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I do not know exactly why this album is on my desk and why only now promo is made for it. After all, “Crimson Passion Cry” was released two years ago.Promise me I was getting Symphonic Metal, but … so what exactly? “Music without boundaries” promises CRIMSON CHRYSALIS, a project from Bloemfontein in South Africa, full-bodied on their own website. This must agree with each listener first time. Just as the band’s name already suggests – Chrysalis term used in biology to stuck in the metamorphosis of silkworm – turns out to be “Crimson Passion Cry” as a real surprise package.
The opening track, ‘Angels & Demons’ impresses because of the change of song, by a Meat Loaf-like atmosphere and is complemented by evocative orchestral arrangements. ‘Deo Volente’ says right after the first rock bye. Trippy and dramatic at the same time the song sounds more like BETH GIBBONS, who has just plastered a large dose of pathos Spaghetti. The following ‘Moth Around A Flame’ remains in similar waters, the most striking cello ensures in connection with the merciless rousing vocals of front woman René van den Berg for a thick goose bumps.
Generally, I must emphasize the voice of the South African, who began her career with folk music in Afrikaans. It is really impressive, with what a firm voice and intonation René van den Berg has set to music the very thoughtful and never cheesy texts her partner in crime Esther Slabbert. This shows a very great talent.But the fact that the class of CRIMSON CHRYSALIS is not limited to the song, proves the following ‘Blood Diamond’, which is a little more on electric guitar as the songs before. The title says it all, it is political. At least on this song, I realized that CRIMSON CHRYSALIS not just any other band. ‘Blood Diamond’ is extremely close, miss me with each pass a lump in my throat.
This is followed with ‘Epilogue’ is a stylistic lapse. Instead dramatic Symphonic Pop is now eingägigen pop-rock. But this genre is the South African band to shame. When loosening the piece works perfectly, especially since the text again deals with the rather sad side of life. ‘Fuck Off And Die’ is now the first and only low point on an otherwise great album. Whether this Top 40 rocker who has fallen quite dull and probably to prove humor, had to be really, I doubt. This snorer then also to plant in the middle album and thus destroy any mood, evidence of true courage.
Fortunately, it then goes back uphill. ‘Letters From The Edge’ is for once a very positive, lebenbejahender song that makes me forget the previous disaster. The title track is a strings-and piano-backed and very poignant love ballad. ‘Virgin Death’ offers modern-metallic riffing and were in contrast to a dreamy chorus, which is strongly reminiscent of Johann Sebastian Bach. ‘Fatal Lie’ remembered by the orchestral part at the beginning of film music, transforms with time but in a decent symphonic rock earworm including SAVATAGE Memorial exit in the middle. Even the slightly epic, but not metallic-kitschy ‘Dragon’s Roar’ and the final drama sycophant ‘Soliloque’ know how to inspire.
As a bonus, on top of another successful acoustic version of ‘Moth Around A Flame’ and ‘Lost’ yet another strong song. I am on the whole real fond of “Crimson Passion Cry”, the initial confusion has given way to the desire for more and more passes. It only remains to be hoped that CRIMSON CHRYSALIS retains its chosen with this debut way and continue to make music entirely without blinkers.