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Crystal Ball Announce New Album

The Swiss melodic metal outfit Crystal Ball will release its new album ‘Crystallizer‘ on April 27, 2018 via Massacre Records.

The band comments: “Crystallizer is the full package – it’s powerful and full of melodic hooklines and catchy songs!

Crystal Ball‘s new album was once again produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept, ex-U.D.O). The cover artwork has been created by Thomas Ewerhard, who already designed the album artwork of bands like Jaded Heart, Kreator or Edguy, among others.
It will additionally be available as a limited edition Digipak CD with bonus tracks.

The 10th album of the Swiss hard rockers is a doozy! ‘Crystallizer‘ once again proves why the band is considered as one of the best Swiss melodic metal exports!

Live Dates:

24.02.2018 DE Wuppertal – Hako Event Arena
26.04.2018 DE Bochum – Zeche*
27.04.2018 DE Saarbrücken – Garage*
28.04.2018 DE Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal*
29.04.2018 DE Nürnberg – Hirsch*
01.05.2018 DE München – Backstage*
02.05.2018 DE Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik*
04.05.2018 NL Weert – Muziekcentrum De Bosuil*
05.05.2018 DE Erfurt – HsD Gewerkschaftshaus*
06.05.2018 DE Bochum – Zeche*
08.05.2018 DE Berlin – Huxleys*
09.05.2018 DE Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit 36*
24.05.2018 CH Solothurn – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
26.05.2018 CH Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
28.07.2018 DE Thalmässing – Brauereigutshof Pyras (Pyraser Classic Rock Night)
10.08.2018 CH Mannried – Turnplatz Mannried (Mannried Open Air)

*supporting Axel Rudi Pell

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LIV SIN Ropes In U.D.O Members To Produce Debut Solo Album

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Former Sister Sin vocalist LIV SIN is currently working on her debut solo album for Swedish label Despotz Records. The album is being produced by longtime U.D.O. bassist, Fitty Wienhold. It can now be announced that the album is being co-produced by longtime Accept and U.D.O. member, Stefan Kaufmann. The as yet untitled album is expected to see a worldwide release in early 2017.

Liv says of the collaboration, “I’m truly excited to work with Stefan! He is an incredible musician and a long time metal hero. I think he can bring that extra bit to my music with his lifelong experience in both Accept and Udo”. Stefan Kaufmann adds, “When Liv called me and asked to produce her new project together with Fitty of course I said yes! Liv has talent, and I am sure it will be a blast.

From the dark beaches of south Sweden, Liv ”Sin” Jagrell emerged as a major force as the vocalist for hard rockers Sister Sin. Throughout their 13 year career, Sister Sin sold thousands of albums and toured the world with high profile packages supporting the likes of Slayer and King Diamond on the Rockstar Mayhem festival tour, as well as being a part of last year’s Revolver magazine ”Hottest Chicks in Metal” tour.

Sister Sin toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.

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Crystal Ball Release Official Video For ‘Déjà-Voodoo’

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Swiss rockers Crystal Ball have released an Official video for ‘Déjà-Voodoo‘, the title track of their new album.

The band’s 9th studio album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann. Thomas Ewerhard is responsible for the cover artwork.

Crystal Ball‘s new album ‘Déjà-Voodoo‘ is set to be released on September 2, 2016 via Massacre Records. The confirmed US release date is October 7, 2016.

The album is already available for pre-order, and you can also get it as limited edition digipak with bonus tracks.

Tour Dates

02.09.2016 DE Haigerloch-Gruol – Motorradkeller Gruol (Motorradtreffen)
10.09.2016 CH Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
22.10.2016 FR Bully Les-Mines – Bully On Rocks
18.02.2017 DE München – Backstage (Heavy Metal’s Calling)

Shakra ‘High Noon Tour 2016’ w/ Crystal Ball

16.09.2016 CH Aarburg – Musigburg
03.11.2016 DE Siegburg – Kubana
04.11.2016 DE Brodesholm – Albatros
05.11.2016 DE Bochum – Rockpalast
11.11.2016 CH Bern – Bierhübeli
12.11.2016 CH Langnau – Kupferschmiede
15.11.2016 DE Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
16.11.2016 DE Düsseldorf – Pitcher
17.11.2016 DE Mannheim – 7er Club
18.11.2016 DE Nürnberg – Der Cult
19.11.2016 DE Ingolstadt – Eventhalle Westpark
10.12.2016 CH Luzern – Konzerthaus Schüür
30.12.2016 CH Boswil – Chillout

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Crystal Ball Extend Contract, New Album Out In Autumn

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 Crystal Ball have extended their contract with Massacre Records, and plan to release a new album this Autumn.

