The Alchemist (Witchcraft album)
The Alchemist is the third album from the Swedish doom metal band Witchcraft. The album was released in 2007 by Rise Above Records; the Japanese version contains the bonus track "Sweet Honey Pie" by Roky Erickson, which appeared on Scandinavian Friends: A Tribute to Roky Erickson. "Walk Between the Lines" - 3:24 "If Crimson Was Your Colour" - 3:47 "Leva" - 4:33 "Hey Doctor" - 5:12 "Samaritan Burden" - 6:27 "Remembered" - 5:14 "The Alchemist" - 14:38 "Sweet Honey Pie" - 3:00 Magnus Pelander - vocals, electric guitar John Hoyles - electric and acoustic guitar Ola Henriksson - bass Fredrik Jansson - drums, percussion Tom Hakava - mellotron, upright piano, pump organ, percussion Anders Andersson - saxophone Produced, Engineered & Mixed By Tom Hakava Mastered By Bjorn Engelmann at Cutting Room Studios
Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are searching for the philosopher's stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy; the manga was published and localized in English by Viz Media in North America, Madman Entertainment in Australasia, Chuang Yi in Singapore. Yen Press has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America due to the series being a Square Enix title, it has been adapted into two anime television series, two animated films—all animated by Bones studio—and light novels. Funimation dubbed the television series and video games.
The series has generated original video animations, video games, supplementary books, a collectible card game, a variety of action figures and other merchandise. A live action film based on the series was released in 2017; the manga has sold over 70 million volumes worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The English release of the manga's first volume was the top-selling graphic novel during 2005. In two TV Asahi web polls, the anime was voted the most popular anime of all time in Japan. At the American Anime Awards in February 2007, it was eligible for eight awards, nominated for six, won five. Reviewers from several media conglomerations had positive comments on the series for its character development, action scenes and philosophical references. Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in the fictional country of Amestris. In this world, alchemy is one of the most-practiced sciences. Alchemists have the ability, with the help of patterns called Transmutation Circles, to create anything they desire.
However, when they do so, they must provide something of equal value in accordance with the Law of Equivalent Exchange. The only things Alchemists are forbidden from transmuting are humans and gold. There has never been a successful human transmutation. Attemptees are confronted by Truth, a pantheistic and semi-cerebral God-like being who tauntingly regulates all alchemy use and whose nigh-featureless appearance is relative to the person to whom Truth is conversing with. Attemptees of Human Transmutation are thrown into the Gate of Truth, where they receive an overwhelming dose of information, but allowing them to transmute without a circle. All living things possess their own Gate of Truth, per the Gaea hypothesis heavenly bodies like planets have their own Gates of Truth, it is possible to bypass the Law of Equivalent Exchange using a Philosopher's Stone, a red, enigmatic substance. Philosopher's Stones can be used to create artificial humans of proud nature. Homunculi have numerous superhuman abilities unique amongst each other and look down upon all humanity.
With the exception of one, they do not age and can only be killed via the destruction of their Philosopher's Stones. There are several cities throughout Amestris; the main setting is the capital of Central City, along with other military cities such as the northern city of Briggs. Towns featured include Resembool, the rural hometown of the Elrics. Outside of Amestris, there are few named countries, none are seen in the main story; the main foreign country is Xing. Reminiscent of China, Xing has a complex system of clans and emperors, as opposed to Amestris's government-controlled election of a Führer, it has its own system of alchemy, called Alkahestry, more medical and can be bi-located using kunai. Edward and Alphonse Elric live in the rural town of Resembool with their mother Trisha, their father Van Hohenheim having left without a reason. Edward bears a grudge against their father as he and Alphonse showed a talent for alchemy before Trisha died of the plague. After finishing their alchemy training under Izumi Curtis, the brothers attempt to bring their mother back with alchemy.
But the transmutation backfires and in law with equivalent exchange, Edward loses his left leg while Alphonse is dragged into the Gate of Truth. Edward sacrifices his right arm to retrieve Alphonse's soul, binding it to a suit of armor with a blood seal. Edward is invited by Roy Mustang to become a State Alchemist to research a way to restore Alphonse's body, passing his exams while given the title of Fullmetal Alchemist based on his prosthetic
Alchemist was an Australian progressive metal band from Canberra whose style combined death metal, progressive rock, Eastern and electronic influences. The band released six studios albums, an EP and a compilation album. Work began on a new EP in 2010 but the band went on an indefinite hiatus, they are the only group to appear at every Metal for the Brain festival, an event they ran and organised from 1996. Alchemist has played at the Big Day Out and toured Europe several times. Alchemist was formed in 1987 by Adam Agius as a death metal act; the band released a demo the same year entitled "Eternal Wedlock". The band's style was raw and undeveloped, began to evolve with the addition of new drummer Rodney Holder in 1989; the following year, the line-up of Agius, Andrew Meredith and James Preece recorded a second demo. The demo showed the beginning of the band's experimentation with avant-garde arrangements and psychedelic influences inspired by the likes of Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa. Another demo was produced in 1991, with Preece replaced by John Bray from another local band called Exceed.
