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Crysteria by Crystal Ball (Massacre Records)

Crysteria by Crystal Ball (Massacre Records)

Crysteria by Crystal Ball (Massacre Records)

Crysteria is the 11th album from Swiss melodic metal / hard rock outfit Crystal Ball, and it’s certainly a standout next chapter in an already epic music career. Conceived in the midst of these pandemic days, the band wrote a whopping 30 songs for the album, and the final selections found within the realm of Crysteria presents a band at the very height of their creativity.

Opening with the very timely and diabolically memorable What Part Of No, Crystal Ball proceed to deliver the goods with a massive sense of conviction. You Lit My Fire is up next, an absolute anthem for the ages. Call Of The Wild is a standout to be sure, featuring the grand participation of Ronnie Romero from Michael Schenker Group, Sunstorm, ex-Vandenberg and many others!

I Am Rock is vibrant and euphoric, with its towering chorus and bombastic lyrics reigning tenfold. And the hits just keep driving through, with Undying, Make My Day, and the glorious title track leaving an indelible impression on the listener.

The bonus tracks on Crysteria are even more rock solid! Various members of Jaded Heart join Crystal Ball for the dazzling Crystal Heart! And then the final song on the special edition is Till You Meet Again, a remarkable tender ballad showing another intriguing side to this long running band. Both these tracks are definite reasons to search high and low for the limited editions of this already very amazing album!

The almighty Crystal Ball lineup consists of Steven Mageney on vocals, Scott Leach on guitars, Peter Berger on guitars, Cris Stone on bass, and Marcel Sardella on drums. Crysteria was skillfully produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann of Accept and U.D.O. infamy, who also contributed additional lead guitars to four songs on the album. Here’s hoping we finally see Crystal Ball rock the States in the near future!

(Review by Ken Morton)

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