Clive Nolan is one of the most controversial protagonists of the prog scene. With Arena, Pendragon and Shadowland he gave many fans wonderful neoprogmoments. Still, he's polarizing. Like his first musical "She", which was released under the Caamora flag in 2008, "Alchemy" is likely to attract critics again. And this simply because it is a musical (expressly no rock opera!) and Nolan serves pretty much all musical and prog clichés. For four years he wrote the story and the music in two acts. And in doing so, he put on some really thick clothes. That he would give in to his already familiar penchant for symphonic bombs, okay, that was to be expected. But unfortunately the whole thing slips into the pathetic kitschy over and over again. The fact that Nolan is supported by numerous companions is almost only of marginal interest: Mark Westwood (Caamora) and Scott Higham (Pendragon) are as much involved as Andy Sears (Twelfth Night), Damian Wilson (Threshold), Paul Menel (ex-IQ) and Paul Manzi (Arena).
Top track: The Warning