Year : 2018
Style : Melodic Hard Rock , Melodic Heavy Metal
Country : Canada
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 152 mb
2013: The Swiss Hardrock legend CRYSTAL BALL is back and stronger than ever! After a creative break the original members Scott Leach and Marcel Sardella reformed CRYSTAL BALL with fresh blood and a great new frontman, Steven Mageney from Wuppertal, Germany. Steven is a experienced singer with a powerful voice and the perfect match for the new CRYSTAL BALL Sound. «Dawnbreaker» is the title of the new album, that will bring CRYSTAL BALL back to the top of the Hard Rock map.Imagine: the band started in 1995 as a cover band (named «Cherry Pie»). These years of stage experiences became the foundation of CRYSTAL BALL, under whose banner the band became one of Europe´s major forces in the Hard Rock genre. Tentatively entitled «In The Beginning» CRYSTAL BALL started their crusade in 1999. The first album was very successful, but topped with ease from the follow-up «Hard Impact», hailed album of the months in several magazines. Immediately tour plans came up, realised by supporting Pretty Maids and Gotthard. Nobody was able to hide from CRYSTAL BALL. The result: a new record contract with Nuclear Blast.With «Virtual Empire» CRYSTAL BALL showed up more varied but still traditional and melodic in 2002. The band massively toured Europe, together first with Dokken, then with U.D.O., Doro and Krokus. The special humour of CRYSTAL BALL shone through in 2003 with «HELLvetia», the fourth album. «HELLvetia», produced by former Accept/U.D.O. member Stefan Kaufmann, who CRYSTAL BALL met on their tour with U.D.O., became a more edgy effort and increased the success of CRYSTAL BALL enormously. It was the band´s return from the slightly experimental «Virtual Empire» to the old style. Successful tours with Axxis, Pink Cream 69 and Krokus saw CRYSTAL BALL increase their fan following again.«Timewalker» continued in the tradition of delivering great catchy songs full of freshness and power. Once again produced by Kaufmann the album displayed the exceptional class of CRYSTAL BALL. The bands first headliner tour with then labelmates «Thunderstone» followed the release in 2005.2007 CRYSTAL BALL inked a new record deal with AFM Records. «Secrets» was their sixth album, a great piece of Hard Rock, put together by professionals. The album was recorded and produced by Michael Bormann and mixed by Achim Köhler (Primal Fear, Brainstorm and others). Mighty thunderous anthems like «I Will Drag You Down» solidifed the great reputation of CRYSTAL BALL.
The crystal ball from Switzerland return with a crystallizing album with what appears to be a crystal skull on the cover – it is a pretty cool cover. The melodic heavy rockers from the same nation as Gotthard, whom they are quite similar to as well, has received ratings of three, four and five for their latest albums when we have reviewed them here at Hallowed. I think that we can conclude that they have made albums of varying quality. One thing I have noted is that when the artwork looks good, the album is good as well and this album certainly looks better than the two preceding it. The hope in advance was that this album would be anywhere near the great album Dawnbreaker that was released in 2013, but one of the troubles when making albums that follow a certain format is that it is a bit hit or miss if the album turns out good, so how about this one?Stylistically they keep to the style they have established, melodic heavy rock with energy and catchy choruses. The vocals are good, same style as countrymen Gotthard. Good sound and plenty of energy are other reflections I make when I play through this album, and that it is more dynamic than its predecessor. Quite powerful sound, quite full of life and also short enough to remain interesting for the entire playing time even if you buy the digipak album that has two bonus tracks. The variation of the album is good as well and I think this album shows a Crystal Ball that is fresher and more vital than they have been in a while.The opening salvo, the first two tracks can be described as an excellent opening with two great tracks that have a strong hit potential. It is a great opening to this album but it is not only those tracks that are really good, there are several really strong ones throughout the tracks that make up the album although the first two are the best in my opinion. There are one or two tracks that can be seen as something of fillers but no really weak one and while the argument that the album isn’t really breaking any new ground is valid, Crystallizer is good enough to make you forget about that. They are in fact making the melodic heavy rock of the highest quality, perhaps even better than acclaimed countrymen Gotthard at their best.The tenth album by Crystal Ball might be their magnum opus and if you like the melodic heavy rock with catchy choruses and plenty of energy it is certainly an album well worth checking out. And it also shows that Crystal Ball can be quite brilliant when they do things right, like this album. Anyone who like this kind of music and does not check out and get himself or herself this album has to be considered something of a moron, because this is one of few albums in this genre that might be considered for the best of the year list when 2018 is to be summarised.
Tony "T.C." Castell - Guitars
Marcel Sardella - Drums
Scott Leach - Guitars
Steven Mageney - Vocals
Cris "Iron" Stone - Bass
01. Crystallizer 03:56
02. Curtain Call 03:33
03. Alive for Evermore 03:47
04. S.O.S. 03:58
05. Crazy in the Night 03:07
06. Gentleman's Agreement 04:16
07. Let Her Go with Love 03:00
08. Beauty in the Beast 04:02
09. Death on Holy Ground 04:33
10. Satisfaction Guaranteed * 04:04
11. Exit Wound * 04:37
12. Dusty Deadly 03:17
13. Symphony of Life 05:02
+ Video "Alive For Evermore" (Official Video)
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