Alchemy X Discography




Album: 11:59:59
01. Shifting Images (1:42)
02. A Kiss Before Dying (7:49)
03. Renaissance (7:30)
04. The Dance (0:37)
05. Penance (5:02)
06. Reverie (0:28)
07. Interlude (More Real Than Real) (4:17)
08. Space Between Walls (0:31)
09. Beyond the Veil of Sorrow (5:01)
10. Looking Glass Memoirs (5:45)
11. 11:59:59 (4:36)
12. Afterimage (1:21)
13. The Dance (Reprise) (0:31)


Album: A Delicate Balance
01. Sister (8:20)
02. Emotion: Time & Resonance (4:01)
03. Emotion: Killing Thoughts (5:19)
04. The Sands of Time (8:11)
05. Alchemy (5:41)
06. Fatality Complex (7:25)
07. Requiem by Moonlight (6:52)
08. 7th Sign (4:28)

Album Commentaries

Album: “11:59:59”
(produced by Rob Schreiber and Alchemy X, recorded at DMS Studios, Long Island City, NY between November 2001/August 2002, mixed and mastered by Konstantin “Mozart” Kamcev)
Released in January 2003 on CD by Unisound Records, Greece

The genesis of this record began before the first album was even released. In fact, those people who were at the record release show at Down Time in Manhattan back in March 1999 can attest to the fact that seminal versions of “A Kiss Before Dying” and “Renaissance” were both played that night! Other bits and pieces that ended up on this record were played at various shows during 1999 (Club Bene, Birch Hill, etc.) when we were actually supporting the first record. When Marty left the band in the fall of 1999 (and then again after a brief second stint in 2000) we balanced writing music for the new album with searching for a new vocalist. By the time I found Bob in March 2001, almost all of the music had been written, and I had lyrics for most of it along with a vague idea to do a concept album. I always liked the time-based title, so overly dramatic yet compelling to look at, and wanted to do an homage to bands like Marillion when they wrote concept records like “Misplaced Childhood” and “Clutching at Straws”. The idea was to loosely structure a story around the pieces, with little interlocking musical passages, but to make the material strong enough to stand out on its own as well. I have to give Bob credit for the idea of the central protagonist being a hit-man, and I crafted the “banality of evil” story-line, where this guy is on his deathbed, recounting his misspent life in flashback sequence, and how easy, routine, and almost untraceable his descent into this kind of depravity really was. We all owe a great debt to Chris Fox, not only for his unbelievably great guitar work and composition, but it’s his photographs of the Manhattan skyline from a Long Island City perspective that adorn both the font and back cover of this record.

From a production point of view, this record couldn’t have been more different from our debut. First of all, both Rob and Chris Scorsese bought Digital Performa recording units with all the accoutrements, greatly lessening the stress of working on someone else’s clock and meter. We did the pre-production work at Scorsese’s, and then Rob took the helm as producer and we were able to really maximize our productivity. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for him to continually shift his focus from player to producer and back again, but I can’t imagine anyone would’ve done a better job, or gotten more out of us!

Nuts and bolts-wise, there are the obvious changes to having Bob as vocalist, stylistically so different from Marty, as well as my change to the Conklin 7-string bass. Aesthetically, I think we were more interested in telling a story, evoking emotions, so that the song was the”thing”, so to speak, and we didn’t feel the need to wow the audience with our spectacular technical prowess, perhaps because we felt we’d already accomplished that part of the equation with our first effort.

Oddly enough, other than all the usual tensions you encounter, the process of recording “59” was so much smoother than “ADB”, strange and ironic considering the material is much darker, more stark and barren, and I think the record captures the quiet desperation I had hoped it would. Conversely, the four of us were in much better places emotionally for this record than for the first.

 

Album: A Delicate Balance
(co-produced by Alchemy X and Doug Oberkircher, recorded/mixed/mastered at Bear Tracks Studios, Havestraw, NY between November 1997-June 1998)
Released independently via Healy Disc records March 1999.

