Monthly Archives: October 2012

Lacuna Coil Touring now!

Lacuna Coil have been entertaining and inspiring crowds for 18 years now, since their formation in the city of Milan in 1994. The band were previously known as ‘Sleep of Right’ and then ‘Ethereal’ before settling on the name we all know so well Today, translated in English as Empty Spiral.

From such humble beginnings, they’ve grown to become one of the best-known European metal acts around today. Their sixth studio album ‘Dark Adrenaline’ was released earlier this year with rave reviews, and they are now currently performing around Europe in celebration of it.

Lacuna Coil have returned to the UK with their Dark Legacy tour, and are set to perform in Manchester tonight, before the final gig in London this Sunday. We at Alchemy are huge fans of the band and the feeling is mutual as they can often be found sporting items from the Alchemy England Apparel and Alchemy jewellery ranges both on and off stage.

Front woman Cristina Scabbia has an impressive range of Alchemy pieces – one of her favourites is The ‘Temptation of Havva’ necklace [P571]. She was also recently photographed wearing one of our statement pieces; the ‘Star of Ishtar’ ring [R162], which is enhanced by a star-cut Swarovski topaz crystal. The symbol represents the Babylonian goddess of love, war and sex and while we wouldn’t go so far as to suggest that Cristina ticks those boxes, there’s no denying she looks stunning in her Alchemy gear!

Cristina was recently featured in the Kerrang Magazine, wearing the latest additions to her ever expanding impressive collection of Alchemy treasures! She wears the ‘Upir’ Pendant [P584] accompanied by the ‘Hornets Nest’ Ear-Wrap [E303] [Both pictured below].

Want the Rock Goddess look? Visit the approved list of Alchemy dealers and order yours today!!! www.alchemyengland.com/buy

Lord Ruthven: Master of the night

Lord Ruthven, brought to life in the titular piece “The Vampyre” is the quintessential master of the night. Known for death and debauchery, this bat-like cross brings to mind how his evil overcame the virtue of those who laid down as his victims, surrendering their lives as he strode on into immortality.

Hailed as one of the first vampires in English literature, Lord Ruthven was truly a dark depiction of the beautiful, terrifying, seductive creatures of the night as we know them in the present. Through the good-hearted Aubrey, he carved a treacherous, debauched path through London society; seducing and killing women until his own death – swearing Aubrey not to speak of him for a year and a day thereafter.

But of course, the vampyre does not stay silent for long. Setting his amorous intentions on Aubrey’s sister, seeking only to corrupt the good and pure, Lord Ruthven sent the man into a crazed breakdown in which all of Ruthven’s secrets were spilled… and he died under mysterious circumstances not long after.

 

The Ruthven Cross (P595) is a memorial, then – to those who lost their lives to Lord Ruthven’s lust, but also a testament to immortality, and darkness conquering all. To order yours online, please visit www.alchemyengland.com/buy

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper is one of the world’s most well-known, yet mysterious serial killers with a name that speaks for itself!

The Ripper, who was linked to a chain of murders targeting female prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888, often repeated the same mutilation to each victim. The five known victims are Mary Anne Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly.

The gruesome attacker removed the internal organs from at least three of the victims, so precisely that some people believed the killer was a Surgeon, or at least was familiar with the skills of autopsy.

He/She (as the gender of the killer is unknown) in fact named themself in a letter written to the media at that time, although many people considered this to be a hoax. In one of the letters, it included half a preserved kidney, which is one of the main reasons the serial killer was named ‘Jack The Ripper’.

The exact number of murders committed by the serial killer is still unknown. Largely due to lack of forensic facilities and knowledge back in the 19th century. Initially the Police conducted house-to-house enquiries throughout the area of the murders, and examined forensic material from the murder scenes. Shockingly over 2000 people were interviewed, of which more than 300 were personally investigated, and 80 were detained! Frustratingly none of this lead them to the killer. There are now over 100 theories about the Ripper case and the identity of this historical murderer still remain a mystery today!

In February of this year a ‘Jack The Ripper’ inspired pendant was included in our Spring collection, adapting the daunting and morbid tale, to create a Memorial piece to Whitechapel’s luckless victims. The ‘Jacks Tally’ pendant [P632] ‘features the bloodies knife purported to be the villain’s, and street signs of the five crime scenes with red crystal blood drops and Swarovski mourning stone…’

Order yours in time for Halloween by visiting our approved Dealers page at www.alchemyengland.com/buy

Radio 1 Rocks!!!


 
This next week sees BBC Radio 1 celebrating all things rock music with a week of incredible, exclusive live performances from some of the biggest rock bands of the moment.

