeting In The Mistâ€ (remastered + bonus tracks)
Label: Metal Mind Records
Cat. No.: MASS CD 1294 DG
Format: CD Digipak (limited edition of 1000 numbered copies)
Genre: power/progressive metal
Release date:08.09.2009 USA
1. Spells & Elixirs
2. Still Alive
3. It’s Time
4. Up to Heaven’s Gate
5. Hold on to your Dreams
6. A Meeting in the Mist
8. Empty Skies
9. Nameless Son :
Chapter I: – The Awakening
10. Chapter II: – The Falling Star
Chapter III: – Visions and doubt
11. A Meeting in the Mist (Radio Edit)
12. A Meeting in the Mist – Live 2004
13. Empty Skies – Live 2004