I think the title is fairly indicative of where we were as a band circa 1996-99. Our budget was quite limited in making the record, hence the nearly year and a half process in recording/mixing/mastering, and that incubation period seemed even longer when we didn’t release it until the Spring of 1999. We’d written the material way back in ‘96, so it was hardly new or fresh to us, still, I think we were as satisfied with the end result and product as we could be under the circumstances.

Getting back to the title, I came up with it after stepping back and seeing the bigger perspective of where all our lives were at the time, both professionally and personally. We had so many issues swirling around us, and the constant specter of finishing this record was both draining and daunting, to say the least. It almost felt to me like we were walking a proverbial tightrope between our professional and personal lives, and of course, each other. I think the material reflects a lot of that, in dealing with both personal loss as well as the anxiety of dealing with new relationships.

The cover concept was simply Marty, Rob and me sitting at my kitchen table one night and pasting together various images from diverse sources to make a collage. Obviously, the logo plays heavily into the disk itself, and I think Healy Disc did a great job bringing our vision to life in that regard.

One final trivia/annoyance not many people are aware of is the track ID. The song “Emotion” was never meant to be broken into two separate tracks, but rather to play continuously, as the nine minute or so song it was written as. The end result is a little confusing in that there are eight tracks but really only seven songs!

For song commentaries click here.

Interview

Sacred Metal Interview with Alchemy X

1) When did this band actually form? What happened with the original singer after the release of “A Delicate Balance”, since he had a helluva voice?

Chris Fox: Around 1992 I met Rob and we began Jamming and I showed him a few songs which ended up on our 1st CD. Then we began a long search to fill in the missing pieces.

Chris Scorsese: Well I had ran an add in the East Coast Rocker with my friend Evil (?) that said Bass and drums looking to form orginal band don’t be a fool, call now and become rich like us! Eventually, Chris and Rob called it but to there surprise we where poor! As for Marty he went his own way to follow his own silent quest.

Rob Schrieber: The band was fully formed in october of 1996. Chris Fox and myself had several different outfits before then with no real name or agenda.. Scorsese came in around late 1995, Marty (original singer) summer of 1996 and Ratchen in october of same year.. That was the line up until January of 2000 when Marty decided to leave and move to Seattle, Washington in pursuit of whatever. As for Marty, basically he wasn’t happy with the direction of the music and wasn’t patient to let things run their course as well as the success of the band or lack there of…….. It made it very hard for everyone… He left on a down note and no one really cared…

Steve Ratchen: As Rob alluded to, I was actually the last to join the band, which was called “Time” back in 1996, I believe I suggested “Alchemy” which we played under for 1997 and most of 1998 when our legal advisors suggested a slight change, hence the “X” Martin left the band in 2000 to pursue other opportunities.

2) So, who are the brains behind Alchemy X? Introduce yourself to the readers of our magazine.

CF: The nucleus has always been me Rob and Scors then Steve in different combos I think I actually force fed Dream Theater to everyone in the very beginning trying to program the guys to play music I wanted to write- it worked out better than I could have planned or imagined. Everyone has a very unique talent and we complement each other well, or sometimes, we scream at each other ..but it’s all in the name of Art.

RS: Brains of the outfit? That is a comical statement but I would honestly say we try to keep it pretty democratic… Chris Fox and I have tried to set the tied with how the music usually will pan out but Steve has really kind of rounded it all out with his experiences and talent.. Steve writes the majority of the melodies and lyrics.. We all work at different points on the music.. Who ever has the most inspirational idea at the time takes the floor at the studio. On the business end we are self contained as well.. I used to do the majority of the phone work, follow-ups and public relations stuff. after about 3 years I burnt out and at the same time as Marty was having his issues I backed out from those responsibilities and gave them to Steve. I’ve taken on another Identity as well though.. that being “Engineer” Yes.. We have put together 2 – 32 track home recording studios. One is at Scorsese’s and the other at mine. Makes for a convenient work, environment…

CF: The nucleus has always been me Rob and Scors then Steve in different combos I think I actually force fed Dream Theater to everyone in the very beginning trying to program the guys to play music I wanted to write- it worked out better than I could have planned or imagined. Everyone has a very unique talent and we complement each other well, or, we scream at each other ..but it’s all in the name of Art.