Alchemist performed at the first Metal for the Brain festival in Canberra becoming the only group to feature at every occasion. The track "Escapism" from the demo recording was featured the following year on the Roadrunner compilation album Redrum, which included other rising metal acts of the time such as Sadistik Exekution and Shihad. In 1992, Roy Torkington joined Alchemist in place of Meredith. By this time the demos had created enough interest for them to be approached by Austrian label Lethal, who released their first album, Jar of Kingdom, the next year; the album was recorded in Sydney and featured an eclectic mixture of death metal and psychedelia. Two songs featured vocals from a friend of Agius' mother. According to the notes accompanying the 2005 compilation album Embryonics, Agius lost his voice during the recording. Dissatisfied with the sound of the album, the band re-mastered and re-released it in 1999. Alchemist was dissatisfied with Lethal's handling of Jar of Kingdom and soon parted ways with them.
After releasing Jar of Kingdom, the band went on their first tour. During 1994, Alchemist recorded a promotional tape to shop to record companies and a version of the Venom song "Black Metal" for a Swedish tribute album called The Promoters of the Third World War: A Tribute to Venom, now a collector's item; the band began work on its next album, titled Lunasphere, released in 1995 by Melbourne label Shock Records through its subsidiary Thrust. Lunasphere showed a further development of Alchemist's unusual style, adding Eastern motifs and keyboards to its diverse style; the track "Garden of Eroticism" was added to the Triple J compilation album This Is Twelve in 1996 and both this song and "Yoni Kunda" remain live staples. The group supported the release of Lunasphere with a heavy touring schedule that included several shows with joint UK/Australian ambient act Deathless, a slot on the Sydney leg of the 1996 Big Day Out, supporting Cathedral and Paradise Lost on their dual headlining tour, opening for Fear Factory a second time.
They performed live-to-air on the Triple J metal program Three Hours of Power. Two songs from this session would be included on the Embryonics compilation album in 2005. During the same year, pioneering Canberra death metal band Armoured Angel disbanded; the band's drummer Joel Green handed over the running of the festival to Holder, who with the rest of Alchemist was responsible for the event for the next decade. Alchemist began recording Spiritech in late 1996. After enduring a problematic recording process, the band handed production over to D. W. Norton, the guitarist with Melbourne band Superheist and the part-owner of Back Beach Studios in Rye, Victoria. Spiritech introduced more electronic elements as well as tribal rhythms and heavy sampling into the band's oeuvre and opened with the sprawling nine-minute "Chinese Whispers", which remains a particular favorite for group and fans alike. In 1999, the band's next project was an EP that featured as its title track a version of "Eve of the War", the opening piece from the 1978 production, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
Josh Nixon from Canberra doom metal band, Pod People featured as a guest guitarist. The EP included live versions of "Yoni Kunda" and "Chinese Whispers", an electronica remix of "Yoni Kunda" retitled as "Koni Yunda" and two Jar of Kingdom tracks, "Brumal: A View from Pluto" and "Worlds within Worlds." These last two were a precursor to the band's re-release of Jar of Kingdom the following year. This re-release included some new overdubs as the album's original master tapes were damaged, included the 1991 demo in its entirety; this release completed their contractual obligation to Shock Records and Alchemist began to shop for a new local deal as well as international distribution. The group's albums had attained a heavy cult following in parts of Europe in the Netherlands, but they had not had European representation since their failed association with Lethal. In the meantime, Alchemist toured with Pitchshifter. Late in 1999, a new Alchemist track called "Austral Spectrum" appeared on a compilation of Australian metal called Under the Southern Cross and issued by Sydney label Chatterbox Records.
A different version of the song appeared on the Organasm album, again recorded with D. W. Norton in Rye and released in early 2000. To promote Organasm, Alchemist undertook a three-month Australian tour during autumn. Billed as "World War Three", the t
The Alchemist (John Zorn album)
The Alchemist is an album composed by John Zorn and featuring two new compositions, one for string quartet and another for female voices, recorded in New York City in 2013 and released on the Tzadik label in February 2014. All compositions by John Zorn "The Alchemist" – 20:08 "Earthspirit" – 12:56 Jesse Mills, Pauline Kim – violin David Fulmer – viola Jay Campbell – cello Jane Sheldon, Kirsten Sollek, Mellissa Hughes – vocals Marc Uselli – engineer, audio mixer John Zorn and Kazunori Sugiyama – producers
Alchemist (video game)
Alchemist is an action-adventure game for the ZX Spectrum and released by Imagine Software in 1983. The player controls an alchemist. Alchemist was designed and developed by Ian Weatherburn and Paul Lindale, was Imagine's first action-adventure, it was the first piece of software to be released on a gold-coloured cassette and box. The player controls an alchemist, summoned to defeat an evil warlock; the game is set inside the warlock's castle, with the game's primary objective being finding four pieces of a magic scroll. This allows the alchemist to use the "Spell of Destruction" to defeat the warlock; the alchemist can transform into a golden eagle. Transforming between the two is essential to completing the game; the alchemist can hurl lightning bolts and other spells, but the eagle form is required to negotiate steep hills or drops. The alchemist must consume food to keep stamina levels up. Movement, transforming depletes the character's stamina. Fighting monsters reduces the character's stamina, although this can be mitigated by carrying an axe or sword.
