Apparently, sometime between Crystal Ball's previous album, Secrets (2007) and the new Dawnbreaker, the band dissolved for several years. Now original members Scott Leach (g) and Marcel Sardella (d) have regrouped with a new line up including a new singer, Steven Mageney.
What hasn't changed is Crystal Ball's sound, which is basically a hybrid of melodic hard rock and heavy metal. As I recall, I remember the previous album with some ambivalence, thinking it would grow on me eventually over time. This may be the case once more. If anything, there's some variety on this album.
For instance, there's the song Power Pack which sounds like it's going to be blues tune, but turns into melodic metal with a strong rock groove. And getting that rock groove, whether in a straight hard rock song like Anyone Can Be Hero, or a metal song like Walls Fall Down or Back For Good, has always been one of Crystal Ball's great strengths.
Crystal Ball throws in two ballads with Eternal Flame and Stranded. The former takes lighter with some acoustic guitar leading, the latter feels more dense, even heavier, with it's thick riffage and steady drums. As for Mageney's voice, he has that melodic raspy style common in European rock
In the end, it's good to have Crystal Ball back. They've lost nothing in their brief absence and return with solid and entertaining album of melodic hard rock. Recommended.
Crystal Ball has lost nothing in their brief absence and return with solid and entertaining album of melodic hard rock and metal.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]