2020-06-13 » STOCKHOLM GIG CANCELED
The gig at Harry B James in Stockholm 10/7 is canceled because of the coronavirus. We'll be back with a new date as soon as possible.
2020-04-16 » PATCHES AND PINS
For all true metalheads! Patches and pins are now avaliable in the Webshop
2020-04-06 » NEW DATE FOR VARBERG GIG
The cancelled gig at Bruket in Varberg (9/4) is moved to the 4th of September.
2020-04-02 » GALLERY OF DEMOS
Since we can't get out to meet the fans as planned and the world seems to stand still because of this crazy virus, we've decided to give you a little surprise from the past.
GALLERY OF DEMOS is now available for streaming and download at Spotify, Google Play, Itunes etc. This is a collection of the 4 official CRYSTAL EYES demo-tapes from 1994 to 1998. It was released in 1998 as a self made CD sold exclusively by the band, but has been out of print for many years. At this time there are no plans of reprinting the CD or the cassettes so it will only be available in digital form.
These early days are an important part of CRYSTAL EYES history and the recordings show the path that finally lead us to a record deal in 1998. The performances are in no way perfect and the production is what can be expected for a demo-tape, but the will is definitely there. 6 of the 15 songs were recorded again for the debut album WORLD OF BLACK AND SILVER, including RAGE ON THE SEA and EXTREME PARANOIA, which were also re-recorded for last years release STARBOURNE TRAVELER. The remaining 9 songs have never been recorded again or released on any album, except for some small parts that were recycled in new songs. If your a true fan you might be interested in how it all started more than 25 years ago.
Tracklist, lyrics and info
Listen on Spotify
2020-03-26 » VARBERG GIG CANCELED
The gig at Bruket in Varberg 9/4 is canceled because of the coronavirus. We'll be back with a new date as soon as possible.
2020-03-19 » NEW DATE FOR STOCKHOLM GIG
Tomorrows' canceled gig at Harry B James in Stockholm is moved to the 10th of July.
2020-03-16 » ÖREBRO GIG CANCELED
The gig at Clarion Hotel in Örebro on Saturday 21/3 is also canceled because of the coronavirus. We'll be back with a new date as soon as possible.
2020-03-15 » STOCKHOLM GIG CANCELED
We're sorry to announce that the gig at Harry B James in Stockholm next Friday 20/3 is canceled. The venue has stopped all gigs because of the coronavirus. We'll be back with a new date as soon as possible.
2020-02-17 » UPCOMING GIGS
2020-03-20 Crazy Nights Rock Club, Harry B James, Stockholm, Sweden
2020-03-21 Clarion Hotel, Örebro, Sweden
2020-04-09 Bruket, Varberg, Sweden
2020-11-07 Metal Fest, Norrahammar Folkets Hus, Jönköping, Sweden
Check the ON STAGE page for more info.
2020-02-05 » HIGHWIRE DAZE INTERVIEW
Here's a new interview with Mikael for Highwire Daze.
2020-01-15 » VIA NOCTURNA INTERVIEW
2020-01-06 » FORGOTTEN SCROLL INTERVIEW
Here's a new interview with Mikael for Forgotten Scroll
2020-01-04 » STARBOURNE TRAVELER - COMMENTS BY MIKAEL DAHL
On the STARBOURNE TRAVELER page in the discography you can now find music and lyric comments on all songs written by Mikael Dahl. Scroll down for tons of great reviews.
2019-12-10 » NUMBER 1 IN SWEDEN ROCK MAGAZINE
STARBOURNE TRAVELER is number 1 in JURYN in SWEDEN ROCK MAGAZINE #12 2019. In Scandinavia’s biggest Hard Rock magazine you'll also find an interview, a review and a full page advertisement.
2019-12-06 » STARBOURNE TRAVELER IS OUT NOW!
STARBOURNE TRAVELER is released today!
Available on CD, LTD. Gatefold Vinyl LP and digital.
Get you copy here:
Crystal Eyes Official Webshop
Remember to play it LOUD!
2019-12-05 » NEW T-SHIRTS
STARBOURNE TRAVELER t-shirts are now avalible in the webshop.
2019-11-28 » STARBOURNE TRAVELER REVIEWS
2019-11-21 » SINGLES AVALIBLE FOR DOWNLOAD AND STREAMING
Both singles SIDE BY SIDE and STARBOURNE TRAVELER are now avalible for streaming at Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer etc and for download at Itunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, Qobuz etc. Remember to play it LOUD!
