Listen: FORGET THE LP! THIS is the one CRYSTAL PRIDE-item you truly need.
These 3 songs are very far from the average HR/HM presented on their rather
common debut album 2 years later. This is the earliest and possibly the
best 80's Epic Power Metal recording in Scandinavia and definitely the
finest FWOSHM EP ever, even outmatching such high-acclaimed contemporaries
as ZONE ZERO, ONYX
or BEHEMOTH. Got your attention? Good! Now, the songs:
1. "Silverhawk" - What a masterpiece! 7 minutes of intricate, epic Heavy
Metal, starting with some mindblowing, powerfull riffing and tempochanges,
then it just gets better. It's like the best parts of MANILLA ROAD, MERCYFUL
FATE and earliest HELLOWEEN rolled into one. Although the drums and vocals
are just a tidbit weaker than on a professional, high-budget release,
the guitars are fucking riveting from start to finish. Yes, it's that
good and you almost missed out on it!
2. "Sharon" - With this song they managed something truly rare; to write
a melodic Metal track sounding both mellow and melancholic at the same
time without ever hinting on wimpness. The only other Metal recording
I've heard that touches this territory would be the heavier parts of the
debut LP but UK's SATANIC RITES, but CRYSTAL PRIDE did it with so much
more power and songwriting skill. It almost has a folky edge to it, in
the most possitive sense of the word.
3. "Song For Jeanne d'Arc" - After a spoken intro by drummer "Bongo" (now
a famous TV-show host and comedian here in Sweden) this monster of a song
attack with some of the heaviest guitars in Metal this particular year.
I'd rate this track as one of the top 5 greatest Scandinavian Metal songs
ever (see my MOOTTORILINNUT review
for a list of the others). The song is constructed in a very simple but
effective manner, without a real chorus, instead concentrating on incredibly
beautiful vocal harmonies on the verses and totally destructive, bonecrushing
Power Metal riffing inbetween. Here is where Sussie's voice is done the
most justice and really shows it's potential. As the song ends the heavy
riffing fades into a mesmerizing aucustic part and it's everything METALLICA
(r.i.p.) wanted to do with their "Ride The Lightning" album compressed
into 1 minute - 2 years earlier!
1000 copies is quite alot for a private debut 7", but according to a story
I've heard, prior to them signing for the LP their new record label Mill
Records forced them to destroy a considerable amount of the singles. If
that's not a crime against humanity I haven't a clue what is. Still it's
far from one of the rarest of the old Swedish 7"s and it turnes up on
fairs and on tradelists fairly often, at least in Sweden. Don't pay more
than €30 for a mint copy. Oh whatever, just get it, OK? It's one of The
Great Ones. I kid you not. It's bloody perfect. Trust me, I'm a doctor,
I know these things. "Silverhawk! - flying higher, Silverhawk! - lost
desire, Silverhawk! - flying higher in the skyyyy!..."