Alchemist was released to positive reviews from critics. Reviewers drew comparisons to Atic Atac due to play style. Sinclair User storyline. CRASH praised the game's presentation, graphics and "spooky organ tune". While the exploration of the castle was a drawback for one reviewer, overall opinions about the game's addictiveness was mixed. In CRASH's 1984 retrospective, it was felt that the graphics in Alchemist, whilst detailed, had not aged well; the jerky scrolling, poor keyboard layout, lack of replayability were criticised. Your Spectrum highlighted the alchemist character's graphic, his eagle transformation animation. Alchemist at SpectrumComputing.co.uk
Final Fantasy is a Japanese science fantasy media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi, developed and owned by Square Enix. The franchise centers on a series of science fantasy role-playing video games; the first game in the series was released in 1987, with 14 other main-numbered entries being released since then. The franchise has since branched into other video game genres such as tactical role-playing, action role-playing, massively multiplayer online role-playing, third-person shooter and rhythm, as well as branching into other media, including CGI films, anime and novels. Final Fantasy installments are stand-alone stories, each with different settings and main characters, however, as a corpus they feature some identical elements that help to define the franchise; these recurring elements include plot themes, character names, game mechanics. Each plot centers on a particular group of heroes who are battling a great evil, but explores the characters' internal struggles and relationships.
Character names are derived from the history, pop culture, mythologies of cultures worldwide. The mechanics of each game involve similar battle maps; the Final Fantasy video game series has been both critically and commercially successful, selling more than 142 million games worldwide, making it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. The series is well known for its innovation and music, such as the inclusion of full-motion videos, photorealistic character models, music by Nobuo Uematsu, it has been a driving force in the video game industry, the series has affected Square Enix's business practices and its relationships with other video game developers. It has popularized many features now common in role-playing games popularizing the genre as a whole in markets outside Japan; the first installment of the series was released in Japan on December 18, 1987. Subsequent games are numbered and given a story unrelated to previous games, so the numbers refer to volumes rather than to sequels.
Many Final Fantasy games have been localized for markets in North America and Australia on numerous video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones. Future installments will appear on eighth generation consoles; as of November 2016, the series includes the main installments from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy XV, as well as direct sequels and spin-offs, both released and confirmed as being in development. Most of the older games have been re-released on multiple platforms. Three Final Fantasy installments were released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Final Fantasy was released in Japan in 1987 and in North America in 1990, it introduced many concepts to the console RPG genre, has since been remade on several platforms. Final Fantasy II, released in 1988 in Japan, has been bundled with Final Fantasy in several re-releases; the last of the NES installments, Final Fantasy III, was released in Japan in 1990. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System featured three installments of the main series, all of which have been re-released on several platforms.
Final Fantasy IV was released in 1991. It introduced the "Active Time Battle" system. Final Fantasy V, released in 1992 in Japan, was the first game in the series to spawn a sequel: a short anime series, Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals. Final Fantasy VI was released in Japan in 1994, titled Final Fantasy III in North America; the PlayStation console saw the release of three main Final Fantasy games. Final Fantasy VII moved away from the two-dimensional graphics used in the first six games to three-dimensional computer graphics, it introduced a more modern setting, a style, carried over to the next game. It was the second in the series to be released in Europe, with the first being Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. Final Fantasy VIII was published in 1999, was the first to use realistically proportioned characters and feature a vocal piece as its theme music. Final Fantasy IX, released in 2000, returned to the series' roots by revisiting a more traditional Final Fantasy setting rather than the more modern worlds of VII and VIII.
Three main installments, as well as one online game, were published for the PlayStation 2. Final Fantasy X introduced full 3D areas and voice acting to the series, was the first to spawn a direct video game sequel; the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game in the series, Final Fantasy XI, was released on the PS2 and PC in 2002, on the Xbox 360. It introduced real-time battles instead of random encounters. Final Fantasy XII, published in 2006 includes real-time battles in large, interconnected playfields; the game is the first in the main series to utilize a world used in a previous game, namely the land of Ivalice, which had featured in Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story. In 2009, Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan, in North America and Europe the following year, for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it is the flagship installment of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy series and became the first mainline game to spawn two direct sequels. It was the first game released in Chinese & High Definition along with being released on two consoles at once.
Final Fantasy XIV, a MMORPG, was released worldwide on Microsoft Windows in 2010, but it received heavy criticism when it was launched, prompting
Amore Musica is the fourth album by British tenor Russell Watson released in 2004. "Amore E Musica" "Magia Sarà" "You Raise Me Up" "Gladiatore" - based on the film Gladiator "I Te Vurria Vasa" "I Believe" "La Flamma Sacra" "You'll Still Be There for Me" - based on the film Rob Roy "Alchemist" featuring Lara Fabian "Pray For The Love" "C'è Sempre Musica" "I'll Walk with God" - from The Student Prince "We Will Stand Together" - based on Elgar's NimrodThis album was produced by British record producer, Simon Franglen