South Africa vocalist/singer/songwriter Crimson Chrysalis (René van den Berg) just release her debut release: Crimson Passion Cry. Let me start by saying this CD has much to commend them. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: This is an impressive band that delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Vocalist van den Berg possesses a voice that hit the mark remarkably well within the Rock music arena. She also has the attributes required of an effective Singer/Songwriter. Third: her sound and amazing songwriting touch are as good as it gets in modern alternative-rock. All songs are a skillful combination of classic pop rock yet with a slight Alternative almost Hard Rock aftertaste that will remind you of Nightwish, Within Temptation, Xandria, and After Forever. Van den Berg and company have the creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There is also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the mundane pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let me start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about Crimson Chrysalis. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space that allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this catalogue truly is. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable – with a fresh sound that is passionate and entertaining very much like the band themselves. All tracks will genuinely lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
Favorite Tracks: Title track, F*@# Off, Fatal Lie
Conclusion: Let me go on record by sating Crimson Chrysalis feat. René van den Berg has no real weaknesses that I can see and hear. They deliver everything and these latest release is an endearing release limited by nothing. I would imagine in time we will hear more from this band from South Africa in the years unfold. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one artist that is set up for marketable success down the road with her musical personality and fresh sound that gives modern music a well needed wake up call.