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!
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.
Martin Morin (vocals on “A Delicate Balance” album 1999)
Bob Mitchell (vocals on “11:59:59” album)
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
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
Bands Before Alchemy X:
| Full Name: Steven D Ratchen|
Date of Birth: January 29, 1966
Place of Birth: Jersey City, New Jersey
Years Playing: Bass guitar for 19 years, guitar for 19 years, and keyboards/piano for 29 years.
| 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
| Full Name: Christopher Fox|
Date of Birth: March 27, 1968
Place of Birth: New York Fuckin’ City
Years Playing: Consciously-15yrs