2019-11-20 » SECOND SINGLE AND LYRIC VIDEO
Here's the second single and lyric video to the title track of CRYSTAL EYES upcoming album STARBOURNE TRAVELER. Release on Massacre Records 6/12. Play it loud and share it everywhere!
2019-11-19 » THE MEDIAN MAN INTERVIEW
Here's a new interview with Mikael at The Median Man
2019-11-17 » GIG CANCELED
We are sorry to announce that the gig at Oscars Rockbar in Varberg, Sweden on January 11 is canceled. This is due to the venue being closed.
2019-11-05 » METAL TEMPLE INTERVIEW
A new interview with Mikael can be found at METAL TEMPLE
2019-10-23 » PRE-ORDER
STARBOURNE TRAVELER (CD/LP) and CHAINED (CD) are now available for pre-order in CRYSTAL EYES official webshop. All pre-orders will be sent on the 6th of December.
2019-10-15 » NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Here's what you all been waiting for! The first single from STARBOURNE TRAVELER and the first CRYSTAL EYES video ever. Turn up the volume and bang your head to SIDE BY SIDE
2019-09-25 » ALBUM COVER AND TRACK LIST
To the right of the home page you'll find the cover art to STARBOURNE TRAVELER created by the very talented Gyula Havancsák. (Click image for full view.) Stay tuned for the first single and the first CRYSTAL EYES video ever.
STARBOURNE TRAVELER track list:
01. GODS OF DISORDER
02. SIDE BY SIDE
03. EXTREME PARANOIA
04. STARBOURNE TRAVELER
05. CORRIDORS OF TIME
06. PARADISE POWERLORD
07. INTO THE FIRE
08. IN THE EMPIRE OF SAINTS
09. MIDNIGHT RADIO
10. RAGE ON THE SEA
* Track 3 and 10 are 20th anniversary re-recordings.
2019-08-15 » NEW ALBUM TITLE AND RE-RELEASES
Crystal Eyes have re-signed with Massacre Records for their 8th album entitled STARBOURNE TRAVELER which will be released on CD, Vinyl and in digital formats on the 6th of December. Mixing and mastering was done by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman. Along with the new album we're happy to announce the re-release of our previous 2 albums KILLER and CHAINED which have been sold out for quite some time. Stay tuned for album cover and track list.
2019-08-01 » RE-RECORDINGS
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut album WORLD OF BLACK AND SILVER and as a tribute to our past we've re-recorded 2 songs from it. We were never fully satisfied with the original production but since the master tapes were erased there was no chance to remix it. For years we talked about re-recordings and now when the time was right we decided to go with the 2 songs that still remain in our live-set: EXTREME PARANOIA and RAGE ON THE SEA. Both will be included on our upcoming album.
2019-04-14 » NEW ALBUM RECORDING COMPLETE
We are happy to announce that the recording for the upcoming album now is complete. It contains 10 songs forged in the true Heavy Metal spirit that you always can expect from Crystal Eyes. In June we'll once again return to the mighty Studio Fredman and the mastermind Fredrik Nordström for mixing and mastering. This can only have one outcome, EPIC!
2018-07-23 » FIRST GIG WITH THE NEW LINE-UP
The new line-up of Crystal Eyes will make it's live debut on the 11th of August at STICKY FINGERS in Gothenburg. Be there!
2017-12-11 » TRVEHEIM FESTIVAL
Crystal Eyes are confirmed for next years Trveheim Festival in Munich. For info and tickets go to: TRVEHEIM FESTIVAL
2017-02-18 » NEW GUITARIST
The line-up is now complete and we are proud to announce Jonatan Hallberg as our new guitarist. We discovered him 3 years ago when he recorded a demo with his band Amnesia in our studio and his hunger and passion for music reminded us of the early days of Crystal Eyes. Along with a great personality and sick humour Jonatan is a fantastic guitarist and was our first and only choice for the spot. The fact that he showed up on the audition wearing a Running Wild t-shirt was enough to convince us and since he's younger than the band itself we know he'll kick our butts if things are not moving rapidly. Check out Jonatan's profile on the memberpage.