 

The radio station most commonly known for its championing of popular music, will be hosting 4 special rock themed evening shows from Monday 22nd until Thursday 25th October, co-hosted by Zane Lowe and the voice of Scuzz, Daniel P Carter. On top of the evening shows, which will be performed in front of a live audience at the famous BBC Maida Vale studios, the headliners from each Radio 1 Rocks night will be doing exclusive live lounge performances for Fearne Cotton every morning from 10am.

The bands featured throughout the week include; We Are The Ocean, While She Sleeps, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Lower Than Atlantis, You Me At Six, Deap Vally, The Gaslight Anthem, Twin Atlantic and Biffy Clyro. With the later, guest hosts of the Radio 1 Rock Show from midnight on Monday.

Check out the full line-up below.

Monday 22nd, 7pm- 11pm

We Are The Ocean

While She Sleeps

Bring Me The Horizon

Bullet For My Valentine

Tuesday 23rd, 7pm-9pm

Lower Than Atlantis
 

You Me At Six
 

Wednesday 24th, 7pm-9pm

Deap Vally
 

The Gaslight Anthem
 

Thursday 25th, 7pm-9pm

Twin Atlantic

Biffy Clyro
 

Live lounge performances from 10am:

Monday – Bullet for My Valentine

Tuesday – You Me at Six

Wednesday – The Gaslight Anthem

Thursday – Biffy Clyro

Only 2 weeks to Halloween…What are your plans?

When it comes to haunted houses and ghostly gatherings, there are many popular venues to choose from around the UK. Here are a couple to get you in the mood for Halloween!

In London’s East End, The Ten Bells Pub is said to be haunted not only by the ghost of murdered Victorian man. It’s also linked to serial killer Jack The Ripper as it was the drinking hole of his very last victim Mary Kelly.

 

A little further north, Oxford Castle is considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country. It’s been associated with ghosts and poltergeists and even served as a prison for just over 900 years! But one of the most famous tales revolves around the curse of 1577, where hundreds of people mysteriously died within the space of a few weeks.

 

Whether you’re planning a spooky sojourn this Halloween or just staying in to watch scary movies, Alchemy has a great range of products to get you in the mood. Why not complement your Dark Gothic outfit with our coffin shaped ‘Bone Casket’ leather handbag [LG36]. Or for something a little more subtle wear our chic ‘Deception’ pendant [P645] ; a fanged skull mask enhanced by red and blue enamel and Swarovski crystals. We all hope you have a spooktacular Halloween!

You can order yours online, and many other Halloween styled Alchemy Pieces by clicking the link to our Approved Alchemy Dealers: www.alchemyengland.com/buy

Come Into My Parlour….

In this dramatic, chilling fossil, an arachnid was trapped in amber, just as it was about to devour a wasp, some hundred million years ago. Amber has been employed to make jewellery and other items of beauty since Neolithic times. But it also has great scientific interest that stretches even further back into pre-history. For amber – formed from fossilised tree resin – can preserve examples of ancient animal and plant forms from long before man walked the earth. There can be few more striking – and simultaneously sinister and fascinating – examples than this ancient struggle, frozen forever from when dinosaurs ruled the earth, and recently discovered in the South-East Asian nation of Myanmar:

‘This juvenile spider was going to make a meal out of a tiny parasitic wasp, but never quite got to it,’ explains Professor George Poinar Jnr. in the journal Historical Biology. ‘This was a male wasp that suddenly found itself trapped in a spider web. This was the wasp’s worst nightmare, and it never ended. The wasp was watching the spider just as it was about to be attacked, when tree resin flowed over and captured both of them.’ The Professor, an expert in such finds from Oregon State University, is excited by the dramatic discovery as it is the earliest example of a spider capturing its prey thus far uncovered. There’s also a little poetic justice there, as the ancestors of the wasp frozen here in amber now prey on spiders…

While we can’t deny that the fossil’s a little creepy, even icky, there also something profoundly beautiful about the colours of the amber, and captivating about the fatal moment suspended for such unimaginable lengths of time. There is something simultaneously terrifying and enchanting about arachnids that transcends time, and that our designers at Alchemy keep being drawn to. Just like our poor unsuspecting wasp… Take, for example, the Incy Wincy Forme Hand-Ring(R177), which uses its uncanny eight-legged elegance as the basis for an Art-Deco accessory. Or why not go for the Nidus cuff stud earring (E193), a ‘grotesque spider, chained to its fine lined web’..

 

Order yours online and many other Alchemy products here:www.alchemyengland.com/buy

Rock ‘N’ Roll with Elvis

Elvis Presley died in 1977, or to put it another way, has now been dead for as long as Alchemy have been established!
Elvis Presley still retains his title as the king of Rock ‘N’ Roll.
This year, more than 75,000 people have turned out for a Vigil at his Graceland Mansion! Many events are to be staged this year in honour of ‘The King’. Elvis Presley’s hits include; ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Hound Dog’. Famous not only for his vocals, Elvis was also a great actor, and has inspired many artists to this day.

