CD Reviews

The Rock Alchemist - 'Eyes Of Mind' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 18, 2012    
0.0 (0)
7679   0   1   0   0   2




Fabulous stuff!

I don’t know about you but I think there are the beginnings of a subtle power shift in the European rock/metal scene away from Scandinavia – that let’s face it has been at the forefront of the rock/metal revival since the early noughties – to the sunnier climes of the Mediterranean or more specifically Italy. Sure the Scandinavian scene is as vibrant as ever but it seems that my review pile for virtually every issue of Fireworks contains a release from yet another talented band from the Azzurri. Turin based The Rock Alchemist are no exception.

The band have chosen their name well as one of the defining goals of alchemy is “the transmutation of common metals into gold” and that pretty much sums up in one sentence The Rock Alchemist’s approach to their music. At their heart they are undoubtedly a progressive metal band but – no doubt from learning their chops playing in Bon Jovi, Europe and Journey cover bands – they bring a serious arena rock styling and sensibility into everything that they do. Ok it may not be gold that they’ve created but its bloody good none the less!

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

They kick things off with ‘Live Or Die’, a song inspired by the extraordinary life of the late, great F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna. Although this is essentially a guitar driven hard rock song with no discernable chorus the addition of some deft AOR touches and one or two prog flourishes turns it into something rather special. Why not check the song out on You Tube, where it’s set to some vintage Senna footage, to see what I mean. The gentle acoustics of ‘Guardian Angel’ are up next that build into a huge rousing chorus, creating a real arena filling power ballad that also features some fine lead work by guitarist Beppe Geracitano. ‘The Pantheon’ is one of two short instrumentals on the album that starts with some tribal rhythms before giving way to a crunching riff and more exemplary lead playing from Geracitano.

A rumbling bass then heralds the arrival of one of my favourite cuts on the record. ‘Shakespeare In Rock’, with its killer riff and incisive melody, will have old school Queensrÿche fans positively salivating and left wondering why Rÿche can’t produce songs of this quality anymore. The band has chosen to include actual prose composed by the Bard himself to make up the lyrics. It may not recreate Will’s famous iambic pentameter rhyming couplets but one thing’s for sure I don’t remember enjoying Shakespeare like this when I was at school! ‘Fly Away’ and to some extent ‘Eyes Of Mind’ head into heavier Symphony X/Dream Theater territory; where staccato riffs, intricate drum patterns and well placed keyboard embellishments serve to showcase the high level of musicianship within the band.

They leave the best ‘till last though. ‘Broken Glass’, a smouldering seven minute blues epic, is easily the best song on this rare metal nugget. Fabulous stuff!

Alister Strachan

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (1)add comment

Peter_G said:

April 09, 2013
Votes: +2

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  January 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 3 days ago
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site