Crysalys
The Awakening Of Gaia


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
November 6th, 2011 | 10 replies | 2,669 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: why not?

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Opera often strongly influences symphonic metal, either from classically trained vocalists, or a symphonic, dramatic undertone. However, it is exceedingly rare for such vocalists to unleash their full capacity. They usually prefer clean sounding vocals, and only occasionally bridge into more operatic singing (for example, Simone Simons). Well, there is a certain anomaly as of late, and her name is Chiara Malvestiti. As evident by the name, Crysalys are from Italy! What you may not have guessed, however, is that this album harkens back to the roots of Italian opera. Such a concept may sound frightening, but believe it or not, Crysalys do it much justice. With the assistance of an unusually strong female vocalist, The Awakening Of Gaia is quite an intriguing listen.

The Awakening Of Gaia feels like the natural progression that the symphonic metal genre should have taken years ago. After all, it is an entirely drama obsessed genre, so why not go all out? There’s no flirting here, no inconsistent or embarrassed dabbling – this is unadulterated opera-meets-metal. Why not throw in spoken words once in a while? Why not compose the music to sound like a cinematic masterpiece? These are the types of questions that Crysalys answer with not a hint of shame.

I’ve heard a lot of overly theatrical metal bands in my life time, but this one takes the cake. Every second is more bombastic than the last, with heavily distorted guitars, a ridiculous, spacey atmosphere, added electronics, etc. Crysalys throw everything on the table at once, and expectedly, the soundscape is overwhelming. I can’t imagine the type of person that would like this (aside from me), but I’m sure it will appeal to some people. If you like this kind of stuff I’d recommend it, but for everyone else, run as far away from it as you possibly can.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 6th 2011



48587 Comments


cool

Digging: Banner Pilot - Souvenir

pizzamachine
November 6th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah

DieDead
November 6th 2011



222 Comments


sounds cool to me.

WashboardSuds
November 6th 2011



4889 Comments


nice

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

pizzamachine
November 6th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet :]

Ovrot
November 6th 2011



10260 Comments


YES! A PIZZAMACHINE BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY I CAN'T BELIEVE MY EYES THE TIME IS ABOUT TO FLY I AM REAL COOL GUY REVIEW!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2011



30320 Comments


Why can you never fill in the RIYL section?

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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2011



17914 Comments


recommended if you like metal albums with butterflies on the cover

pizzamachine
November 6th 2011



12568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Dev: Hrm, I guess I can for this one.

Nice one Chan

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 6th 2011



30320 Comments



recommended if you like metal albums with butterflies on the cover


Ewww, Atreyu



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