Rene van den Berg who goes by simply van den Berg, heads up the impressive symphonic metal band Crimson Chrysalis. Their maiden voyage is aptly titled Crimson Passion Cry.The cover is a provocative message showing the vocalist in a large elegant wine glass spilled over with blood. The blood of passion serves as a cry out of pain and a reach for help through the music. This is symphonic metal in all its blazing glory full of soaring guitars and the necessary keyboards and strings to give it the effect of a symphony carrying you away to the finish.Besides the impassioned and powerful vocals of van den Berg she gets outstanding accompaniment from Franschois Lessing (drums), Elben Schutte (keyboards and programming) and Cobus Schutte (guitars & bass) and various effective strings provided by several different individuals. Her vocals are restrained and contained so they come across crystal clear. There is no screaming so you can understand the words without difficulty which for this listener, is greatly appreciated.
The lead off track “Angels and Demons” sets the tone of the album with stinging guitar leads and well placed vocalizations, bringing the hammer down and the message home with a full convincing effect. “Moth Around a Flame” is another great track. The title says it all and it does a deep dive into a silent cry for help and a clutch for the truth before the moth gets incinerated. It’s not hard to understand how the title leads you down the necessary path to drive the message home. Again the music is the propulsion to ultimately deliver the goods properly. Speaking of getting the point across, track six says it all “F-Off and Die.” How much more to the point does one need to get eh? It catches you off guard after listening to the beautiful poignant vocals of van den Berg then suddenly hate and rage come at you in all its intensity. The title track “Crimson Passion Cry” puts their music into one nice package and shows off all the aspects of what makes a song tick for Crimson Chrysalis.
It all sounds so beautifully tragic and dark topped off by some of the most beautiful vocals you will hear in rock music today. Watch out Doro and all the rest of you metal goddesses your heir to the throne is upon you.
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