Power of Metal.dk Review

Crystal Ball
Style: Melodic Metal
Release date: 22 November, 2013
Playing time: 51:20

This is the seventh album by the excellent Swiss melodic metal band Crystal Ball. Originally formed back in the middle of the 90's as a cover band and in 1999 they released their debut album 'In the Beginning'. After several hectic years between 1999 and 2007, the band released six discs and toured with Pretty Maids, Gotthard, U.D.O, Doro, Krokus, Axxis and Pink Cream 69. After 6 years of silence, they are coming back with a steaming hot and strong metal album that really knocks me out.

With melodic hard rock and a powerful melodic metal sound mixed together, this is truly something that fits my musical taste perfectly. 'Dawnbreaker' is produced by German giant Stefan Kaufmann and there is a clean and polished wall of sound on the album, so a grandiose work done by Mr. Kaufmann.

The remaining two original members: Scott Leach and Marcel Sardella have re-awakened Crystal Ball and filled the sleeping line-up with a couple of new and fresh string warriors and they have also recruited a great front man in the strong vocalist Steven Mageney. Classic melodic hard rock with a big bucket of the harsher metal blend together perfect in the songs and with Steven and his grainy vocals they have found an excellent formula.

What a brilliant disc they have done with all the groovy, attractive rhythms and the stiff, aggressive guitars. The smooth and gentle ballad 'Eternal Flame' breaks off the dominating up-tempo metal and is as healthy balm for my ears. I feel safe and confident when they guide me on their journey with a moderate throttle opening in the driver's seat throughout this album and any bad tunes that require hard presses on the 'skip button', I can't find at all.

On the contrary! There are lots of tracks that I want to play over and over again and it results that my overall rating is very high. I also wants to play the songs in an unhealthy high volume, much higher than my wife tolerates...

The score is higher than I had ever anticipated before I started my journey with these alp residents. The long break has apparently done them good, because this comeback album is an exuberant and very welcome addition to my collection. I cross my fingers that they come up to us in the north (of Sweden) if they go on tour again...

An absolute must buy if you like melodic hard rock with tougher and powerful metal sound.

Line up:
Steven Mageney - Vocals
Scott Leach - Guitars
Markus Flury - Guitars
Cris Stone - Bass
Marcel Sardella - Drums

01. Zarathustra
Break Of Dawn
Anyone Can Be A Hero
The Brothers Were Wright
Eternal Flame
Skin To Skin
Walls Fall Down
Back For Good
Power Pack
11. Sun Came Out
12. Touch The Sky
13. Bond Of Love
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 92/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 21 November, 2013
Website: www.crystal-ball.ch