SR: Rob, Chris Fox and I write the music, and I have written the vast majority of the lyrics, though Bob and I are collaborating on the lyrics for “11:59:59”

CS: I would have to say all of us we really work great together and have fun doing it!

3) Your style is somehow hard to put into certain drawer. It is too heavy and traditional to be labeled prog-metal, it is too sophisticated to be just ordinary heavy metal, it is melodic and accessible on the one side but the melodies are different from the typical lines that Metal bands use. Quite outstanding if you ask me. What do you guys call your style?

RS: I would still say we classify as ourselves as “progressive rock/metal”

SR: We’ve always considered ourselves a progressive metal band, though your point is well taken.

CF: We like to call our genre “our music” it’s just an infusion of all the things we’ve each listened to, admired, and played in our rooms by ourselves for hours -hell for years until we all met. so it’s a little bit of everyone – let’s just say it’s prog from the heart and soul and sometimes even dreams as in the case of Seventh Sign.

CS: I don’t know, I think we just play what we feel. All the guys have so much talent its kind of like the music finds its own path.

4) Does this band play allot of concerts? What is the situation like for a band like Alchemy X in your area? Do the Metal heads understand and accept you? How do we have to imagine a typical Alchemy X concert? Some guys in denim and leather or a real theatrical show?

RS: We haven’t had a lot of success over here in the club atmosphere.. We seem to have a better following at festivals and such.. We haven’t done any major shows in over a year and half.. mainly to do with lack of a vocalist.

CF: As far as shows go we used to play out frequently but got burned out from a poor club scene here . Although we always had great audience response , we felt like we weren’t getting anywhere playing live. Performance-wise we just play, no real show our music is often very intense and intricate at times so there’s little time for theatrics but metal heads headbang to it!!!

SR: Alchemy X has concentrated completely on recording, though we have played some high profile shows at places like the Birch Hill and Club Bene in the NYC area. Unfortunately, our genre is not very popular in the U.S. but we have established something of a following in Europe.

CS: Well it felt like every time we played here in America, the clubs aren’t anything to boast about and there are allot of young kids that we wind up playing out with which sucks because they don’t really accept our type of sound. I think we’re more of a musicians band anyway.

5) Since “A Delicate Balance” is now two years old, do you have any new material and how does it sound like? Did you straighten up the material or did you stay playful but still accessible? How do Bobs vocals differ from those of Martin?

RS: As far as the new material… We have definitely “straightened up” in a few of the songs.. but we have also got a couple of things in there that will completely lose the average listener.

CF: The music has gotten heavier Steve, Rob and I all play 7-string instruments . I do force myself a lot into the writing as far as heaviness and rhythms go -I’m a big fan of low and heavy sounds…and it will be obvious to an AX fan that we’ve delved deeper into ourselves and gotten heavier both lyrically and musically as well . Although we haven’t really, purposely written intricate sections as in “A Delicate Balance ” our signature stylings are apparent – it just happens it’s one of the magical things about connecting with other artists you respect and admire- as we call it “the schwartz” or way of expressing the moment when you know something works and kicks ass- you feel it like some tangible energy. It’s very weird and addictive. We really just play what’s on our minds and whatever comes out is AX. Anytime we’ve consciously tried to write a certain way it came out contrived and stale. I think both Bob and Martin have very distinct vocal stylings and there is no comparison in and of each other. They both have voices that as soon as you hear you know who it is. I would consider Marty operatic and melodic and Bob would be more “metal and in your face.”

CS: We’re finishing up the drums for the new cd on Thanksgiving night, so we will have the new stuff out very soon which I think is going to be better than the first album. I really like working with Bob. I feel he will add some taste to the new album!

SR: 11:59:59 is our new album, due out tentatively in spring 2002. My original idea was a homage to Marillion’s “Misplaced Childhood”, an album of songs that are connected and part of a thematic concept record, but which can also exist as singular pieces, and that basic tenet remains. Bob’s vocals are completely different from Marty’s, though I don’t know that we consciously changed any of the music due to that, but certainly, hearing these tracks sung by Bob is very reminiscent of Ian Gillan or Jon OIiva, whereas Marty sounded more like James Labrie of Dream Theater.

