Crystal Ball - Crystallizer

Country: Switzerland
Label: Massacre Records
Style: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

Reviewer: Grave Digger (*Power Metal Forces*)

After the release of «Déjà-Voodoo» in 2016, the Swiss Crystal Ball went on a tour of Switzerland and Germany with their hard rock compatriots SHAKRA, in 2017 conducted a mini-tour in France with the German power-workers FREEDOM CALL, more than once divided the stage as headliners with PRIMAL FEAR, PRETTY MAIDS and AXEL RUDI PELL, and also in the summer of 2017 performed at the Swiss festival Rock the Ring with DEEP PURPLE, GOTTHARD and KROKUS. Since the beginning of the summer of 2018 the band has been actively touring Germany with AXEL RUDI PELL and warming fans’ interest with the news about the new album «Crystallizer».

Swiss band Crystal Ball has long ago staked for itself the image of a quality, stable and strong rock and metal act, wishing to reach more and more quality levels. Speaking about the last albums with the new vocalist Steven Mageney, it can be noticed that the band still rejoiced especially expressive and strong material. So kind of material that was traditionally expected from the guys again and was actually gained. Powerful, solid, drive hard-end-heavy, made in pure German traditions inspired by Bonfire, Scorpions, as well as UDO, especially Dirkschneider.  After all, the album was produced by his guitarist and producer Stefan Kaufmann for more than 20 years, and he also directed Crystal Ball on the album of his powerful sound. This has gone well with the material for good and often it sounds like the most true German heavy metal, and instrumental music of the band is far from primitive, but it’s rather technical and highly professional. In the vocal melodic plan, everything is also very powerful, energetic and sound. Stephen was an ideal substitute for the departed Sweeney, while being neither a bit like him nor similar to anyone at all. A fairly charismatic vocalist does not change himself, nor the fans of the band and on this album. Material is a maximum of strong melodic compositions, very well played and recorded, on the one hand straight, but on the other — with a special charm of Crystal. Almost the entire album here consists of powerful songs and, according to its results, it can be said that this release fully corresponds to the level of all previous CDs of the group.

And then we’ll see. But the fact that the guys are becoming stronger and more talented year by year can not be unnoticed.

5/5 04.08.2018