– The new and 8th album by the Swiss melodic metal gods CRYSTAL BALL!
– Available as limited digipak with three exclusive bonus tracks and as jewel case CD.
– Produced, mixed and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio in Solingen, Germany.
– Cover and artwork design by Thomas Ewerhard (Kissin’ Dynamite, Shakra, Rage, Avantasia,
Volbeat, Edguy et al.)
– Guest apperances by Battle Beast’s Noora Louhimo on the duet “Eye to Eye ” and backing vocals on
“Mayday! “; Stefan Kaufmann (ex-Accept, ex-U.D.O.) plays the acoustic guitar on “Memory Run” and
sings backing vocals on “Gods Of Rock”!
The band started in 1995 as a cover band (named “Cherry Pie”). These years of stage experiences became
the foundation of CRYSTAL BALL, under whose banner the band became one of Europe´s major forces in
the Hard Rock genre.
Tentatively entitled “In The Beginning”, CRYSTAL BALL started their crusade in 1999.
The first album was very successful, but was topped with ease by the follow-up “Hard Impact”, which was
voted as “album of the month” in several magazines.
Immediately tour plans came up, realised by supporting Pretty Maids and Gotthard. Nobody was able to
hide from CRYSTAL BALL. The result: a new record contract with Nuclear Blast!
With “Virtual Empire”, CRYSTAL BALL showed up more varied, but still traditional and melodic in 2002.
The band massively toured Europe, together first with Dokken, then with U.D.O., Doro and Krokus.
The special humour of CRYSTAL BALL shone through in 2003 with the release of the fourth album
“HELLvetia”. The album was produced by ex-U.D.O./ex-Accept member Stefan Kaufmann, who
CRYSTAL BALL met on their tour with U.D.O. It became a more edgy effort and increased the success of
CRYSTAL BALL enormously.
The band return to their old style with the release of the slightly experimental album “Virtual Empire”.
Successful tours with Axxis, Pink Cream 69 and Krokus saw CRYSTAL BALL increase their fan following
“TimeWalker” continued in the tradition of delivering great catchy songs full of freshness and power. Once
again produced by Kaufmann, the album displayed the exceptional class of CRYSTAL BALL. The band´s
very first headliner tour with then-labelmates Thunderstone followed after the release in 2005.
In 2007 CRYSTAL BALL inked a new record deal with AFM Records. “Secrets” was their sixth album, a
great piece of Hard Rock, recorded and produced by Michael Bormann.
CRYSTAL BALL came back stronger than ever, with the album “Dawnbreaker” in 2013!
The original members Scott Leach and Marcel Sardella reformed CRYSTAL BALL with fresh blood and a
great new frontman, Steven Mageney from Wuppertal, Germany. Steven is a experienced singer and the
perfect match for the new CRYSTAL BALL sound.
After the release of “Dawnbreaker”, the band played 40 shows in six countries.
Their successful tours with Krokus and The Poodles made it clear for all concertgoers: The Balls are
back… for good!
FORMAT: CD, Ltd. Digipak
LABEL: Massacre Records
CAT. NUMBER: MAS CD0893, MAS DP0893
RUNNING TIME: 69:28 Minutes
MUSIC STYLE: Melodic/Hard Rock
US RELEASE DATE: June 23rd, 2015
2. Eye To Eye
4. Balls Of Steel
5. Hold Your Flag
6. Gods Of Rock
7. Take It All
9. Rock Of Life
12. Memory Run
Digipak Bonus Tracks:
13. Sacred Heart
14. Sign Of The Southern Cross
15. Not Like You
Steven Mageney – Vocals
Scott Leach – Guitars
Markus Flury – Guitars
Cris Stone – Bass
Marcel Sardella – Drums
1999 – In The Beginning • 2000 – Hard Impact • 2002 – Virtual Empire • 2003 – HELLvetia •
2005 – TimeWalker • 2007 – Secrets • 2013 – Dawnbreaker • 2015 – LifeRiderBand Websites:http://www.crystal-ball.ch