2016-11-15 » KILLER ON YOUTUBE
2016-07-13 » CRYSTAL EYES NEW BEGINNING
Mikael Dahl's words:
The reason for the lack of Crystal Eyes news lately is simply because there's hasn't been any band to write about. In February last year we had reached a point where the chemistry of the band didn't work and we just couldn't agree on anything. Because of this I had lost my passion for writing and playing music so when Niclas wanted to leave the band for the 3rd time I saw no other way but to split up the rest of the line up. There was no news about this because I didn't want to end the name Crystal Eyes after so many years and I knew the desire to create music would come back.
So here we are today and the time is right for a new beginning. After 19 years together Claes Wikander is of course still in the band and there's no way I could do this without him. 2 years ago I met a drummer who had the same musical taste, influence and vision as me and instantly became a good friend. When my and Claes other band Defenders Of The Faith (Judas Priest tribute) needed a new drummer in late 2014 he did an audition that completely blew us away and after a year playing together we begin to realise that there was a future after all. He's without any doubt the best drummer we've ever played with and a big reason for getting our inspiration back to continue the path of Crystal Eyes. Welcome to the band Henrik Birgersson.
Right now we're busy writing songs and just having fun. When the time is right we'll announce the second guitarist.
Watch Henrik warming up on the drums here.
2015-08-28 » DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH VIDEO
Judas Priest tribute band Defenders Of The Faith including Mikael, Niclas and Claes have unleashed their first face melting metal video. Play it loud and spread it everywhere. Here's the DEVIL'S CHILD
2015-08-25 » CRYSTAL EYES ON APPLE MUSIC
Crystal Eyes' entire back catalogue is now available for streaming on APPLE MUSIC.
2015-05-05 » CRYSTAL EYES GUITAR VIDEOS
Mikael has updated his YouTube channel with a handful of Crystal Eyes solos. We've received a lot of questions regarding Crystal Eyes guitar tabs through the years and since there are none this is the best we can offer in terms of lessons. Feel free to come with suggestions for solos or riffs you want to learn in the guestbook or on Facebook.
2015-04-20 » CRYSTAL EYES ON XBOX MUSIC
Crystal Eyes' entire back catalogue is now available for streaming on XBOX MUSIC
2015-03-09 » MIKAELS YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Check out Mikaels YouTube channel including guitar video tributes to his favorite guitarists and stay tuned for some Crystal Eyes guitar videos.
2014-12-02 » CRYSTAL EYES ON DEEZER
Crystal Eyes' entire back catalogue is now available for streaming on DEEZER
2014-09-23 » KILLER T-SHIRT
KILLER t-shirts are now available in the WEBSHOP for 26 Euro (including shipping). Sizes S, M, L and XL. See how it looks on a Crystal Eyes singer HERE. You can also get the t-shirt at the KILLER release party this Friday for 200 kr.
2014-09-10 » KILLER RELEASE PARTY
A release party for KILLER will be held on the 26th of September at X&Y in Crystal Eyes hometown Borås. This is the first gig with the new line-up and the first performance in 2 years so don't dare to miss it! Doors open 21:00, Price 120kr, Autograph signing 21:00-22:00, Crystal Eyes on stage ca: 23:00. See you there.
2014-08-05 » ONE MORE FULL SONG
2014-07-25 » KILLER IS RELEASED
2014-07-18 » PRE-ORDER KILLER
Pre-order KILLER in the webshop now and get a free autograph card. You can also be sure that the money goes directly to the band. The CD will be sent so you should receive it on the release date the 25th of July. Use PayPal, any credit or debit card to pay.
2014-07-13 » FIRST KILLER REVIEW
A great first review of Killer! (4.5/5 from Dangerdog) \m/
2014-07-08 » UNDERGROUND EMPIRE INTERVIEW
A new interview with Mikael (in German) is online at Underground Empire
2014-06-17 » FULL NEW SONG
Check out HAIL THE FALLEN from the upcoming CRYSTAL EYES record KILLER. The release date for KILLER is set to the 25th of July!
2014-05-26 » MAXIMUM METAL INTERVIEW
A new interview with Mikael can be found at MAXIMUM METAL
2014-04-15 » AZORIA VIDEO FEATURING MIKAEL DAHL
Mikael Dahl is featured on guest vocals on the title track from AZORIA's debut album. Check out the video for SEASONS CHANGE
2014-04-07 » NEW DRUMMER
Stefan has left CRYSTAL EYES after 12 years of solid Heavy Metal drumming. He made his decision right after the recording of KILLER and the reason is that he couldn't take part in any upcoming gigs. We thank Stefan for a great time together and wish him all the best in the future.