6) I asked Bob before how he got to be a member of Alchemy X, Steve, now it is your turn to tell how you found this excellent singer.

SR: Well Sascha, Frank Oquendo, an old friend of mine, who is now playing with Bob and I in Denim and Leather suggested I call Bob, the two of them have been close friends since childhood, in any event, Frank thought his style would be an interesting compliment for our sound, and in retrospect, he was correct in his assessment

7) By the way, what happened following the release of “A Delicate Balance”? Why did Martin leave the band? Were there any more line up changes? How are the responses from the Metal fans? What quantities of the CD did you sell already? Was there any label interest in Alchemy X since then?

CF: Well ” A Delicate Balance” has received scores of great reviews and favorable responses from the Prog and Metal circuit and record labels/distributors worldwide. Thus we have sold a modest amount of CD’s and have received offers from Europe and Asia – mostly distribution and headlining gig’s at Prog festivals- which we regrettably have to turn down due to financial and time constraints alike .Marty left the band to pursue a “normal ” life with his wife in Seattle,WA .There were some differences as far as direction and writing went but he tried hard and gave his best . We all appreciate his time and effort and ultimately for helping us figure out what we were looking for.

RS: After the release of “A Delicate Balance” we went on a rampage of shows to get it kicked off… We had attorneys shopping to quite a few different labels and managed to get onto The Howard Stern Radio Show… after little to no response from the labels our attorney gave up and as a result put more pressure on us to get something to happen.. which in-return led to allot of pressure, arguing and the departure of Marty.

SR: “A Delicate Balance” has sold modestly well in Europe and Asia, and we have been approached by a few companies, but as of yet remain unsigned. We’re constantly seeing the Alchemy X name on web search engines, particularly in Europe, so that’s always a confidence boost for us. The lineup is intact, except, of course for adding Bob Mitchell to replace Martin on vocals.

CS: Yes there David Chastain from Leviathan Records he’s waiting for the new CD. He liked “…Balance”, he was very cool about it.

8)What is the deeper meaning of the band name? Doesn’t it cause some confusion among the Metalheads? There are Symphony X, King’s X and now Alchemy X. Maybe this question is stupid as the bands’ names are as different as the sound but doesn’t this happen sometimes?

RS: Band name?? Ask Steve.. It was just suppose to be called Alchemy but for legal reasons we put an X on it. gives it a whole new twist.. wouldn’t you agree.. I mean no one else would ever think of using an X ???????

SR: Quite honestly, I had never even heard of Symphony X, much less any of the other “X” bands prior to our decision to alter the name-so we certainly weren’t looking to expound on any trend. As is usually the case, the truth is never quite as interesting as fiction-I wish I could give you some intricate and exotic story, but we had fooled around with so many derivatives, that Alchemy X just seemed to be a good fit. CF: To me A-X is a cohesive unit of 5 talented people that have unique energy and writing ability . Alchemy is by definition a science by which people would try changing something plain or simple, like lead, into something very special and unique like gold . We feel the music we create always evolves from the simple idea into a great piece of music with intensity and dynamics. The X is the unknown that exists in all of us and around us ….very deep eh? Actually we had to add the x in order to keep the name Alchemy because, apparently, it’s a very popular name on the web and within the music /art realm .

9) Well, where am I? Okay, here we go, what was before Alchemy X was? In the beginning there was silence and then someone created Alchemy X. Has there been any band in the life of the other members except for Bob (who is already famous) before Alchemy X? Any releases?

