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Crimson Passion Cry

by Crimson Chrysalis

Symphonic, progressive female-fronted rock
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angels & Demons
3:40 $0.99
2. Deo Volente
3:34 $0.99
3. Moth Around a Flame
2:50 $0.99
4. Blood Diamond
4:58 $0.99
5. Epilogue
4:28 $0.99
6. F-Off and Die
3:24 $0.99
7. Letters from the Edge
3:55 $0.99
8. Crimson Passion Cry
5:37 $0.99
9. Virgin Death
3:32 $0.99
10. Fatal Lie
5:07 $0.99
11. Dragon's Roar
3:41 $0.99
12. Soliloque
4:36 $0.99
13. Moth Around a Flame (Unplugged)
2:33 $0.99
14. Lost
4:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
Review by Nick Katona (President of Melodic Revolution Records):
I was first introduced to Crimson Chrysalis a South African Symphonic Rock Band on a popular internet ( radio station that I am also a DJ on. My initial impression was that Crimson Chrysalis was not cut from the same cloth as others in this genre of music. As the president of a small independent record label I have a lot of music that crosses my desk and computer, much of it is pretty good and some not so and every once in a while I hear something special, something that speaks to me, grabs me by the ears and gives me a tingly feeling as all good music should. South Africa is filled with both culture and turmoil but has not been well known for its music exports with the exception of a few artists like Trevor Rabin who is best known for his work with Yes 1983 – 1994 that said, things are about to change as Crimson Chrysalis look to take the world by storm, this will not be an easy thing to do in today’s music climate however they have a great chance that will make this transition to break worldwide a bit easier with the release of their Debut “Crimson Passion Cry” an album that took 2 ½ years to complete and the results are spellbinding. This is one of those albums that one will find them revisiting often. “Crimson Passion Cry” not only has top notice production, wonderful and moving lyrics as well as memorable songs many of which that have an anthemic sing along feel to them as provided by lyricist Esther Slabbert. If I were to compare René van den Berg vocals to anyone I would have to say she has the same feel and quality of Kate Bush and Ellen Foley possibly even Tori Amos. Bottom line keep your eye on this band as they have a bright future ahead with this release and others to follow.

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Magic... That’s the first word that jumps to mind when you listen to this unique production. Pure Magic.
This hauntingly beautiful album by Crimson Chrysalis is bound to stretch your imagination, add another dimension, open your mind and gain entry into another world.
In short – Crimson Passion Cry is an album that astounds with the extent of surprising elements it has on offer.
Although the genre could roughly be described as classic rock, it must be stressed that the music will narrate and communicate a different style and message to different listeners. And that is exactly where the underlying beauty is captured.
Lovers of classical music, rock fans and even supporters of gothic music will all find their tastes quenched on this album. And it happens so effortlessly.

Although the fantasy element is evident in the album design as well as the song titles, there is nothing whimsical about the result. Imaginative, yes - but very powerful and gorgeously haunting.

Never before has an album quite like this been launched on the South African market. With 13 superb original tracks, all performed live; it is a tour de force. Every care has been taken to ensure a masterpiece, and one is tempted to treat each track as exactly that: a work of art.

René van den Berg is stunning on vocals, rendering and transforming every nuance and emotion of the superb lyrics into an audio feast. She most certainly proves herself as a vastly accomplished vocalist with beautiful depth and distinctive fundamentals that translates outstandingly.

Without any hesitation, lavish credit should be bestowed on Esther Slabbert for her penmanship. Together they make a brilliant team who clearly understand each other and what they want from the production.

The name Crimson Chrysalis is therefore extremely apt, as Crimson is prevalent of the passion that oozes from every syllable and Chrysalis underscores the inevitable transformation experienced.

Production was handled by René herself, in conjunction with Jürgen von Wechmar of Sunset Recording Studios who masterfully lent his touch to the final product. Elben Schutte showcases his ingenuity on the arrangements and is a young talent to watch in the future.

Although it’s a shame to isolate some of the tracks as they are all equally worthy, special mention must be given to Blood Diamond, Fatal Lie, Deo Volente, Moth Around A Flame and the first single, Letters From The Edge.

One can only hope that Crimson Chrysalis will take their production to the next level with a spectacular theatre production. Their music certainly warrants the grandeur of a full philharmonic orchestra, lavish costumes and the story behind the music.

It would not be premature to speculate that this album will not only capture the hearts and imaginations of a local audience, but that they will be recognised all over the globe. The world certainly awaits...



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