We're now proud to welcome back Martin Tilander as our new drummer. Since 2001 Martin has played with Mikael and Niclas in the Judas Priest tribute band DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH and there was no doubt about that he was the right man for the job. We knew he had been waiting for this opportunity for years and after the first rehearsal everything fell into place. Martin was also a part of CRYSTAL EYES between 1994-1995 and recorded the drums on our first official demo-tape in 1994. We've spent the last 3-4 months rehearsing and the new lineup is now ready to destroy the stages all over the world.
Watch Martin in action on BATTLEFIELD
Check out Martin's profile on the member site.
2014-03-21 » CRYSTAL EYES ON GOOGLE PLAY
Crystal Eyes' entire back catalogue is now available for streaming and downloading on Google Play.
2014-01-14 » NEW LABEL, COVER AND TRACK LIST
We're proud to announce that Crystal Eyes has signed a deal with Massacre Records. We're looking forward to continue the path of Heavy Metal together with this legendary label. The new album KILLER will be released later this summer. Mixing and mastering was done by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman. Cover artwork by Jan Yrlund. Stay tuned for a new song. KILLER track list...
3. Hail The Fallen
4. Solar Mariner
5. Forgotten Realms
6. Spotlight Rebel
7. The Lord Of Chaos
8. Dreamers On Trial
9. Dogs On Holy Ground
2014-01-12 » FINAL VOTING ROUND IN THE SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL COMPETITION
Thank you all for voting. We made it to the final and we just need your help one last time. You can vote 5 times per IP address. Vote HERE and spread the word. LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL!
2013-12-11 » TOP 25 IN THE SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL BAND COMPETITION
Right now we're in top 25 in the Sweden Rock Festival Band Competition 2014 so continue voting. Remember to vote TWICE a day and share this with everyone!
2013-11-18 » VOTE FOR CRYSTAL EYES TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
Crystal Eyes is one of 200 bands selected for the Sweden Rock Festival Band Competition 2014. The voting ends January the 10th and you can vote ones everyday (per IP). Vote or die!!!
2013-11-12 » CRYSTAL EYES ON WIMP
Crystal Eyes' entire back catalogue is now available for streaming on WiMP. Stay tuned for more Killer news!
2013-09-06 » RECORDING FINNISHED, TITLES REVEALED
Everything is recorded for the next CRYSTAL EYES album which will be titled KILLER. The song titles are, in no particular order KILLER, HAIL THE FALLEN, WARRIOR, FORGOTTEN REALMS, THE LORD OF CHAOS, SOLAR MARINER, DREAMERS ON TRIAL, SPOTLIGHT REBEL and DOGS ON HOLY GROUND. The mixing will be handled by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman beginning the first week of November.
This is the first record with Niclas on guitar and the first in many years with Mikael on lead vocals on all tracks. As always you can except 100% pure Heavy Metal in the veins Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, Dio, Manowar etc.
2013-06-28 » NEW ALBUM
Drums, bass and guitars are recorded for the next Crystal Eyes album. More info soon.
2012-12-29 » CRYSTAL EYES ON SPOTIFY
We're happy to announce that Crystal Eyes' entire back catalogue is now available for streaming on Spotify. This means that you can demand to hear Crystal Eyes at any party or pub with access to the internet and hopefully this will bring some new Metal Heads into the world of Crystal Eyes. Spread the word!
All records are also available for downloading world-wide at iTunes and CDs can still be ordered at our Webshop
2012-07-03 » PAUL IS OUT NICLAS RETURNS
Paul is out of the band and we're ready for another chapter. We're now extremely happy to welcome back Niclas Karlsson and are looking forward to once again share the path of Heavy Metal with this great guitarist. If you know your Crystal Eyes's history you know that Niclas started the band with Mikael in 1992, quit the band after short break in 1995, got back between 2006-2007 and has played with Mikael in the Judas Priest tribute band DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH since the dawn of time.
