Crystal Ball are a band from Switzerland that plays a very melodic form of power metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Dawnbreaker" which was released by Massacre Records.
"Zarathrusta" which is also the intro for the album opens up with dark sounding synths and a melodic guitar lead and the song is a metal remake of the 2001 theme song.
"Break of Dawn": which is also the first official song on the album opens up with some heavy and melodic classic metal guitar riffs and drums and a few seconds alter melodic hard rock/metal vocals make their way into the song as well as guitar leads coming in and out of the song and towards the end you can hear some bass guitars.
"Anyone Can Be A Hero" begins with some heavy metal/hard rock guitar riffs and drums along with guitar leads that come in and out of the song which also leads to the vocals kicking in and there is also some clean parts getting mixed in with the heavier parts.
"The Brothers Where Wright" opens up with clean guitar playing and melodic vocals and then going into a heavier direction a few seconds alter along with some heavy guitar and bass riffs as well as some drums and you can also hear synths in the background and a couple of minutes later guitar leads start coming into the song.
"Eternal Flame" starts up with soft classical guitars and a few seconds alter melodic vocals are added in which also leads up to drum beats and the song sticks to a ballad formula with no heavy guitars present.
"Skin To Skin" kicks in with melodic guitar leads along with some heavy guitar riffs and drums a few seconds later as well as some powerful sounding bass guitars and a few seconds later melodic vocals make their way into the song and as the song moves on guitar solos and leads start coming in and out of the song.
"Wall Fall Dawn" comes in with bass guitars before adding in heavy guitar riffs and drums which also lead to some vocals a few seconds later and halfway through the song guitar solos and leads are added in.
"Back For Truth" is introduced with some sound effects before heavy guitar riffs and drums kick in as well as some synths in the background which also leads to bass guitars and vocals and then the guitar riffing starts getting more melodic and a couple of minutes later guitar solos make their presence known.
"Power Pack" makes its way in with some clean blues guitar and vocals before adding in drums along with some heavy and melodic guitar riffs and a few seconds alter guitar leads start coming in and out and after a couple of minutes you can also hear bass guitars in certain sections of the song.
"Stranded" hits it off with a melodic guitar lead and synths in the background as well as some classical guitars and melodic vocals which also leads to drum beats coming in as well as some bass guitars and after awhile the music starts getting heavier, halfway through the song guitar leads make their presence known and the song closes with classical guitars.
"Sun Came Out" finds its way in with atmospheric sounding synths and a few seconds alter heavy guitar and bass riffs come in along with some drums and vocals as well as some clean sections getting mixed in with the heavier parts and towards the end there is a brief sue off guitar solos and leads being utilized.
"Touch The Sky" has its start with heavy guitar riffs and leads along with some drums and background synths before adding in clean sections, bass guitars and melodic vocals while also being heavy at the same time.
"Bond Of Love" which is also the last song on the album begins with heavy guitar riffs and leads along with some drums and a few seconds alter vocals and clean parts come in as well as the solos coming in and out and you can also hear synths in the background.
Song lyrics cover everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Crystal Ball are a very great sounding melodic power metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Break of Dawn" "The Brothers Where Wright" "Power Pack" and "Touch the Sky". RECOMMENDED BUY.