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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.

 

Arrow Lords Of Metal 8/10

Album nummer acht alweer voor het Zweedse true heavy metal gezelschap Crystal Eyes! Ondanks een constante gedegen kwaliteit is de band altijd een beetje in de cultstatus blijven hangen. En hoe leg je nou aan de onbekenden van deze groep uit wat Cystal Eyes precies is? Een soort Hammerfall, maar dan met nog geen halve procent van dat aantal likes op Facebook? Ruim tien jaar geleden gaf mijn voormalog collega Eddy bij de release van ‘Chained’ al een uitgebreid relaas over de gelijkenissen tussen de twee Zweedse acts, en ondanks de zangerswissel is dit verhaal nog steeds van toepassing. De openende riff van ‘Gods Of Disorder’ en eigenlijk het hele nummer kan zo doorgaan voor iets de roemruchte metal templars hadden kunnen maken. ‘Side By Side’ laat echter een meer door Running Wild beïnvloed geluid horen. Een band als Gamma Ray doet hier en daar ook de kop op en zeker op een snelheidsduivel als ‘Extreme Paranoia’. Het moge duidelijk zijn, voor innovativiteit hoef je niet bij Cystal Eyes aan de deur te kloppen. Dit is opzwepende heavy metal zoals deze al tientallen jaren gespeeld wordt. Zolang dat gebracht wordt met loeistrakke drums en bassen, spetterende riffs, vlammende solo’s en vocalen als die van Crystal Eyes zanger Mikael Dahl, hebben we daar niks over te klagen! Het enige nummer wat ik er nog in het bijzonder wil uitlichten is afsluiter ‘Rage On The Sea’. Jawel, wéér een piratenliedje, maar voor de verandering eens niet de zoveelste poging mee te liften op het succes van Alestorm. ‘Rage On The Sea’ is een zeven minuten durend epos waar Running Wild de hoed voor afneemt en zonder meer een stalen afsluiter voor weer een uitstekend album van Crystal Eyes. Welke boeker/promotor met ballen brengt Crystal Eyes weer eens naar het Europese vasteland? BY: Jori van de Worp

 

Dangerdog 4/5

It takes Mikael Dahl (founder, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist) and Crystal Eyes four to six years, but the band eventually finds their way back to the studio. Starbourne Traveler, their eighth album, brings about a new version of Crystal Eyes, featuring new members Henrik Birgersson (Defenders Of The Faith) on drums and Jonatan Hallberg (Sacred) on guitar. Turning another page, whereas in the past, Dahl wrote all the songs, on this album it was a team effort. It's been five years since a studio album, perhaps a short refresher on Crystal Eyes metal music is in order. Essentially, Crystal Eyes plays a hybrid of classic melodic, heavy, and power metal, very guitar forward, and wrapped in some fine hard rock groove. While a teen, Dahl was inspired by the likes of Twisted Sister and Motley Crue, but you'll also hear vintage metal derived from Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, and Helloween. Crystal Eyes works the essentials like twin guitar riff harmony, shared guitar leads ala Priest and Maiden and then, underneath, the rhythm section delivers a strong measure of gallop and rock groove. Dahl as a vocalist has something of an assertive, sometimes raw, presentation, but your ears will easily adapt. In the song composition, all these things are wrapped in melody and harmony by the guitars and vocal arrangements, and Crystal Eyes is quick to drop in a catchy chorus. To mention a few songs, Crystal Eyes gets the galloping metal rock groove going with Gods Of Disorder, Extreme Paranoia, and Into The Fire. Midnight Radio definitely turns on some heavy metal rock as Dahl pays tribute to the Eighties Swedish radio show Rockbox which higly influenced his mix tape. An acoustic ballad with some grand vocal choral harmony comes with In The Empire Of Saints, where Dahl mourns the loss of a friend to cancer. The title cut, Starbourne Traveler, mostly melodic heavy metal, rides upon a terrific Birgersson drum line. All in all, even with a five year wait, Starbourne Traveler was worth it. Crystal Eyes delivers another solid album of their guitar driven and melodic, power metal rock. Recommended. BY: Craig Hartranft

 

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

 

Moshpit Passion 9/10

Es gibt manchmal so Bands, bei denen fragst du dich, wieso zur Hölle man von denen noch nie was gehört hat. So ähnlich erging es mir mit Crystal Eyes, die am 6.12.2019 bereits ihr achtes Studioalbum „Starbourne Traveler“ auf die Menschheit loslassen. Die aus dem schwedischen Borås stammende Combo hat sich ganz und gar den klassischem Heavy Metal Klängen verschrieben und das hört man auf dem von Fredrik Nordström produzierten Longplayer auch an allen Ecken und Enden. Der Opener „Gods Of Disorder“ ist bereits ein Einstieg nach Maß. Das Stück ist laut der Band als Hommage an alte Helden wie W.A.S.P., den Twisted Sisters und Mötley Crüe gedacht und Sänger Mikael Dahl überzeugt hier direkt durch seinem variablen Gesang, der ein wenig wie eine Mischung aus Biff Byford und Eric Martin in den höheren Tonlagen klingt. Musikalisch verorten würde ich die flotte und extrem eingängige Nummer allerdings eher auf einem der ersten beiden Hammerfall Alben. Beim vorab als erste Single veröffentlichten „Side By Side“ denkst du bereits nach ein paar Sekunden unweigerlich an die guten alten Running Wild der späten Achtziger und frühen Neunziger Jahre. Das Leadriff erinnert mich eklatant an einem Kracher wie „Little Big Horn“ vom 1991er „Blazon Stone“ Album. Manche mögen das vielleicht als Kopie abtun, für mich ist es eine verdammt geile Huldigung! Und ganz ehrlich? So einen Song kriegt der gute Herr Kasparek heute ja sowieso nicht mehr hin. In „Extreme Paranoia“ geht es um den Menschen im Spiegel, der sich selbst als sein größter Feind entpuppt. Die feine Speed Metal Nummer atmet den Geist alter Helloween zu Keepers – Zeiten, was sich gerade im Riffing und im hymnischen Chorus bemerkbar macht. Bisschen Accept gefällig? Dann hört euch mal den namensgebenden Titeltrack „Starbourne Traveler“ an. Das Dingen ist ein Stampfer allererster Kajüte und den Refrain kriegst du spätestens beim zweiten Mal nicht mehr aus dem Kopf raus. Sehr geil übrigens auch das an Maiden angelehnte Solo mitten im Song. Zum Schluss des Albums geht es mit „Rage Of The Sea“ im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes noch einmal zurück in die Fahrgewässer von Running Wild. Brandschatzende Piraten inklusive, Rock ‘n’ Rolf hätte an dem Lied seine wahre Freude! Nicht originell, aber geil! Ihr seht schon, dass Rad wird auf „Starbourne Traveler“ nicht neu erfunden, ganz im Gegenteil. Wer aber seine Freude an jederzeit frisch klingenden, kraftvollen Power Metal hat kommt an diesem Album nicht vorbei. Für Fans von Hammerfall, Running Wild, Accept, Helloween & Co. ist das hier eine Pflichtveranstaltung! BY: Weischi

 

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