CRYSTAL EYES are featured in METAL MUNCHERS ”THE FESTIVAL EDITION”, a cook book and a book about some of Sweden's best rock bands today including favourite dishes, promotion pictures, band presentations and much more. It's only available in Swedish but an English edition is about to follow. Get it on the following links: Adlibris, Bokus, Bokia, CDON, ISBN-number 9789163710346
Check the On Stage page for tickets and info about the gig with Candlemass in Dalsjöforsparken 18/8
2012-05-20 » PHOTOS FROM 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Photos from the 20th anniversary show can be found here. A big thank you to Kujtim Gashi and Jonathan Nyberg who joined us on Witch Hunter and to Niclas Karlsson who joined us on Hallowed Be Thy Name. Our next gig will be on the 18th of august in Dalsjöforsparken with Candlemass. Stay tuned for more info.
2012-04-09 » 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
20 years have passed since Crystal Eyes started on the path of Heavy Metal. We'll celebrate this on the 11th of May in Borås Sweden with a special show including songs from all our albums, some guests from the past and maybe something from the future. The other band for the evening is H.E.A.T. For more info please visit PERGITE.
2010-05-10 » CHAINED IN ITUNES WORLD-WIDE
Finally CHAINED is available world-wide at iTunes. There were some contractual misunderstandings concerning iTunes and our latest album, but they are now solved. Of course we've followed our online pricing policy so you can get all our full albums at iTunes for only $5.99 each. (CHAINED has been available at iTunes' EU-based stores since the original release date. It was provided by a third party content provider, so we have no influence over it's slightly higher price in the EU-based stores.)
ABOUT MUSIC DOWNLOADING AND ITUNES
As we all now there's been an endless discussion for the last ten or fifteen years about music downloading, good/bad copyright laws, good/bad record companies, expensive CDs, pirates, new anti-piracy laws etc, and we think it's time to say a few words concerning this with iTunes specifically in mind. We don't claim that iTunes is some kind of universal remedy, but for the moment we think it provides us with the by far best solution for both consumers, artists and record companies. Provided it's used in a good way with the right kind of pricing policy of course.
All considered we think $5.99 an album is a fair consumer price for the kind of product you get at iTunes compared to the actual CD. Equally important, we think, is where your money goes after your purchase. In this case you can be confident in that 1/3 of the net sales price at iTunes goes directly to us, the artist. A much fairer deal than anything else the music industry has ever considered. So far this has been truly amazing for us, and we're proud to say that our album sales at iTunes makes us confident in continuing creating Heavy Metal for the future. Thank YOU!
2010-05-07 » T-SHIRTS AND GALLERY OF DEMOS
Finally we have some CRYSTAL EYES t-shirts for sale. Available in sizes 140cl, 152cl, S, M, L, XL and XXL, for only 15 Euro (free shipping). Also back in the webshop is the GALLERY OF DEMOS cd including the 4 official demo-tapes released between 1994-1998. For those of you who still haven't got all CRYSTAL EYES CDs there's a Reverb Nation player on the front page with three full songs from every album to convince you.
2010-04-07 » STILL ALIVE AND WRITING NEW SONGS
We've been getting a lot of questions lately about the status of Crystal Eyes so here it is: We're still alive and somewhere in the middle of the songwriting process for the 7th album. It's far too early to talk about release dates but since the speed and the Halford screams are back in the new songs it will be worth the wait :) If you want to see Crystal Eyes live don't miss the gig in Borås in Sweden on the 24th of April. (more info on the On Stage page) We're hoping to announce some more dates soon.
2009-02-23 » UPDATE
CHAINED is now available on iTunes and will be released through Soundholic in Japan on the 25th of February. The record is sold out in Sweden and will available again on the 27th of February through Sound Pollution but you can still get it at our webshop. CRYSTAL EYES is this month’s featured band on K.K Downing’s Steel Mill with an interview and a review, check it out here
The first gig with Mikael back on vocals will take place at Zaragon Rock Club in Jönköping on the 25th of April. Be there!
2009-01-31 » NICO IS OUT - MIKAEL TAKES OVER
Recently Nico let us know that he didn’t have the time to play live with CRYSTAL EYES anymore so we’ve decided to carry on as a four piece band. This is how we’ve been rehearsing all the time and the only change is that Mikael is once again doing the lead vocals.
Mikael – “The reasons I once handed over the lead vocals are just not there anymore, and since I wrote all vocal melodies for my voice it wasn’t a big step to be the lead singer once again. I actually never stopped singing. I’ve been the singer of the JUDAS PRIEST tribute band DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH the whole time, recorded all the vocals for CRYSTAL EYES’ demos, backing vocals on the albums, and of course the lead vocals on the closing song on our three last albums.”
