Friday, October 4, 2013

Crystal Palace "The System of Events"

Country: Germany
Sub GenreAlternative, Progressive Rock
LabelGentle Art of Music
Release dateOctober 4, 2013
01. Chasing Better Days
02. As Heaven Dies
03. Beautiful Nighmare
04. Green Way
05. Sleepless
06. Stunned By The Silence
07. Breathe
08. The System Of Events

Yenz - vocals, bass
Frank Köhler - keys
Frank Brennekam - drums
Nils Conrad - guitars
Yogi Lang (RPWL) - keys
Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) - bass
Kalle Walner  (RPWL, Blind Ego) - guitar

“The System of Events” distinguishes itself through courageous songwriting, intelligent arrangements and a compelling storyline that takes the listener on a thrilling journey of eight brilliantly crafted songs: Is there a formula that determines our lives or do we have matters in our own hands?
The title song, for instance, deals with how people are forced to adapt to entirely new circumstances of living after disastrous strokes of fate hit. Be it coming to terms with the inhumane brutality of the Norwegian Breivik-killing spree, the anger that followed the nuclear disaster of Fukushima or coping with the very personal grief after the untimely death of a close relative. In their compositions Crystal Palace artfully merges these emotions with musical virtuosity and thus creates songs that touch music lovers – even beyond the borders of the art rock genre.
On “The System of Events”, once again, Crystal Palace is evocative of legendary role models like Marillion, Dream Theater or Genesis. And yet, the band still goes its very own way because the primary and foremost intent behind the quartet’s music is to reach people. From the first second one can not only heard but even feel that “The System of Events” is a real labor of love that has emerged from pure passion. The art rock that these Berliners play keeps morphing into “goose bumps rock”. 
Breathe (edit)

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