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Someone on the message boards on Rob Halford's website used to talk these guys up all the time, years ago. One day, I was going through the bargain bin at my favorite local store and spied their latest album, Organasm. I decided to gamble $5 on it, and it paid off. As I soon discovered, Alchemist marry what might seem to be the rather disparate genres of death metal and psychedelia. I like to think of them as the
Pink Floyd of death metal, but you may not agree. In which case, you are obviously a false and a poser (sic)!
Seriously, though, Alchemist are heavy as a swear word for copulation whilst mighty trippy and freaky, at the same time. I debated what song to pick, and decided to go with this one from their out-of-print third album, Spiritech. A few years back, Relapse Records released a nifty double-CD, Embryonics (left) compiling most of the tracks from the album along with material from their first and second albums, 1993's Jar of Kingdom and 1995's Lunasphere, their Eve of the War EP, and some demo tracks and live recordings. This song, however, was one of the few left off.
Lest anyone think the lyrics might be transphobic, I've decided to include them for your perusal. They're certainly not run-of-the-mill death metal verbiage.
Union of opposites become union
of ones self.
The universe above mirrors
the universe within.
You search for identity,
schizophrenic multi being.
Your two have become one,
your libran scales often sway.
Focus your thoughts on balance
meditate on harmony.
Elevate your mind and all that is
Your active male, fuels your fire for
Your passive female, maternal soul.
Under the scepter of Zeus,
Your two become one.
Let your will penetrate
Deeply from within.
Your libran scales sway
With eternal unrest.
Two as one.
Unisex, you are she and she is him.