We’ve put up two of those songs in the second player a bit down at www.myspace.com/crystaleyesfromsweden GUARDIAN and THE HALLS OF VALHALLA. Plus an edited medley of the demo recordings of CHAINED featuring Mikael on lead vocals. (The vocals on the demo recordings are first takes with no real lyrics. Just random “Heavy Metal words”.) You may also find some other surprises in this new player =)
2008-12-14 » SWEDISH METAL AWARDS 2009
CRYSTAL EYES latest record CHAINED is nominated for Swedish Metal Awards 2009 in the category Heavy/Power Metal. Vote for it here
2008-11-21 » CHAINED IS RELEASED
The new CRYSTAL EYES record CHAINED is now available through our webshop for 14 Euro and all previous records for only 7 Euro. Prices include shipping.
The French webzine www.heavylaw.com will stream the entire record for 24 hours on Saturday the 29th of November. Just scroll down and click on the speaker of the player at the right.
CHAINED is distributed in Austria by Soulfood, BeNeLux by Rough Trade, Bulgaria by Wizard LTD, Finland by Supersounds, France by Underclass, Germany by Soulfood, Greece by Soundforge Music Group, Hungary by Hammer Music, UK by RSK Entertainment, Italy by Frontiers, Sweden by Border Music, Switzerland by Disctrade, Spain by Goi Music and in Japan by Soundholic (bonus track and release date for Japan will soon be revealed).
If you live in the USA you can buy CHAINED from the following stores:
If you’ve missed the 4 new full songs on Crystal Eyes official My Space site make sure you get there right away.
Reviews can be found here
2008-11-04 » 4 FULL NEW SONGS AT MYSPACE
The entire songs THE FIRE OF HADES, WAVES OF WAR, SHADOW RIDER and DYING IN THE RAIN from the upcoming album CHAINED are now avalible at CRYSTAL EYES official Myspace site at www.myspace.com/crystaleyesfromsweden
2008-09-27 » CHAINED RELEASE DATE AND COVER
CHAINED will be released on the 21st of November. The cover artwork made by Carl-André Beckston known as Monowasp can be viewed on the front page. The photo session is updated with new promo photos and studio photos.
Stay tuned for new songs on MySpace.
2008-09-08 » RECORD UPDATE
We’re finally done mixing the new CRYSTAL EYES record which will be titled CHAINED. The recording lasted through the summer and Fredrik Nordström has once again set the ultimate sound at Studio Fredman. Think 1984, think Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, Dio and Manowar and you’ll get the picture.
The songs in the right order are:
1. RIDE THE RAINBOW
2. THE FIRE OF HADES
3. THE DEVIL INSIDE
4. WAVES OF WAR
5. DYING IN THE RAIN
7. SHADOW RIDER
8. LONELY BALL OF FATE
* Featuring original singer Mikael Dahl on vocals
Stay tuned for a cover, new songs on MySpace and a release-date.
2008-05-24 » DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH TO SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL
The JUDAS PRIEST tribute band DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH, including Mikael Dahl (vocals), former CRYSTAL EYES members Niclas Karlsson (guitar), Martin Tilander (drums), Kim Koivo (guitar) and Stefan Fors (bass), will perform at this years' SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL. After two great gigs in the Battle Of The Bands competition DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH has qualified to the final along with six other tribute bands to compete for the title "Best Swedish Tribute Band 2008". Don’t miss the show on Friday the 6th of June at 17:30, Gibson Stage. The day after JUDAS PRIEST headline show :)
About the recording of CRYSTAL EYES next record...
Stefan has nailed the drum tracks, and Claes is busy recording his bass tracks. The recording of the guitars will begin right after Mikael is back from Sweden Rock Festival and Nico will arrive at the end of next month to scream his lungs out. Check the photo page for some nice drum-recording photos.
2008-03-17 » NEW LABEL AND RECORD
So what have we been up to lately? Well last year we mutually decided to part ways with our label Heavy Fidelity. During the year the songs for the upcoming album were finished, and a demo was recorded and past around to some labels we thought would be appropriate. Some offers were presented to us, and eventually we decided to sign with the German label METAL HEAVEN. There's of course a lot of reasons for signing with a certain label, but the over-all feeling while dealing with METAL HEAVEN make us confident that we have an exiting time ahead of us.