RS: Everyone in this band has done tons of other work.. As for myself before moving to New York in 1993 I released a CD back home in Wisconsin with a trio called “Vision” that was picked by a really small Indy labels and went no where. It was a very pop/rock sound with a bit of guitar show casing on it. Reminiscing to a God forbid Poison meets Journey.. Although I really enjoy both bands. When I hit the big city I worked my way around in out of different projects most going no where until I managed to get hooked up as a side guitarist for Rob Balducci. He was shopping his debut release of guitar instrumental rock and had an entire east coast tour set up when I was let go a week before it was set to hit off. After that I’d had enough of that whole scene.. Chris Fox and I had been friends at the time being co-workers and all.. Chris was having his fill of disappointments as well and since the two of us were fans of each others styles/influences/guitars and all that jazz we decided to put our heads together and form what is now called Alchemy X. In between our down time here this past year I co-wrote, played and produced a record for Chris Wilson called the King of Delay. Its a poppy/folk thingy with a couple heavy hitters in there just to break it up. Something way off the beaten path for me but it sure was fun… and here we are again with the new record.. But still I have a few things hidden under my sleeve for a “Rob” project for the future!!

CF: Everybody has been in projects and bands before AX. I myself have been in a few bands mostly metal/prog. One project I was in was recorded by Josh Silver from Type O Negative at his Brooklyn home.

SR: I was the vocalist/bassist/keyboardist for a 3-piece prog band called Trinity back in the mid to late 80’s, we were a Rush meets Mercyful Fate type outfit, released an independent record in 1989, unfortunately, people in the US were no more ready for my 15 minute epics in the 80’s then they are now!

10) So, since Alchemy X is one of the most intergalactic space bands on this planet, do you guys have some really scary or funny stories for us? We post everything!

RS: Crazy stories… The funniest thing I can remember is playing this small club up in the Bronx… the house drum kit was basically a 2 piece. Luckily Scorsese brought a couple of extra toms.. it was a thunder storm and the roof was leaking right over the drum set.. the stage was just big enough for everyone to stand as long as no one moved we looked fine… at one point I remember leaning back a little and knocked the cymbals over into the kit as well as the water was dripping on everything, the power kept going on and off, we managed to keep it together and had a great show.

CF: Funny story would be us thinking about recording a cd at Bear tracks Studios where Dream Theater records with Doug Oberkircher their engineer. It was so absurd of an idea clear across the board for a number of reasons, mostly financial, but the craziest idea actually came true and we’ve met and hung out with Dream Theater while both of us were recording.

11) Your song “Alchemy” is a real minor hit, could you imagine turning it into a major hit?

RS: “Alchemy” a hit? Our producer Doug Oberkircher figured that would be the one to do something for us. I never did???? Go figure.

CF: “Alchemy” is probably our most Metal song – in my opinion not at the very top of my list …although I do a ripping solo on it.

CS: That’s great! I always had a quest that some day, I would be able to do what I like to do for money and that is play my drums and make music. This the longest time, with a band, that I have ever been in and got something out of it even being on the great radio king Howard Stern’s show. It seems to me that we’re very well liked over seas so I think it’s great! I’m glad I can give something to the people that they can enjoy. I would like to play over there for you guys so keep listening to us please forward our music to one and all who will appreciate our music. The new cd will be over to all of you ASAP!

SR: We’re very grateful at the response both to “Alchemy” the song, and the album in general. I don’t necessarily think we’d need to alter the song for radio or anything like that, just perhaps get the record to more people, which, hopefully, your website and others like it will help to accomplish!

12) I heard that Chris Scorsese is related to the great movie director Martin Scorsese, wouldn’t this connection be a chance to get the band into one movie, maybe to contribute to the soundtrack or so?

CF: Yes! The big secret is out! He is Martin Scorsese’s nephew. Great minds think alike! We are working on the movie connection and in due time something will happen. Meanwhile AX will have music in an indie film entitled “Fortunes” filmed in New York ..Coming out soon.

RS: We have approached Chris’s uncle Martin. His staff has offered some help to us but at the moment nothing has come up yet… It would be nice though!

CS: Yes I am. He’s my father’s brother and he is also my god father. He has done some things for us in the past but it’s hard to get sound tracks especially if you’re not on any kind of label. That’s been our problem but I have been seeing my Uncle allot lately and we have been chatting so as soon as the new cd is done, he will be shopping it around for us and we’ll see what he can do. You guys like his movies? I know I do, even if he is my Uncle Marty.

13) What are your personal influences? What bands were you guys listening to when you started with music in general and metal in special, what are your current favorites?

