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Artist: Crystal Ball

Title: Virtual Empire

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2002

Label: Nuclear Blast (Germany)

Catalog Number: NB 329-2

Personnel

Mark Sweeney Vocals
Tom Graber Guitar, Keyboards
Dany Schallibaum Bass
Scott Leach Guitar
Marcel Sardella Drums

Tracks

1.  3rd Dimension  
2.  Hands Of God  
3.  Savage Mind  
4.  Am I Free  
5.  Virtual Empire  
6.  Night And Day  
7.  Dance With The Devil  
8.  Night Is Over  
9.  Blind Side  
10.  Talk In Circles  
11.  Look In My Eyes  
12.  Private Visitor  
13.  Find Your Ground  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Rockhead Date: July 18, 2004 at 6:21
The third release form Crystal Ball and IMO the poorest. The debut was strong AOR?Melodic ROck, THe 2nd was more Hard Rocking akin to Gottard and Bonfire in places, this the 3rd is trying to be both. In -places it works well in others it dosn't. There is enough here for fans of scandi/ Germanic rock to shell out for though.

From: Geoff Date: July 29, 2004 at 1:47
I must agree - this is a great band and the first two albums are two of the best in the genre, but this one just doesn't match them. It is still a great, solid album from this very consistent band, nothing bad about it, just not as good as the first two. Good melodic hard rock though.

From: craigdufresne Date: October 15, 2005 at 16:05
I HAVE TO SAY THAT I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WHEN I PURCHASED THIS CD. THEIR FIRST TWO CDS ARE GREAT. THIS CD JUST PLAIN SUCKS. ONLY ONE OR TWO GOOD SONGS. VERY DISAPPOINTING. PEACE

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 25, 2006 at 22:59
Rockhead is right in his comment is a mixture of their first 2 albums,somewhere half in the middle.This ain't a bad album i mean it has the flavour that all of us listeners want to hear from a band this caliber.Certainly this is not forgeteable but you'd better be aware.If you get it you will not be repented though.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: January 7, 2007 at 20:01
They should've consulted a psychic with a crystal ball before releasing this CD, because then they might've realized it was not what the fans wanted to hear. Ballsier guitars, which is cool, but song quality is not nearly as good as the band's first 2 CDs. Still, you'd be hard-pressed to call this a bad album; many other melodic metal bands wish they could record something half this good. The only problem is that it just pales in comparison to its predecessors, which were virtual masterpieces.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 12, 2011 at 13:07
I gave it another listening and honestly this release smokes real good!!!... ....Hard Rock with some Melodic Metal here and there...obvioulsy a matter of tastes..."Hands Of God" is a great track,"Savage Mind","Am I Free?","Night And Day","Night Is Over"(rocks!),"Blind Side"(rocks real good!),"Talk In Circles" & "Private Visitor"(catchy) are my faves...92/100


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