We will begin recording in May, and the mixing will once again be handled by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman. The song titles for the yet unnamed album are RIDE THE RAINBOW, SHADOW RIDER, DYING IN THE RAIN, GUARDIAN, THE FIRE OF HADES, FIGHTING, WAVES OF WAR, THE DEVIL INSIDE and LONELY BALL OF FATE. Expect nothing but 100% pure Heavy Metal.
We've also been busy getting Paul into the new songs, and of course some old. He's now ready to rock so don't miss his live debut on the 19th of April in Ulricehamn, Sweden.
2007-11-18 » BAND OF THE MONTH
CRYSTAL EYES is the band of the month at Hardrock Haven. Read all about it here
2007-09-01 » CRYSTAL EYES' NEW GUITARIST
The search is over, and we are proud to welcome PAUL PETTERSON as CRYSTAL EYES' new guitarist. Paul is 41 years old, and lives within walking distans from our studio. He's a great guitarist with the right attitude, personality and humour for this band's chemistry. It's somehow strange that we really should have known him long ago since he has played with friends to the band, and even previous members of CRYSTAL EYES. There's no use describing his guitar playing more than classic eighties Heavy Metal style, perfectly suited for CRYSTAL EYES. Some new photos, and more info about Paul at the member page are coming soon.
2007-05-22 » CRYSTAL EYES IS SEARCHING FOR A NEW GUITARIST
Niclas has after only a year in the band decided to leave to focus on other things in life. He told us he had lost his inspiration to play guitar and rehearse, and he felt it wasn’t right to stay. Though sadly, we respect he’s decision and whish him all the best.
So here we are searching for a new guitarist. If you love Crystal Eyes’ music, have the geographical possibility to rehearse, perform and record with the band, and are willing to give 100%, then you could be the one. But remember that Crystal Eyes is a twin guitar band so we’re not looking for any Yngwie Malmsteen copycats :)
If you’re interested please send mp3 samples and/or links (both rhythm and solo guitar), a few notes about yourself and a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use that address for any questions you might have as well.
2007-05-18 » WORKING ON NEW SONGS
CRYSTAL EYES is heading for the next record. Mikael has 7 finished songs and about 8 more in progress. The band will spend the summer rehearsing and completing the new material.
2007-03-22 » ONE MORE SONG AT MYSPACE
THE HALLS OF VALHALLA is the fifth song added to CRYSTAL EYES' official Myspace site at www.myspace.com/crystaleyesfromsweden. This song features original CRYSTAL EYES singer/guitarist Mikael Dahl on vocals. You need to scroll down on the player to find the song.
2007-02-09 » GOTHENBURG METAL FESTIVAL
On the 29th and 30th of April Gothenburg Metal Festival will take place at Musikens Hus in Gothenburg. Two full days of metal. The running order is not set yet, but we'll get back about that so you don't miss anything important. (Like CRYSTAL EYES or so.) More info at www.gothenburgmetal.se
2006-10-22 » MORE SONGS AT MYSPACE
Now we've also added the entire songs WALL OF STARS and INTO THE LIGHT to CRYSTAL EYES' official Myspace site at www.myspace.com/crystaleyesfromsweden. Making it a total of four full songs from the up-coming album at Myspace.
2006-09-14 » TWO FULL NEW SONGS AT MYSPACE
The entire songs DEAD CITY DREAMING and BATTLEFIELD are now available at CRYSTAL EYES official Myspace site at www.myspace.com/crystaleyesfromsweden. Two more will follow closer to the release date.
2006-09-07 » DEAD CITY DREAMING RELEASE DATE
DEAD CITY DREAMING will be released on November 3:d in Europe and North America. The entire title track will be made available online in just a couple of weeks. Check out the photos from the album photo session by clicking on you-know-which-word in the menu.
2006-08-08 » JONATHAN LEAVES AND NICLAS RETURNS
After 9 years Jonathan has now left the band. With a growing family, a house and a full time job he felt his engagement in CRYSTAL EYES had been suffering too much lately. His decision was made during the recording of the new album, so Mikael has finished all guitars by himself except one solo, which Jonathan played as a farewell gesture. Jonathan is still a really good friend to everybody in the band, and we wish him all the best.
As Jonathan's replacement we are now welcoming back Niclas Karlsson. Niclas started the band with Mikael in 1992, and was actually the one who came up with the band name. During the short break in 1995 Niclas quit the band and formed FIERCE CONVICTION (later CONVICTION), which released two albums. After that he appeared on one album with ZONATA, and played for a short while with FRETERNIA and RISING FAITH. Lately Mikael and Niclas have also been playing with the same cover band so it was quite easy to ask Niclas if he wanted to come back.
