BOGUSLAW BALCERAK’S CRYLORD – GATES OF VALHALLA

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Released 20th June 2014 on Power Prog Records

Album #2 for Crylord, the band led by Polish guitar whiz Boguslaw Balcerak.  As with their impressive debut “Blood Of The Prophets” the new album sees an all star cast of vocalists from former Malmsteen screamers Goran Edman and Mark Boals, to Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One, Dead End Heroes), Rick Altzi (At Vance) and newcomer Ricky Wychowaniec.  Once again a backdrop of very competent Polish musicians completes the line-up.

Stylistically the albym also contined where its predecessor ended, extremely well written neo-classical metal infused with a few prog metal touches in a couple of places.  Excellent performances from all involved and if this had Malmsteen’s name on it the world would be sitting up and taking notice as it slays anything “the maestro” has released in almost 20 years.

Great songs, great playing, great performances and good production.

Highly recommended.

Rating – 94%

 

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