|Review: Crystallion - Hundred Days|
Label: Dockyard 1
Year released: 2009
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: February 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (12 Votes)
Back for another history lesson after 2008's enjoyable sophomore effort Hattin, German Power Metallers Crystallion have mixed things up a bit with the splendid Hundred Days, a concept album about Napoleon Bonaparte's march across Europe. What's nice about this album is its unassuming likeability; first couple of spins and you won't care a jot about Bonaparte's exile on the island of Elba, but after a few listens, Hundred Days really opens up its doors, partly due to the band's injection of sweet, brisk AOR which compliments their symphonic brand of melodic Power Metal like a pair of matching earrings.
After the boring, bog standard introduction, Crystallion break out three quality cuts of goofy Power Metal in the Edguy/Twilightning vein with "The Sleeping Giant", "A Cry In The Night" (which is extremely Chinchilla-esque), and "Sole Survivors In Ligny", the album's undisputed highlight, housing the best riff the band have ever written, and some extremely cool guitar/keyboard interplay. In places, the production is light on the distortion, and the drums are sometimes a little out of time, but these quirks give the album an endearing charm, as do the wonderfully nasal vocals of frontman Thomas Strubler, whose voice flirts perfectly with both facets of Crystallion's sugar-coated façade.
Not half as prosaic as its predecessor, Hundred Days is a very fine Power Metal record with some delightfully melodic tunes and catchy refrains. If you like your metal with a dash of melody, this should not be missed.
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