Crystal Eyes - Confessions Of The Maker
Crystal Eyes probably did the best recruiting of a member that was done year - with Daniel Heiman from Lost Horizon they climb several steps. He was intentionally only to do two songs but as it turned out he did all but one song on Crystal Eyes' fourth album Confessions Of The Maker. Mikael Dahl that decided to step down from the microphone in favour of their new vocalist takes care of the last one, the ballad Silent Angel.
Something that immediatly strikes me is that there are
so much better songs on this one. The songwriting has taken a great
leap forward just as the performance from the guys as they have pushed
themselves to the maximum to be able to match the superior voice from
Daniel. With the guitars in front of the music, Crystal Eyes create
catchy melodies and not seldom with the speed of power metal but also
some really heavy flirting with the eighties and acts like Iron Maiden,
Accept, Running Wild and Judas Priest. The solos and harmonies make
it hard for the guys to hide the fact that their influences must have
made a major impact on them, and I must say that it is with the honour
they are doing all this flirting.
Heiman sings great as always, but it feels as if he is holding back, like the key they are playing is one too low for his voice, nevertheless he has one hell of a set of pipes and his entrance in Crystal Eyes has made them better in more ways than just with the vocals.