I was first introduced to Crimson Chrysalis a South African Symphonic Rock Band on a popular internet (Aiiradio.net) radio station that I am also a DJ on. My initial impression was that Crimson Chrysalis was not cut from the same cloth as others in this genre of music. As the president of a small independent record label I have a lot of music that crosses my desk and computer, much of it is pretty good and some not so and every once in a while I hear something special, something that speaks to me, grabs me by the ears and gives me a tingly feeling as all good music should.
South Africa is filled with both culture and turmoil but has not been well known for its music exports with the exception of a few artists like Trevor Rabin who is best known for his work with Yes 1983 – 1994 that said, things are about to change as Crimson Chrysalis look to take the world by storm, this will not be an easy thing to do in today’s music climate however they have a great chance that will make this transition to break worldwide a bit easier with the release of their Debut “Crimson Passion Cry” an album that took 2 ½ years to complete and the results are spellbinding. This is one of those albums that one will find them revisiting often. “Crimson Passion Cry” not only has top notice production, wonderful and moving lyrics as well as memorable songs many of which that have an anthemic sing along feel to them as provided by lyricist Esther Slabbert. If I were to compare René van den Berg vocals to anyone I would have to say she has the same feel and quality of Kate Bush and Ellen Foley possibly even Tori Amos. Bottom line keep your eye on this band as they have a bright future ahead with this release and others to follow.
President Melodic Revolution Records