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SONGS

TIME

MUSIC

LYRICS

1. Gods Of Disorder

3:44

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

2. Side By Side

4:12

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

3. Extreme Paranoia

3:41

Mikael Dahl

Andreas Götesson

4. Starbourne Traveler

4:33

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

5. Corridors Of Time

4:02

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

6. Paradise Powerlord

3:35

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

7. Into The Fire

4:09

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

8. In The Empire Of Saints

5:15

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

9. Midnight Radio

4:03

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

10. Rage On The Sea

7:06

Mikael Dahl

Mikael Dahl

 

Release date: 2019-12-06. Catalogue number: MASCD1098, MASLP1098. EAN number: 4028466900982. Vocals and guitar by Mikael Dahl. Guitar by Jonatan Hallberg. Bass by Claes Wikander. Drums by Henrik Birgersson. Produced by Mikael Dahl and Crystal Eyes. Recorded at Crystal Sounds November 2018 to April 2019. Mixing and mastering by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman. Cover art, layout and design by Gyula Havancsák. Logotype by Kristian Wåhlin. Logotype design by Andreas Götesson. Photos by Erik Harald. Backing vocals by Mikael Dahl, Jennifer Dahl, Ulrik Arturén, Johannes Nyberg and Ulrica Hansson. Keyboards by Claes Wikander and Johannes Nyberg.

 

Melodic Net 4/5

(Brief review) Swedish band CRYSTAL EYES are finally back with a new album, ”Starbourne traveler” - their 8th studio album. I find this band quite hard to label, since they range from almost pure melodic hard rock via heavy metal all the way to power metal. Lots of fast riffing guitars, I assure you. They kick off in highest speed, with ”Gods of disorder” – a nice one a bit like the faster ACCEPT stuff. ”Corridors of time” is one of the ’softest’ ones, where they turn almost into melodick hard rock. There’s quite a lof of later JUDAS PRIEST in the verse of ”Paradise Powerlord”, however the chorus is more melodic than JP nomally are. ”Rage of the sea” has a fitting title, since it’s one of the power metal tunes with a clear viking metal vibe. Same goes for ”Side by side”, with a nice beat that I find myself moving to. The lead vocalist MIKAEL DAHL has a truly powerful voice. In the lower ranges he’s rather screamy, a bit similar to ROB HALFORD, but when he turns on the hi-pitch there are some impressive notes that come out! Dahl is also the second guitar player in the band, by the way. Well worth checking up if you’re into heavy metal and power metal.  BY: Ola Gränshagen

 

The Median Man 10/10

Legendary metal band Crystal Eyes are back after a slight hiatus, with a brand spanking new album entitled Starbourne Traveler. “Gods of Disorder,” kicks things off with a pounding drum beat, followed by a driving guitar riff. As the song progresses, the listener is treated to some fascinating guitar melodies and an impressive array of vocal lines. “Side by Side,” has Running Wild vibes. It’s an anthemic song, one that is sure to get a lot of traction when performed live. Why? Because it’s got a brilliant riff to it, and the vocal melody is just so singable. “Extreme Paranoia,” is fast and a bit of a rager. It turns through the twisting sands of time, and works through the scope to produce something quite fascinating. “Starbourne Traveler,” the title track of this record is an interesting mix of big bombastic riffs, soaring melodies and an enchanting bass line. The vocals add an epic sense to the song, ensuring that it is not one that can be ignored, and as such, I think this is a song that must be performed as often as it can. “Corridors of Time,” gallops on the edges, slowly turning around and filtering into something quite infectious. A song that truly captures a new essence for this legendary band. “Paradise Powerlord,” takes on a new form. Leading with a nice little staccato rhythm on the guitars, before shifting the tempo slightly and getting a Judas Priest feel to the song. A real mover and shaker. “Into The Fire,” adds an element of the epic to the proceedings. The introductory guitar solo accompanied by the harmonised guitar is just perfect. As the song progresses, that epicness continues with the galloping rhythms and the sense of urgency that one gets in the vocal melodies and the way the band shifts and changes. “In The Empire Of Saints,” starts off acoustically, working its way through a few changes. Bringing a real sense of melancholy to proceedings. The guitar solo is a true masterpiece and adds to the depth and quality of the song. “Midnight Radio,” works into overtime. Driving through with great measurement and precision to deliver something quite unique and refreshing. One can truly feel the urgency in the way the song is shaped and shifted. “Rage On The Sea,” is the finale of the album. And what a finale it is. It starts off slowly, working itself through into the right grooves and precisions. As the song gets going, the epicness ensues. Driving its way through the border of the world, and through into the listener’s consciousness, things truly get going here. What a way to close things off. This absolute gem of an album is out on 6th December via Massacre Records. Do yourself a favour and get it! BY: Vivek Rajkhowa