Tripsis

by Alchemist

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Six albums in and Australia's Alchemist proves to still be on the cutting edge of metallic experimentation. The band incorporates psychedelic flourishes, Gothic melodrama, industrial-strength electronics and worldly mysticism but still remains as progressive as ever.

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released 02 October 2007
Relapse Records
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Alchemist Canberra, Australia

Alchemist is an Australian progressive metal band from Canberra whose style combines death metal, progressive rock, psychedelic, Eastern, Aboriginal and electronic influences

Instinctively aware of the importance of stylistic individuality, and disillusioned with the stagnant metal scene of the late eighties, ALCHEMIST was formed with the purpose of creating original & emotive music.
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Track Name: Wrapped In Guilt
Trapped between your faith and your life
Guilty of lenient strides
In the walk you have chosen to take
Do you feel guilty now?

Force-less and shame filled you judge
They are wrong but you can't hold a grudge
Contradictions you swallow each day
You know they're guilty now

Is it true that you can't sleep at night?
They are free now to fulfil their plight
They are wrong but you leave them to fly
Its you that's guilty now

And you're falling
To your calling
Don't judge me

You're caught between your thoughts
And the words from your mouth
You can't judge others, or you will be judged
Can't you see the contradictions?
Your faith that has failed
Let the guilty be free and the innocent jailed

And falling
To your calling
Self-entrapment
Self-important
And you're failing
So they're laughing
Track Name: Toungues & Knives
Spray me with deceit
Facts distort and die
Convinced you lies are truth
Your flaccid mouth the proof

Lick tongues and licking knives
All your words are lies
You preach vast imagination
Fool yourself into hypnotization

And so you laugh, not to my face
Expect me to trust, you're a disgrace
Sharp is your tongue, as sharp as steel
Blunt is your knife - it's the way I feel
Continuous slobber springs forth from your fucking face
Convinced your lies are truth. Listen to no one
You can't be wrong because your mouth is the proof
Track Name: Nothing In No Time
Try to choose the best path for my life
To have ambition and to strive

Pushing forward driving on
Feeling like you're going nowhere
Feel the pressure self imposed
Feel you're neither here or there
Tame your thoughts to simple goals
Simplicity impossible
Stay on the path no deviation
Fight to reach the destination
Plan, plot, work, strive, bleed, burst
Hope your dreams will stay alive
Black lining, single siding
No false conviction to be hiding
Head down, tales up, reaching goals, no giving up
Push forward, highest gear, only obstacle is fear

Don't give up
Don't give in
You'll have nothing in no tim
Track Name: Anticipation of a High
Sweet - Anxious behavior awaiting your saviour
Time - Expanding contorting all concepts aborted
Wait - for your ticket to escape reality
Lie - to yourself every time you say all is fine
Your life is under scalpel
Slicing carving through your thoughts
Can you bear to live another day?
Social vice, attractive gamble
With your health and sanity
You plan your day to reach your high
Rise - anticipate the high
And fall, to ground
Your saviour, not found
Wasting time, redundant life
Sleep and lie, awake to find, it's gone
You're dependent from now on
And you believe in your own lies
Anticipation of a high
Track Name: Grasp the Air
Hear it now, it's nothing new
Challenge awaits, it beckons you
Head above water. Try to survive
Through crashing waves
Battle through life
Bend and suffer for the usurper
The ones you help will help themselves
But you keep on climbing further
Despite the broken higher shelf
Head above water. Try to survive
Through crashing waves. Battle through life
Empty promise, suiting selves - Grasp the air
Work and save, spend on nil - Grasp the air
On the outer not inside all alone
Your closest kindred knock you off your thrown
Do you ever get the feeling that you battle all alone?
For things in life that seem important
Cannot leave the comfort zone
Track Name: CommunicHate
I feel bound by modern trappings
You can always find me where I'm hiding
We communicate with velocity
Lost on a senseless quest for humanity
So far apart but it's a small world
So close to me yet held away
Communichate no face to face
There has to be a better way
Born to communichate
Our nature seals our fate
Refuse to communichate
A severed line
Try a way to fold life at the seams
Hide from your responsibilities
To talk to people not machines
And find out that we're all discommunicating
Human beings will seal their fate
Unless we can communicate
Man is made of flesh and bone
To speak through lips, put down the phone
Track Name: Substance for Shadow
Well let's look at the facts
We've got this we've got that
You feel fulfilled, you're satisfied
I highly doubt your truth denied
A leap of faith. A brave new world
To push the boundaries
Will you ever know?
Substance for shadow
I hear you say it's what I know
Totally safe above the board
But what I hear there's something more
Human desire takes control
Take a chance, a new sea change
And you may find fortune favors the brave
But if you don't, then step right up
And come and ride the treadmill of life
Around and round you go
Track Name: God Shaped Hole
Desperate and depraved
You've lost your way again
Broken and battered
Towards the face of sin
Demons and thieves
Distract the path you choose
Tunnel vision prevents the world
From ever reaching peace

You know, you know
Been there before
You know, you know
You're not really sure
Your god shaped hole
You know, you know
Within yourself
We're here to help

It's what you want but maybe not
Your quest your curse it can't be stopped
Throw it in. It's where it begins
To take control from your god shaped hole
Track Name: Degenerative Breeding
Clones abound
Replicas all around
The blind will follow
The minds of the shallow

Masses are telling you
Can't do what you want to
Ignore the blind beliefs
Be a god not a slave

To speak without voice
To choose without choice
To steal without theft
To kill without death

There are many who will try to hold you down
But mediocrity it is the easy ground

Wasted time becomes your history
Invest yourself in your prosperity
Clarity creates a certainty
No matter what you are
Or what you want to be

Self-belief should be your self-release
Strive to advance yourself
Don't live by living deceased

You don't live by living
You don't live by living deceased