RS: Favorites.. ahhh yes.. Long list. Early days would be Journey, Rush,Van Halen, Dokken, Kansas, anything for me that had a cool riff or catchy hook… in the later days.. Total Dream Theater nut.. Tool, Satriani.

CF: Personally I am influenced greatly by all the bands my father listened to and by hanging out with my older cousins growing up. Mostly the Beatles, Hendrix, Led Zep and Kiss in the early years before picking up the guitar – then – there was Van Halen…”Eruption “! Sealed my fate the 1st time I heard guitar playing like that I was brainwashed . I’ve been record copying and lick stealing ever since. I love Petrucci and Vai ..had a George Lynch phase for awhile and then of course Yngwie, Satriani, Tony McAlpine . On the Blues side would be Stevie Ray and Robben Ford. I often listen to classical music love Vivaldi .But then I also love the new Staind album and even Linkin Park….. very creative stuff .I listen to almost everything and ultimately have been influenced by it all . What’s currently in my cd player? Staind, A-X , Linkin Park, Stravinski, Liquid Tension Project II and also Acoustic Alchemy-the jazz band not us unplugged!

CS: As far as my influences they are, Queensryce, Dream Theater, Rush, Fates Warning, System Of A Down, Yes, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and FUCKING BIOHAZARD Who I happen to be good friends with especially Danny, the drummer.

SR: My influences are very eclectic to be sure- everything from the Beatles and Concrete Blonde to Slayer and Kansas with a lot of classical, Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Prokofiev- right now i still listen to a lot of Marillion, Rush, Iron Maiden, Dio, etc.- I think one of the strengths of the songwriting in AX is our diverse influences so you can hear any number of styles in any one song

14) Bob already told me his opinion about the meaning of the term “METAL” and Bob, would you please tell it to our readers also?

SR: I suppose any label is just that, but “Metal” always makes me think of the masters of the genre, the progenitors, like Priest, Maiden, Deep Purple before them, obviously Sabbath.

CF: Metal Rules! Nothing compares, it has an energy and a way of expression without parallels.

15) OK, here is your chance to spread some final nonsense and tell the people in this world what to expect when the Alchemy X crusade begins!

RS: When Alchemy X returns???? I don’t make the rules nor the popular demand but to those who are avid AX listners/followers I think your going to need to have your speakers re-wired for Intensity!!!!!!!

CF: Well 1st comes the inevitable wave of tattoos of the AX logo which half of the band has already. Then we will start impregnating all the women to build the AX legion up then total world domination will soon follow suit….but seriously, we’ll just keep on playing and writing. Hopefully, people will continue to dig our stuff and spread the word that there is something out there that’s deep, melodic, dynamic and powerful that can provoke thoughts and feelings and bring you to a place away from all the insanity that surrounds us in our present lives. So everyone enjoy our music and thanks for all the support !

SR: Spread some final nonsense? I thought we already did that when we released our record!!! All kidding aside, we’ve always taken our music quite seriously, but never ourselves, hence you can always bank on self-deprecating humor with us! wi

Band Alchemy-X

All time favorites

This page is a tribute, to one of my favorite bands of all time, a band which also inspired the curent website you are on. I’m curious how many of you have listened to Alchemy-X? I can still remember the first show I attended. Here’s a little bit about them!

 

Band Biography:

Artist description

Critically compared to prog acts like Dream Theatre and Fates Warning, Alchemy X nonetheless has managed to carve out their own niche in the very underground scene that is progessive metal here in the U.S. At times sounding heavier than the aforementioned bands, AX has also drawn comparisons to Iron Maiden and Savatage in that modality, as well as contemporaries in the field like Symphony X, Aztec Jade and Defyance All these characterizations have merit, depending upon which album or song one is hearing at the moment. The superior Petrucci-esque guitar work of twin 7-string ax-men Chris Fox and Rob Schreiber finds the perfect balance between furious riffing and bottom-end heavyness, while Steve Ratchen is quite possibly the only person who effectively plays seven string bass guitar upside down! This strange configuration further adds to AX’s unique sound. Ratchen also adds everything from atmospheric strings to classical piano, laying texture to the bands more lush pieces. Drummer Chris Scorsese also walks the fine line between Neil Peart percision and all-out thrashing. The addition of former Attacker/Sleepy Hollow singer Bob Mitchell turns the tried and true formula of Geoff Tate type vocals for a heady prog outfit on its ear! Mitchell’s famous rasp kicks it into high gear, but his fans will be more than surprised at the justice he does the softer, almost ballad-esque counterpoints on AX’s new album. Dark imagery, great intellectualized lyrcis from Ratchen and Mitchell, and top-notch musicianship are Alchemy X’s calling cards, and fans of “A Delicate Balance” will not be disappointed with their new sound or effort.

