Crystal Eyes
Confessions of the Maker


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Viessman USER (44 Reviews)
June 1st, 2009 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Having Vocal Jesus on here gives this album an automatic point and a half boost. Good thing the music is pretty rad too.

Have I reviewed enough power metal albums yet? I will answer that question by saying no; well, at least until I finish up the whole Daniel Heiman discography, I will finally be done for a while. There is one more album left with him at the helm of vocal duties and that is Crystal Eyes Confession of the Maker. Daniel made a guest appearance on a previous album, and after his departure from Lost Horizon, they wanted him to record vocals for an entire album. They couldn't get him to join the band permanently as he formed Heed during the recording process. This review is not about my love of Daniel Heiman though, actually that's a lie, but I am here to review the entire album Confessions of the Maker.

Let me first start by saying that this isn't a groundbreaking power metal album. Everything on this disc has been done multiple times before to the point where the predictability drags the flow a little. This doesn't stop the album from being a great, fun, and happy-go-lucky power metal album with rubbish lyrics that the genre has garnered a reputation for producing such albums. Now for the actual music.

Like most power metal bands, and metal bands in general, Crystal Eyes uses a duel guitar system. Both guitarists play off of each other and harmonize for a lot of the album. The styling reminds me a lot of Lost Horizon. Panic White Wolves, and Revolutions of the Shadowland sound like they could've been b-tracks off of Awakening the World. To actually not compare this band to Lost Horizon, one has to listen to the self titled track. The riff at 1:17 is simple, but extremely effective; the rest can be said for the rest of the track as well. Terminal Voyage and The Fool's Ballet both have different sounds too. The latter sounds like something from the hair-metal 80's era, while the former's verse riffs are some of the best on the entire disc.

The drumming is pretty typical for power metal in that it is just there to keep a beat. As for the bass player Claes Wikander, all I can say is holy crap it's awesome. Again, the layering of the bass in the music is influenced by Lost Horizon. The entire album has a very bassy feel to it. What's great though is that the bass gets a couple little entrance solos in The Fool's Ballet and Revolutions of the Shadowland.

Now we reach the part of the band that we've waiting this long to hear about: the vocals. One can just read my review of Lost Horizon, Heed, and even the averageness of Lavett to know my fanboyish attraction for who I describe as vocal Jesus. I'll state it again that Daniel Heiman is the greatest singer I have ever laid my ears upon, and no one can ever top him. The things he did with Lost Horizon, and some extent Heed, is still mindboggling two years after first listening to the band. Comparing this to those isn't really fair though, as he doesn't reach those highs. This frown face moment is easily explained. The lyrics and music for this album were written by Mikael Dahl before Daniel was even approached. Dahl was the singer for Crystal Eyes up until this point, and the music was for his vocal range instead of Daniel's. This still does not mean that the vocals don't impress. The little bridge verse in Northern Rage is still face melting, especially at that "FOREVERRRRRRRRR!!" part. The Terror is just phenomenal too, and it shows his range perfectly. The twenty second section from 5:30-5:50 is one of my favorite Heiman moments. The Charioteer, Panic, Terminal Voyage, oh hell the entire album is awesome vocally.

So why is this not more epic and deserving of a higher rating than I gave it? Well, half the songs are just plain boring, and Silent Angel I am talking to you (even though that shouldn't even be on here as Daniel doesn't even sing that song.) Some of the highlights I stated earlier are just that, highlights. For instance, half of the seven minute song Terror is just average, but is saved by cool guitars and vocals. Confessions of the Maker as a whole is a fun power metal album to listen to on an occasional basis. The harmonized and melodic guitars to go with an audible bass makes this a pleasure listening to musically. Having Daniel Heiman as the lead man makes this a pleasure to listen to vocally.



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Poet
June 1st 2009


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol another review that will get less than 10 comments. WOOT!

BallsToTheWall
June 1st 2009


44805 Comments


I havent listened to a power metal album in 32 years. I think the genre is dead until Kamelot's newest comes out but ace review.

Willie
Moderator
June 1st 2009


16149 Comments


Let me first start by saying that this isn't a groundbreaking power metal album.
Because those kind of power metal albums don't exist

There are a few minor errors, but not bad.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

gaslightanthem
June 1st 2009


5209 Comments


worst musical genre would rather listen to brokencyde

BallsToTheWall
June 1st 2009


44805 Comments


Nowhere near as bad Brokencyde. Bite your tounge you hippy.

gaslightanthem
June 1st 2009


5209 Comments


Probably a lot worse

why am I a hippy you no nonsense metal as fuck steely sperm mother whore

Poet
June 1st 2009


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Because those kind of power metal albums don't exist

There are a few minor errors, but not bad.


lol yeah they do. As for the errors, I wrote this in like twenty minutes. Figured since I haven't written a review in two months and I am on summer break, I can get back to reviewing again.



KYZAR
June 1st 2009


513 Comments


havent listened to much power metal before the only being Dragonforce i suffice to say i was not impressed. these guys look way better (+ vocal Jesus helps) so i prob will check it out

BludgeonySteve
June 1st 2009


558 Comments


Good review as always. It doesn't sound like there's much to say about these guys that couldn't be said about Lost Horizon, but more complimentarily. Either way Heiman is Heiman, the few clips of this album I've heard were in best of Daniel Heiman videos but it sounded good. There's only so many times I can listen to Awakening The World and A Flame To The Ground Beneath so I might listen to this.

And power metal is not dead. Not until Blind Guardian start to suck. Which will be never

Zip
June 2nd 2009


5312 Comments


10 comments

Zip
June 2nd 2009


5312 Comments


11 comments, what now.

lak89
July 2nd 2010


183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

edit: I used the soundoff feature



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