CRYSTAL BALL – Déjà-Voodoo

CRYSTAL BALL - Déjà-Voodoo
  • 7/10
    CRYSTAL BALL - Déjà-Voodoo - 7/10


Massacre Records
Release date: September 2, 2016

User Review
6/10 (1 vote)

With upwards of twenty years in the business, Swiss rockers Crystal Ball are set to release their ninth album, Déjà-Voodoo. It carries the same Power Rock groove as last year’s LP LifeRider, and starts off in a similar fashion by relying mostly on the song titles for every hook. Things change course midway through, however, and the band shines with an outstanding ballad entitled “Home Again”, followed by the complex and riff-driven track “To Freedom And Progress”. The album keeps relative pace from thereon out, and finishes cleanly with another fine ballad.

Loyal fans will enjoy Crystal Ball’s familiar sound, and it deviates enough from Arena Rock clichés to attract new fans. But, the record does suffer a bit from an identity crisis as those deviations tend to conflict. The Symphonic vocals refuse to give up the spotlight as edgy guitars try to showcase their talent. Aside from this, and perhaps playing it a little too safe, Déjà-Voodoo still has a lot to keep you satisfied, including plenty of replay value.


  • Dan Skiba

    Dan is a former partner at Metal Express Radio, and also served as a reviewer, photographer and interviewer on occasions. Based out of Indianapolis, USA he was first turned on to Hard Rock music in the mid-1970s when he purchased Deep Purple's Machine Head as his first album. He was immediately enthralled with the powerful guitar sound and pronounced drumbeat, and had to get more! His collection quickly expanded to include as many of Heavy Rock bands of the time that he could get his hands on, such as Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few.

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