Music Style
Progressive Metal

Past Members:
Martin Morin (vocals on “A Delicate Balance” album 1999)
Bob Mitchell (vocals on “11:59:59” album)

Instruments
Steve Ratchen is endorsed by and uses Conklin 7-String GT-7 bass guitars exclusively; Chris Scorsese is endoresed by and uses Vater Sticks exclusively

Albums
A Delicate Balance (1999); 11:59:59 (2002)

Band Member Biographies:


Full Name: Chris Scorsese
Date of Birth: July 11, 1965
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York
Instrument/Brand Played:
Drum Equipment:

  • Tama and Ludwig drums Pastie cymbals Old zildjians and sabian cymbals
  • Vater Sticks
  • Saluda Cymbals
  • Aquarian Drum Heads
  • Pearl Pedals
  • Gibraltar Cage Systems

Recording Equipment:

  • Mackie Boards
  • Alesis DM5 Drum Machine
  • DBX Gate Compressor
  • Rane Mono and Stereo EQ.
  • Apple G4 Digital Performer
  • Behringer Board – Motu 2408
  • Behringer MX 8000 Eurodesk mixing console
  • behringer 1953 pre amps
  • Motu 2408 Recording Mics
  • Shure SM 57 Audix Mics
  • Shure Vocal KSM32/SL marshall MXL-V67
  • KRK-V 6 Studio Monitors

Bands Before Alchemy X:
-Too many to list, I only care about Alchemy X.
Favorite Alchemy X Song: Requiem By Moonlight
Influences that play your instrument:
Cozy Powell, Neil Peart, John Bohnam, Scott Rockinfield, Mike Portanoy, Dave Weckl and many more…
Other bands you listen to:
Kid Rock, Arrson, Rush, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Ted Nugent, Police, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio, Life of Agony, .FUCKING BIOHAZARD, Deftones, Slipknot, Fear Factory, Tapping Vein, Drill, Orange 9 mm
General Comments: None at this time!

 


Full Name: Steven D Ratchen
Date of Birth: January 29, 1966
Place of Birth: Jersey City, New Jersey
Instrument/Brand Played:

  • Conklin Groove Tools 7 string bass
  • Conklin Bill Dickens model 7 string bass
  • Alesis QS6 Synth

Years Playing: Bass guitar for 19 years, guitar for 19 years, and keyboards/piano for 29 years.
Bands Before Alchemy X:
Lead singer/bassist/keyboardist for Trinity 1985-87 same for Dominion 1988-91.
Favorite Alchemy X Song: Sister because it shows all facets of our playing ability,stylistics and dynamics all in one song
Influences that play your instrument:
Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Steve Harris, Joey Dimaio J.S. Bach Other bands you listen to: Rush, Queensryche, Fates Warning, Marillion, Concrete Blonde, The Tea Party, Slayer, Kansas
General Comments: I think Alchemy is a very apt moniker for this band, because we have all sacrificed a little of our personal thunder, so to speak, to synthesize the material into cohesive, yet complex compositions that work as “songs” as well as technically challenging pieces, both muscially and lyrically-but not so “over the top” that they alienate anyone who isn’t a “musicians musician” I think that is what, perhaps, differentiates us from many, so-called progressive bands -this being said in all humility from someone not known for being humble.

