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Review of Inim Bala by Alchemy Prophet

Review of Inim Bala by Alchemy Prophet

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I first met Matt Lay when I partnered with Paranormal And Supernatural Team (PAST) during a paranormal investigation of Boards n Beans last summer. I've heard about Lay in prior work with PAST, but it wasn't until that night that I met him and saw some of the technological wizardry he creates.

Lay has been creating music since he was a child, with his focus being violin and electronic keyboard. Many of his musical inspirations include The Alan Parsons Project, Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Gustav Holst and Mike Oldfield. He's always had a love for music, although his life has often led him down different avenues of expression.

Lay's story starts in the 1980s when he lived in Mobile, Alabama. Lay was very open about spiritualism and didn't agree with the mantra of mainstream religion. However, he found the culture in the southern United States very restrictive with religion and spiritualism. He would move to the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia in 1989 for a fresh start. However, when he was setting up his new life, the United States fell under the "Satanic Panic". Lay found himself once again harassed by hate groups and ridiculed by local churches, many misunderstanding his ideas, teachings and lectures. This was a difficult time for anybody pagan in the United States.

Matt Lay

Lay would join the United States Armed Forces as a member of the Air National Guard. Quickly he would become the Pagan Liaison for several military bases. His role was to help educate military officials so they could meet the religious requirements of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He did this for many years until he returned to the United States.

In the 1990s he would resume his love for music and create backbeats for hip hop artists. All this changed when he was struck by lightning. When he recovered, Lay's music took a darker turn and he started PsiVamp, an industrial techno band. PsiVamp would create eight albums, with their most popular being Necrogravercon (2006).

Matt Lay again

In 2013 Lay wanted to create music that was easier to listen to and he started up Alchemy Prophet. In the six years since then, he has released two albums Formulae (2007, which was released when PsiVamp was still producing music) and Manifest (2015). His third album Inim Bala comes out on October 31st, 2019.

Alchemy Prophet

When Lay isn't creating music, he's working on The Mudutu Effect, a personal journey for himself and anybody else who wants to join him. It is defined as a "group of individuals striving to find our own individual answers and realise that each of us hold a piece of the puzzle to someone else's questions". Lay has met hundreds of incredible people through The Mudutu Effect, and their stories became the inspiration for Inim Bala ? which translates to "To Converse".

Although the album doesn't come out for a few more weeks, I got my hands on it about a month earlier. I wasn't aware of Lay's background in electronica so I was a little unsure of what the album would sound like, but I was pleasantly surprised with the opening notes. The first song "Messengers" is a repetitive four-beat track with overlaying instrumentals, showing off Lay's long-time love affair with the electronic keyboard. Many of the songs on the album have a similar format too, which I enjoyed listening too. Overall I really enjoyed the album, and I felt it very reminiscent to Daft Punk's orchestral works.

Northern Lights

Once I was a few songs into the album, I looked at just how long the album was. To my surprise, it was 19 tracks long ? which is almost unheard of these days. It's common to buy an album with a half dozen songs on it, but never almost twenty. Having such a large album gives Lay the opportunity to express himself and his music in a variety of different ways.

My favourite tracks on the album are "Healing", "Leviathan" and "Singularity" but I found many of them had a mystical feeling to them. I often had myself thinking of video game scenes where characters are wandering through a misty forest or ascending a towering castle.

This concept of mysticism in music is something Lay was going for. He calls it the "magick of musick", with the extra "k" being an homage to the religion Thelema. The extra "k" is used to differentiate between performance magic, such as pulling a rabbit out of a hat, and spiritual magic, such as something that moves a person towards their own destiny. In many ways, Alchemy Prophet's Inim Bala is a conversation between himself, the people he met and the listener ? a conversation that is done without a single spoken word.

Inam Bala album artwork

Inim Bala will be available at The Broom Closet (401 Dewdney Ave East, Regina) and Hecate's Magickal Marketplace (511G 33rd Street West, Saskatoon) on October 31st. It will also be available on digital platforms, such as iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon or wherever else you get your music.

Thank you to Matt Lay for the opportunity to listen to your album and for helping me put together this article. You can follow the Alchemy Prophet and The Mudutu Effect on Facebook. Thank you to his wife, Alyson Ford, for supplying the images.

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