Why not celebrate and pay tribute to ‘The King’ by ‘Takin’ Care o’ Business’ with the Elvis inspired Alchemy pendant (ULP26, shown below)..

This black enamelled neck thong, with its fully modelled skulls, echoes the famous Elvis icon; with tattoo style ‘UL13’ branding & plaited leather thong..
To order yours online, search our list of our approved Alchemy Dealers here: www.alchemyengland.com/buy

Become an Alchemy dealer

Have you ever thought about becoming an Alchemy dealer? Whether you currently run a shop or webstore, or you are simply thinking of an extra or alternative income stream, Alchemy’s vast range of product and global popularity could be just what you are looking for!

Under the uberbrand Alchemy1977, Alchemy are the UK’s all-round alternative lifestyle-mongers, offering an unprecedented choice from a range of collections in one all purpose catalogue. Alchemy’s pedegree, background-history and long-experienced creative craftsmanship gives you everything you want to refine and indulge your own personal tastes.

Here at Alchemy we are wholeheartedly dedicated to the marketing of the brand to the benefit of all our dealers! With our increased marketing efforts, ever growing Licensed range of products and endorsements by such highly recognised bands as Five Finger Death punch, Lacuna Coil and The 69 Eyes, We have gained an enormous following the world over, with over 40,000 fans now liking our Facebook page! So there is no better time than now, to come on board and reap the rewards of stocking a range of UK manufactured products from a highly successful well recognised brand which is continuing to grow from strength to strength each year!

When becoming an Alchemy dealer, your will be designated an account manager who will oversee the whole order process, taking personal care of your account and every need, offering as much advice as possible.

To find out more about becoming an Alchemy dealer, please visit our trade website www.alchemygroup.com and fill in the online registration form to receive our trade pack in the post, and login details to the site.

A Dark Engagement

At once a piece of sumptuous design and a token of dark affection, many tales surround the Dark Engagement as a symbol of an undying love that can never be. Whispers and rumours tell of a wealthy young man and a woman born of working class so deeply in love that they had eyes only for each other, wishing only to marry and make their union complete despite fierce disapproval from all sides and an era in which class divides made such a longing impossible.

Presenting her with this offering of betrothal, the young man promised to run away and elope with her on the condition that she wear the ring always, for the dark blue crystal within would only keep its rich colouring when worn by one completely in love. And run away they did, in the dead of night while prying eyes were sound asleep – though none know how their story ends. Decades after the ring was recovered, no trace has ever been found of the illicit couple, as though they have fallen out of time and recollection altogether…

A regally familiar, most authentically beautiful and stunning Swarovski crystal ‘sapphire and diamond’ engagement ring, but with artfully saturnine undertones. To treat yourself or a love one visit www.alchemyengland.com/buy to order online through our recommended dealers.

Night of the Voting Dead!

We generally steer clear of politics here at Alchemy, but we couldn’t help but feel inspired by the latest candidate to throw their hat into the ring for the upcoming US Presidential elections. The only nominee to represent the interests of the undead, Mr A. Zombie has been attracting high profile coverage from such media outlets as USA Today and Fox News, in order to broadcast his post-mortem agenda. However, as his speech is mostly confined to worryingly hungry moans, articulating Zombie’s policies has largely fallen to his still-living (and doubtless very understanding) wife, Patti Morgan-Zombie. Such as his stance on unemployment, where Zombie vows to “strive to increase America’s workforce… even if it kills me. Again.”

Employing the living dead to deliver a serious message is nothing new. The classic horror flicks by zombie king, film director George Romero, have all featured a heavy dose of social and political satire beneath all the gore and gut-munching. Most controversially, ‘Homecoming’, the December 2005 episode of the Masters of Horror TV series, portrayed America’s war dead rising from their graves to vote a pro-war presidential candidate out of office. In the case of A. Zombie’s current presidential campaign, however, the aims are rather less lofty, as it’s actually a publicity stunt to try and convince the US Dish Network to reinstate the popular horror series The Walking Dead.

While none of us outside of the USA can vote for any of the Presidential Candidates, living or otherwise, we can still show our support for our undead friends in other ways. Here at Alchemy we can offer a wide range of accessories guaranteed to turn heads at the most exclusive graveyard soirees. For example, might we suggest the Nosferatu’s Hand belt buckle (B24) as a suitably ghoulish style statement? Or for something a little more elegant and eerie, the Dead Man’s Cuff (A61) bracelet will enchant every discerning necrophile, the ideal accessory for that chic Chanel shroud…

You can buy yours, and other Alchemy Possesions by searching for your local Alchemy Dealers here!..http://www.alchemyengland.com