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Crystal Eyes - 2005 Confessions Of The Maker


CRYSTAL EYES - CONFESSIONS OF THE MAKER (2005, HEAVY FIDELITY)
Daniel Heiman - vocals
Mikael Dahl - guitars
Jonathan Nyberg - guitars
Claes Wikander - bass
Stefan Svantesson - drums


Background
Swedish heavy metal band Crystal Eyes are new contenders for me. Surprise to say that these guys have been in existence since 1992! My god, was grunge invented then? To think that thirteen years have passed by. Also, it appears that three albums have passed us by. Where these guys have been remains a big secret, but now no longer. Their cult/unknown status may very well have been a thing of the past, but 2005 sees Crystal Eyes right in the thick of precedings. I guess the main reason for their 'coming of age' is the presence of new lead singer Daniel Heiman. Trainspotters will have no problem recognising him from sci-fi progressive metallers Lost Horizon. Certainly, the main reason why Crystal Eyes have come to my attention is the mere presence of Mr Heiman, as I was a huge fan of Lost Horizon. But let's give credit where credit is due, and pay tribute to guitarist and founder Mikael Dahl, who really is the brains-trust behind this outfit.. lets be honest. And damn, if Crystal Eyes don't make an immediate impression!! Certainly, the songs on 'Confessions Of The Maker' do..

The Songs
Not having heard their previous efforts, I am loathe to say how this stacks up against them. But from what I am hearing here, the band have something going for them - mixing Hammerfall and Tad Morose style riffing, with Lost Horizon styled voicings. It is HM, that alternates between super fast, fast, and anthemic mid-pace. Heiman's booming voice gives everyone a wake-up call on 'The Charioteer'. Well hello there! The title track which follows next is one that varies pace throughout, the guitars cut/shred all the way, as does Heiman's screams. Hammerfall styled HM is the order of the day with 'Northern Rage'. Another track which peaks and troughs is the seven minute mini-epic 'The Terror'. I was sort of reminded of Savatage here. It probably doesn't get any faster than 'Panic'. This one takes on Accept like madness, and in some ways has similarities to German rockers Twyster. 'Revolution In The Shadowland' shifts gears between 80's styled metal, and the faster frantic style of recent years. I like this song because Daniel sings about 'glory days..' I'm sold ha ha!! The album closer 'Silent Angel' is sung by Mikael Dahl and meanders through to the end. I am impressed with his guitar-playing too. Some lovely solos on the album!

In Summary
Despite the fact they are still on a low key label, the band have enough clout to look beyond this current situation. With 'Confessions Of The Maker', they at least have an album they can be proud of, and one which will make people in the industry sit up and take notice. And yes, there is life beyond Hammerfall. Swedish heavy metal is as diverse as the many bands that populate the genre now, and Crystal Eyes have put their hands in recognition of that fact.

URL: www.crystaleyes.net

Track Listing
01 The Charioteer
02 Confessions Of The Maker
03 Northern Rage
04 The Fools' Ballet
05 The Terror
06 Panic
07 White Wolves
08 The Burning Vision
09 Revolution In The Shadowland
10 Terminal Voyage
11 Silent Angel

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