The upcoming record will be entitled ‘Déjà Voodoo‘ and will be produced by Stefan Kaufmann.  The cover artwork will be created by Thomas Ewerhard.


Review: Crystal Ball – LifeRider

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Crystal Ball – LifeRider

Massacre Records (May 2015)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

I must hold my hand up from the start and say I’ve been a long time fan of the band. Can’t believe it’s been 16 years since their debut ‘In The Beginning’ was released.

But putting that aside I approached this new release with an open mind. And there I hit a snag, this review won’t appear unbiased as I’ll state right now, I bloody love it!

Kicking into gear from the start with ‘Mayday!’ which has a hook that instantly grabs you and already your foots tapping and your head is nodding along. The pace does not let up, but with the very nice addition of Battle Beast’s Noora Louhimo as a guest on ‘Eye To Eye’ which adds a great overall feel to the track and I feel myself leaning to this track as one of my favorites on the album. The title of track three ‘Balls Of Steel’ I think rather lets you know what to expect and your not disapointed with a great hard rock song with the right amount of nostalgia for us old farts. The phrase ‘anthem’ get’s bandied about in the rock world and ‘Hold Your Flag’ is an absolute classic example of one. Your hand will edge towards that volume dial as this can only be played at ’11’. No let up in the onslaught of what I’ll call traditional hard rock with ‘Gods Of Rock’ another glorious fist pounding song driven hard with some powerful drumming from Marcel Sardella and riff upon riff from the double axe attack of Scott Leach & Markus Flury.

Steven Mageney has once again picked up the vocal reigns after taking over from Mark Sweeny for Crystal Ball’s 2013 release ‘Dawnbreaker’ and a sterling job he’s doing too. From the full on ‘Take It All’ to the following track ‘Bleeding’ it clearly shows his range and adaptive style, very enjoyable and right up my street. The opening to ‘Rock Of Life’ is fantastic with the guitar sound so much to my taste and once again sterling work from the engine room of drummer Marcel Sardella & bass player Cris Stone. ‘Antidote’ is to me the weakest track on the album as it sounds a little muddied in the mix to my ears. And so to the title track ‘LifeRider’ there is more then one influence that shines through but certainly a more than subtle hint of Judas Priest about it. We now reach the last track on the ‘standard’ release. ‘Memory Run’ slows things down a little giving us a six and a half minute opus about friendship and memories (obviously) A great way to finish things off.

But wait……….the digipak has three bonus tracks on, a whole seventeen and a bit more minutes. The first of these is a brave choice of track, as picking any Dio number is always going to get heavily scrutinised. However I think Crystal Ball do a very good version of ‘Sacred Heart’ No it’s not as good as the original, but a sterling effort never the less. Second bonus track is ‘Sign Of The Southern Cross’ Don’t know why this is only a bonus track as it’s fantastic and another one of my favorites from the album. It would not of been out of place on Black Sabbath’s ‘Headless Cross’ release. Now finally we reach the last and final track. And we end on an absolute high into the bargin with ‘Not Like You’ very catchy chorus and again more than worthy to be more than a bonus track.

I mustn’t forget to mention Stefan Kaufmann, whose at the helm for not only the album’s mastering but also the acoustic guitar on ‘Memory Run’ and backing vocals on ‘Gods Of Rock’

So to sum up, if you like I guess one could call it traditional hard rock with just the right homage to the past then this won’t disappoint.


Crystal Ball – Dawnbreaker Album Details

Crystal Ball Dawnbreaker

Swiss rock band Crystal Ball will release their new album, Dawnbreaker, on November 29th via Massacre Records. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at Germany’s ROXX Studio in Solingen.

The Dawnbreaker album artwork is the work of Thomas Ewerhard, who has also worked with bands such as Kissin’ Dynamite & Avantasia. The standard edition of the album will contain 11 tracks, while the limited edition digipak will feature 13 tracks in total.

The track listing is as follows –

‘Zarathustra’
‘Break Of Dawn’
‘Anyone Can Be A Hero’
‘The Brothers Were Wright’
‘Eternal Flame’
‘Skin To Skin’
‘Walls Fall Down’
‘Back For Good’
‘Power Pack’
‘Stranded’
‘Sun Came Out’

Digipak bonus tracks:

‘Touch The Sky’
‘Bond Of Love’

A video has been released for the track Eternal Flame.

 The Crystal Ball lineup is as follows –

Markus Flury – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Marcel Sardella – Drums
Steven Mageney – Vocals
Scott Leach – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Cris Stone – Bass

Crystal Ball line up

Crystal Ball’s Facebook page can be found here


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