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Symphonic Rock has grown over the years to become a major force in the Rock world with the likes of Nightwish and Within Temptation blazing a trail along with Epica and their ilk not far behind. It's fair to say that the bulk of the Symphonic bands tend to hail from Europe and Scandinavia (in particular) however, Crimson Chrysalis from South Africa look to break that stranglehold with their second album Enraptured. Built around the powerful, expressive and rich voice of Rene van den Berg, CC offer something ...Read More
One of the things you often fear with a second release is that it won’t live up to the first. You get that a lot for a variety of reasons. Bands often put a lot of time and effort into the first release, if it meets with positive responses, they’re pressured into cranking out a quick second to take advantage of the first, often with disappointing results. Well, that didn’t happen here. I loved the ...Read More
This has to be one of the best albums of this type of music (Symphonic Rock) that one will listen to this year, and any other year come to think of it. Crimson Chrysalis is led by the captivating and incredible vocals of South African lass Rene Van Den Berg. And this album it has to be said is near perfection in every sense of the word. Without further ado, let us ...Read More
Incredible and intoxicating, strong elegance that reflects a very different and refined sound. . . touching the peak of its perfection when classical music inserted in a modern context is the host. With ENRAPTURED, Crimson Chrysalis gives us rare emotions that resonate without hesitation. Secure attention to detail in a stellar production, effective in every direction, leaving the listener caught in the lyrics and melodies that ...Read More
Album number two from South African symphonic metallers Crimson Chrysalis and, my, but it’s a good one.
I’m a sucker for bombast, and when it’s allied to some pop melodies and dark moods, then so much the better. And leading lady Rene van den Berg and her cohorts certainly know how to pull off a melancholic mood. Right from the opening ‘Soul Stalker’ you can tell you’re going to be in vintage territory, and the mix of keyboards and guitars throughout the album works just perfectly. ‘Sacred Vow’ is my favourite by far, a song that matches anything the masters (and mistresses) of the genre have managed to achieve.
There are a couple of guest vocal slots, and when ‘Elegy’, featuring Andrea Casanova and ‘Burning Fire With Fire’ with Jessica Mercy arrive, it actually moves things even further up the league table of quality. This is essential listening for fans of symphonic metal.