ALKYMIST was formed in 2016 by guitarist Stefan Krey (Gas Giant) and bass player Kaspar Luke (Düreforsög). In 2017 vocalist Peter Bjørneg (Detest) and drummer Philip Kjær Morthorst (The Ritual) completed the lineup. The intention was to create the heaviest possible music within an atmospheric universe.
The debut-EP ‘Element’, produced by ALKYMIST themselves, was released January 2018. The EP’s spirited and original approach to progressive sludgy doom, as well as the mystical and minimalistic visual aesthetics, created a buzz in the Danish scene, where expectations for the band’s forthcoming album was noticeable. Now ALKYMIST are ready with their self-titled debut album, which consists of six grandiose metal compositions within 45 minutes, recorded by Lasse Ballade (Solbrud, Orm, Slægt etc.)
The music on ALKYMIST’s debut album can be defined as progressive doom-metal – a sort of “art-metal” – which shares a common kinship with classical music and 70’s progressive rock.
ALKYMIST do not submit to conventions of genre or rules of style… on the contrary they are their own masters, which on the album is demonstrated with a complex sound, noticeable virtuosity and superior compositional overview. It’s crushingly heavy but also melodic and catchy, equally full of dynamic, pauses, texture and sonic experimentation. At the same time this creates a strange and beautiful, but also a terrifying expression.
ALKYMIST lets the music generate a space for interpretation, in which the listener is able to form own images, moods and conceptions. You are invited on a journey through a world of paradoxes and primordial forces, in a complex, intense and lyrical soundscape.