To the left here you'll se the cover artwork for DEAD CITY DREAMING, made by Mattias Norén. A page for DEAD CITY DREAMING has been set up under the DISCOGRAPHY section, and a page for Niclas under THE BAND section.
The plan right now is to release the album late October or early November to coincide with CRYSTAL EYES gig together with TREAT on the 3:d of November in their hometown Borås.
2006-05-23 » RECORDING SESSION FINISHED
The basic recordings of the new album are now finished. Only some detail work remains, which Mikael will carry out during the summer. Fredrik Nordström has set a fantastic sound, and everything's been working so much smother thanks to him. Fredrik will start mixing early September.
Here's a few personal comments Mikael wanted to share about the new album: The song writing process has been a bit different this time. I've written songs for Crystal Eyes since 1992, and there are so many great songs that never ended up on our records. So last year I took a deep dive into my archives, and found over 50 full songs! There were so many good ideas I just couldn't leave them like that. So some of that stuff have been reworked and included in the new material, and in doing so I think we've ended up with a really fresh and revitalised Crystal Eyes. (I also found some whole songs that definitely deserves being properly recorded, but that's a whole other project.) Adding Nico's very powerful vocals to this makes it feel like a new start for the band. Nothing drastic though, just very fresh.
2006-04-02 » CRYSTAL EYES STARTS RECORDING THE NEW ALBUM
This Wednesday CRYSTAL EYES started the recordings of the new album at their own studio CRYSTAL SOUNDS. The recording process at CRYSTAL SOUNDS is supervised by Fredrik Nordström from STUDIO FREDMAN. This guy needs absolutely no introduction by now. The recordings will be finished by summer time, and Fredrik Nordström will start mixing the album at STUDIO FREDMAN the first week of September. The plan is to have the album out a.s.a.p. after that, but a street date will probably be made official right before the mixing begins.
The album title will be DEAD CITY DREAMING, and the title track's lyrics are based upon the short story THE CALL OF CTHULHU by H.P. Lovecraft, which also serves as an inspiration for the ideas which are currently being tossed around for the cover artwork. The artwork will once again be made by Mattias Norén.
The song titles for the ten songs featured on the album are, in no particular order, DAWN DANCER, DEAD CITY DREAMING, ROADS OF LONELINESS, THE NARROW MIND, THE QUEST REMAINS, WALL OF STARS, INTO THE LIGHT, TEMPLE OF IMMORTAL SHAME, BATTLEFIELD and THE HALLS OF VALHALLA.
2005-12-04 » CRYSTAL EYES' NEW VOCALIST
CRYSTAL EYES new vocalist is SØREN NICO ADAMSEN from Copenhagen, Denmark. The band didn't really know what to expect when we went public with this "vocalist search thing" since none of us have experienced anything like this before, but the response has been overwhelming. Mikael received tons of material from vocalists from all over Europe, and actually most of the vocalists were from outside Sweden. Many thanks to all of you who showed interest, and put down the effort to record and send us some really great stuff. A few auditions were held this autumn at CRYSTAL SOUNDS, and Nico, which is his preferred name, was simply Mr. Right. Singing-wise he's a cool mix of Rob Halford and Dio, so expect some raw and powerful vocals on the next CRYSTAL EYES album.
Nico comes from Copenhagen, Denmark, which is actually just a few hours with the bus from Borås, so rehearsing and recording will not be a problem even though he's living in another country. The language is no problem either since the difference between Swedish and Danish is probably less than ten beers. Nico is 37 years old, and has previous recorded one album with the Danish band STARRATS, which he will continue to sing with. For more personal info about Nico check out THE BAND in the main menu, and some brand new photos with the new line up at the PHOTOS page.
The plan for the nearest future is to rehearse the songs for the upcoming fifth CRYSTAL EYES album. Plus a few old ones as well for a one off gig at the club HEAVY FIDELITY together with DREAMLAND on Friday February the 3:d. Then start recording the new album directly after that gig, and release it sometime after the summer.
2005-11-06 » SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL DVD
Watch out for the official SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2005 DVD on the 28:th of November. It's a tripple DVD with over five hours playing time. The first song on the DVD is the CRYSTAL EYES song THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE. Read more about it at the festival's official website here.