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Review: Crystallion - A Dark Enchanted Crystal Night
A Dark Enchanted Crystal Night

Label: STF Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 58:51
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 23, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
A Dark Enchanted Crystal Night

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Germany's Crystallion are a band I'll always have time for, as their sugary brand of Power Metal is right up my alley and they play it with so little aggression it's almost a poppy distillation of the genre, but a good one nonetheless. Their 2006 debut A Dark Enchanted Crystal Night is a fine attempt, considering it emerged to almost no fanfare, and while it won't float everyone's boat, those who like their metal dripping with candy-coated melody will enjoy this with some fervor.

These guys always go for a feminine production, and this little bitch sounds anorexic compared to something by Iron Savior or Paragon. Coquettish as it may be, A Dark Enchanted Crystal Night is at least as good as its follow up Hattin, though nowhere near as complete as Hundred Days, which is the album to get if you're new to the band. Thomas Strubler has a soft mid range that accents these songs well, as they don't demand too much of him, and the melodies are quite catchy, especially on rattling opener "Guardians Of The Sunrise" and the so-happy-it's-ecstatic "Eternia". The best cut here is "Crystal Clear", though the lyrics are insufferably simple, and although this makes it impossible to get out of your head, it frustrates as much as it pleases.

Fans of super-jolly Power Metal in the way of early Edguy and Thy Majestie should find a lot to love about this, but most will hate it, which is a shame. Still, a good start from a capable band that have gone almost unnoticed since their inception.

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