 


Full Name: Tom Engel
Date of Birth: 1/13/77
Place of Birth: Glen Ridge, NJ
Instrument/Brand Played: Vocals..I use basically any microphone that I can wrap my manly hands around
Years Playing: 13
Bands Before Alchemy X: Mostly shit that never made its way out of the basement.
Current Projects: I’m Also working on various writing projects of my own.
Favorite Alchemy X Songs: ‘A Kiss Before Dying’ and ‘Renaissance’.
Influences that play your instrument: Russell Allen, James LaBrie, Geoff Tate, Devin Townsend, Billy Joel, Sebastian Bach, Ann Wilson, Freddie Mercury, Zak Stevens, Ray Alder, Rob Halford.
Other Bands I Listen To: Symphony X, Dream Theatre, Queensryche, Skid Row, Heart, Queen, Enchant, Savatage, Pain of Salvation, Marillion, Rush, Yes, Kansas, Journey, Judas Priest, Fates Warning, Kamelot, Disturbed, Tool, Sevendust, AIC, Saliva, Shinedown, Faith No More, Genesis, Jethro Tull.
General Comments: I just like to sing! Singing’s my favorite!

Full Name: Robert A. Schreiber
Date of Birth: September 11, 1970
Place of Birth: Marshfield, Wisconsin
Instrument/Brand Played:

  • Guitar– Ibanez -6 & 7 String
  • Ovation -Acoustics, Yamaha -Nylon & 12 string Acoustics
  • Mesa Boogie Amps/Lexicon Gear/ anything that sounds good…. Long Live Gear!

Years Playing:
17
Bands Before Alchemy X:
Too many to mention besides the one with my buds back home.. Vision -Hats off to Scott and Tony, you guys ROCK!! I couldn’t have gotten this far without them to bitch to all the time.
Favorite Alchemy X Song:
Requiem By Moonlight/Kiss before Dying w/outro from the new CD..
Influences that play your instrument:
In the early Days.. George Lynch, Paul Gilbert,Reb Beach, Eddy, Rhodes, as I’ve gotten on in my days… The obvious – Chris P. Fox – wit dem crissspy licks! John Petrucci, Steve Morse,Al DiMeola, Steve Travato, Robben Ford,& the list goes on and on… Anyone who makes the hair on my neck stand up!!!
Other Bands I Listen to:
Rush, Journey, Kansas,Dokken,Pink Floyd, Yes, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Queensryche, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Charlie Daniels, ZZ Top, Robben Ford (Great Tone). Yanni, Green Day, Shania Twain (Whatababe) T.Bone Farruggio. General Comments:
I can’t thank God enough for giving me an ability to express myself through music and being able to share it with people in the world. Alchemy X is in such an early stage. We have barely begun to scratch the suface of our abilities as writers and musicians.. Through the years to come there will be much music made from these people and we hope to get it to you all.
Personal Note:
It’s in the making. but I would like to add a link to other projects I’ve done.. The Chris Wilson project is being recorded in april and Vision is going to re-release our demo CD with some new material! By then Alchemy X should have the 2nd CD done and I’ll have a total of 4 under my belt! 🙂 Just trying to make full use of the website.

 


Full Name: Christopher Fox
Date of Birth: March 27, 1968
Place of Birth: New York Fuckin’ City
Instrument/Brand Played:

  • Ibanez 7-Strings
  • 2 Custom built strats(ESP+Charvel)

Years Playing: Consciously-15yrs
Bands Before Alchemy X:
No band comes before Alchemy X..LOL…a few that went nowhere
Favorite Alchemy X Song: Sister for it’s plethora of emotion, time changes,and styles and A Kiss Before Dying (on upcoming CD – basically Sister’s cousin )
Influences that play your instrument:
George Lynch,Steve Vai,Joe Satriani,John Petrucci,Edward Van Halen,Neil Schon,Rob Schreiber
Other Bands You Listen to:
Dream Theater, Rush, Journey, Korn, BIOHAZARD!!!, and tons of jazz/classical music
General Comments:
I would love to devote my time to just this project because we have so many thoughts, feelings, imagery, dreams & poetry…a lot of unfinished business to relay to the world.I would like to say that I hope the bands that are in the spotlight right now understand and make full use of the fact that they have been given a gift and understand how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to play to the world.

 

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