Crystal Tears - 'Generation X' (7hard) Print E-mail
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Written by David Whistance   
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 05:00

Crystal_Tears_Cover_300dpiWhen the new album by Greek power metallers Crystal Tears album landed on my doormat I was instantly attracted to the fine cover artwork by celebrated artist Meran "Darkmouth" Karanitant, more known for his work with bands such as Six Feet Under, Hatebreed and Leave's Eyes. But is it just a case of smoke and mirrors disguising what is hidden inside?


Thankfully I can confirm that the second offering from Crystal Tears has everything you desire from a power metal album, more power than a Las Vegas power station and as metal as being pounded in the face with an iron fist by the members of Manowar.


The album originally recorded as an instrumental piece composed by the bands drummer and driving force (now you don't hear that sentence too often) Chrisafis Tantanozis, yet the band had no desire to release the record in that format enter vocalist Ian Parry, more known for his work with Dutch progressive Metallers Elegy, a band with an already considerable following in Greece.  Along with his mighty voice Ian brought the lyrics to accompany the already recorded music.


'Inner Spirit' opens up the album with a pretty impressive guitar lead that swiftly follows with pummelling drums and some great guitar riffing and this pretty much continues throughout the album, leaving the listener in disbelief that the band only features one guitarist in the form of Dimitris Goutziamanis, proving that maybe Ozzy Osbourne hasn't just snapped up the best guitarist from Greece.  Every band has a particular track that will be forever be remembered as their greatest moment and in 'Heroes' I believe the band may have just discovered their own particular number, opening with an almost Priest like riff leading into an almighty infectious chorus.  If you like your power metal bands to throw in an occasional slower number then you won't be disappointed with their self titled number 'Crystal Tears' a more balladic number whilst still remaining firmly in the metal camp.


Whilst it would be hard to fault the musicianship on the album, I have to hold my hands up and confess that I do find the vocal style of Ian Parry, a touch overblown at times.  It's not that the man doesn't possess a great set of metal pipes reaching notes long since forgotten by many established metal legends and perfectly displayed on 'Rock Until We Fall'.  It's just that at times I do find his vocals a bit of a curious hybrid of Rob Halford and Dame Shirley Bassey and I can almost envisage him bursting into a show tune.


Overall I found 'Generation X' to be an accomplished work of great power metal and I found it quite refreshing to hear such a pounding metal soundtrack without hearing the dreadful clamour of the keyboards that so often ruin a perfectly fine album.