Power of Metal.dk Review

Crystal Ball
Style: Melodic Metal/Rock
Release date: 22 May, 2015
Playing time: 69:00

This is the 8th studio album from this Swiss melodic rock band. The album is produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio in Solingen and the cover artwork designed by Thomas Ewerhard. There is a guest appearance by Battle Beast's Noora Louhimo on the duet "Eye To Eye" and backing vocals on "Mayday". Besides the production, Stefan Kaufmann plays accoustic guitar on "Memory Run" and some backing vocals on "Gods Of Rock".

I have some mixed feelings about this album, there are some nice rather heavy songs like "Eye to Eye", "Balls of Steel", "Rock of Life", "Antidote" and "Liferider",  but also a few too many average tracks with refrains that are too cliché and in which the riffs are average and far from original.  A song like "Gods of Rock" is the biggest example for that. A cliché riff, cliché lyrics and a too cheesy sing a long refrain. With "Bleeding" and "Memory Run" there are 2 ballads which of course can't miss on a hardrock album. For me the refrains of most of the songs are a little too much to sing a long with, but if you like that, this is a good album. 

Fans of recognizable a bit sleezy melodic hardrock with rather cliché refrains should certainly take a listen. I think they will give this album an easy 20 points more than I did above. Fans of Gotthard, Vengeance and stuff like that will certainly know what to do with this new album 'Liferider'. As an extra on the digipak you find cover versions of Dio and  Black Sabbath and "Not Like You" is more than just a 'we had some room left ' song.

01. Mayday!
Eye To Eye
Balls Of Steel
Hold Your Flag
Gods Of Rock
Take It All
Rock Of Life
12. Memory Run
13. Sacred Heart
14. Sign Of the Southern Cross
15. Not Like You
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 19 May, 2015
Website: http://www.crystal-ball.ch