a breath of fresh air to the whole Neo-Classical Metal genre comes
Crylord the brainchild of Polish virtuoso guitarist Boguslaq Balcerak
with his simply stunning 'Blood Of The Prophets' opus.
album is brings together that Neo-classical ambience with a more Hard
Rock edginess, which is added to by the vocal force behind the album,
with not one but three giants of the Rock world, with Carsten
“Lizard” Schulz, Mark
Boals and Goran Edman all bringing their own unique talents to the fold.
album kicks off with the intro ‘Ante Bellum Overture’, which right from the
very beginning gives you a taste of what Balcerak guitar work brings to
the album, both with the neo-classic flurries, but also the hard edge
rockier riffs that unify in one masterclass of six-string dexterity.
first of the vocal tracks features Schulz who works his magic as always
on the title track ‘Blood Of The Prophets’, a real stormer with both
the hard rock and classical element working together in perfect harmony.
to show his vocal prowess is Goran Edman who never fails to deliver, and
on ‘Grave of Love’ we are treated real melodic overtures and soaring
classical vibes. The trio of vocalists make their mark early on with Mark
Boals bringing the heat on the stunning ‘Bard’s Tale’, with
Balcerak unleashing multitude of licks and riffs that will leave you
mystified with wonder.
back to the hard rocking vocals of Schulz for ‘Warrior Moon’, again
hard rock and neo-classical guitar wizardry, or six string alchemy, is the
back bone of this one, with Schulz delivering some of the best vocals
that remind me of his Domain days.
keeps the mike for the next song also, ‘Face Of Destiny’ which is more
mellower affair, as he is joined by Boals for this melody rich soar-away
haunting ballad, before we take a brief interlude in the vocals with the
instrumental ‘The Heretic’. This is where Balcerak is let loose to
really bring the whole Neo-Classical thing to a head. I know when
mention Neo-Classical Rock to many, the instant reaction is six string masturbation,
but this album is not like that, there is enough edge and metal to keep you
back to the vocalist for ‘Behind The Walls Of Sadness’, a rampaging
rocker that just explodes the myth that Hard Rock and Neo-Classical
don’t mix as this one just ROCKS! Enough said!
album takes another twist with the almost Symphonic Metal tones of
‘Angel Devine’, with Goran Edman showing what a powerhouse vocalist
he is. This is just stunning and ranks as one of my favourite tracks off
longest track on the album coming in at 8 mins 13 seconds is the
triumphant epic ‘Valley Of The Dead’, where again we find Schulz leading the
vocal attack on this song. Then it's ‘When The Time Has Come’, which
finds Boals and Edman sharing vocal duties, before this superb album
comes to close with the film score metal of
‘The Healing Hands Of Destruction’, where all three vocalists
share vocal duties on yet another superbly epic track.
Like I said at the beginning this album redefines the whole Neo-Classical genre and no longer will those words send shivers down the spines of the non-guitar players of the world. This is a very listenable album that has enough layers to satisfy any fan of great rock and metal. Look out world there’s a new six string king in town and he’s here to kick some serious metal ass. The name of this musical master? Boguslaw Balcerak!
Ante Bellum Overture (Intro)
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