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Crystal Empire [Import]

Freedom Call Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B000056VC3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,562,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The King Of The Crystal Empire
2. Freedom Call
3. Rise Up
4. Farewell
5. Pharao
6. Call Of Fame
7. Heart Of The Rainbow
8. The Quest
9. Ocean
10. Palace Of Fantasy
11. The Wanderer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. 26 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
It is hard to describe this album. It blows you away. The thing is with melodic, epic, fantasy, power metal is it will never be to all tastes. I believe it is a great introduction to the metal genre. I was first opened up to heavy metal by bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest. Now I listen to everything from Blind Guardian to Immortal. I love metal, I love Freedom Call.

Now back to the album. It is a happy album, with sing-along choruses, head banging riffs, and amazingly well written songs. It is more polished than their first album. I cannot recommend this album enough. There is not a weak track. Powerful guitar play and singing of typical power metal style with good fast drum beats. It is typical power metal, except for one thing, it's possibly better than anything you have heard.

Sure Rhapsody, Hammerfall, Man O'War, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian etc have amazing albums and a back catalogue to be envious of, only now we have Freedom Call. Who in only their second album achieved something close to perfection.

If you like any of the above bands, or indeed any metal, be it Metallica, Nightwish, Emperor, Deicide. I do ask that you at least listen to a few tracks. I can't say which are stand out ones, they are all good. Sorry, that should say they are all great. Though, Track 5: Pharoah, does seem to garner a lot of praise.

After this album I recommend Eternity.

Try it, you might like it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not their best. 6 Jan 2003
By stavton
Format:Audio CD
This is Freedom Call's second album, and as such is a much more mature recording than Stairway to Fairyland. This is in supreme evidence on the second track, 'Freedom Call,' which has one of the greatest choruses in metal history, second only to the Deftones' 'Drive.' If you read this and don't buy a Freedom Call album, then I pity you, I really do. On a final note, if these guys were around at the same time as Judas Priest, then you wouldn't have a clue who Rob Halford is, they're that good. Better than a 2-0 away win at Old Trafford.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music 16 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
I Think Freedom Call are a great band and Crystal Empire is an Excellet album
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have you been 27 Jun 2003
By Z. Hibbard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can pretty much say that I've been searching for a CD like this for years now. Being a huge fan of power metal, I need catchy choruses, thundering double bass, and beautiful guitar work. This album packs a load of that and more. The great thing about this CD is that it might be just about the happiest metal I've ever heard. Farewell makes me want to join hands with my friends and like run over a grassy hill or something. Yeah, that good. And the band's title anthem is just unbelievably catchy. Try as I might, as a metal album, I cannot find a single thing wrong with The Crystal Empire. Buy it, end of story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precision German, Heroic Power Metal 18 Nov 2005
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If I were to make a list of my favorite Epic Power Metal Bands, I would be remiss if I didn't include Freedom Call. For power metaliers, Freedom Call have one of the classiest sounds around. I can barely listen to their music after all these years, without getting chills. There are presently four Freedom Call studio albums and all are solid efforts but for some reason, Crystal Empire strikes a higher chord in my aural senses. I chose to write about this album because, in my humble opinion, it beats out the others by a hair.

Freedom Call is one of those rare bands, where all the band members sing and join in the harmony, like Asia or Styx. Their music is what is regarded as Epic or Heroic Power Metal, which usually translates into a story about some bigger than life fantasy character or event. Crystal Empire is such an album, chronicling a mighty quest by Ramzezh, king of the sun people to save his people from the evil prince Thorgan of Phantagor.

Freedom Call's music is standard epic power metal fare, with symphonic accompaniment and somewhat high pitched multiple vocals harmonizing in the background. The music is particularly melodic, the musicianship, especially guitars, is magnificent. What I like in particular about Freedom Call's songs is that they don't turn their drummer loose, like Rhapsody and many others. Another thing I like about Freedom Call is, like Rhapsody, they vary the tempo of the music. However, unlike Rhapsody, Freedom Call's fastest speed seems to be less frenetic than many other power metal bands. This is a important issue with me. It is one of the reasons I never quite got into Rhapsody. Their fastest speed is almost machine gun like. I find it very disconcerting and it really keeps me from absorbing the music. It's just moving too fast to take in. Anyway, if you're a power metal fan, this is a must!

Highlight Songs

All the songs are excellent, with special emphasis on tracks 2, 4 and 8. "Freedom Call", "Farewell" and "The Quest". All songs are similar but the exceptional melodies and varying tempos elevate these three songs above the others.

"Freedom Call" is a 5:35 minute, medium fast tempo piece with strong orchestral elements. It also features a strong guitar solo in the bridge.

"Farewell" is a 4:06 minute, medium paced, somewhat anthem sounding song again with extensive orchestral accompaniment.

At 7:35 minutes "The Quest" longest song on the album. It is also the `piece de resistance`, a song that I consider in the top echelons of my favorites. For me it is truly inspiring, starting out with a subtle piano intro and then the sound explodes around you. It has somewhat of a chugging beat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Precision German Power Metal 18 Nov 2005
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
f I were to make a list of my favorite Epic Power Metal Bands, I would be remiss if I didn't include Freedom Call. For power metaliers, Freedom Call have one of the classiest sounds around. I can barely listen to their music after all these years, without getting chills. There are presently four Freedom Call studio albums and all are solid efforts but for some reason, Crystal Empire strikes a higher chord in my aural senses. I chose to write about this album because, in my humble opinion, it beats out the others by a hair.

Freedom Call is one of those rare bands, where all the band members sing and join in the harmony, like Asia or Styx. Their music is what is regarded as Epic or Heroic Power Metal, which usually translates into a story about some bigger than life fantasy character or event. Crystal Empire is such an album, chronicling a mighty quest by Ramzezh, king of the sun people to save his people from the evil prince Thorgan of Phantagor.

Freedom Call's music is standard epic power metal fare, with symphonic accompaniment and somewhat high pitched multiple vocals harmonizing in the background. The music is particularly melodic, the musicianship, especially guitars, is magnificent. What I like in particular about Freedom Call's songs is that they don't turn their drummer loose, like Rhapsody and many others. Another thing I like about Freedom Call is, like Rhapsody, they vary the tempo of the music. However, unlike Rhapsody, Freedom Call's fastest speed seems to be less frenetic than many other power metal bands. This is a important issue with me. It is one of the reasons I never quite got into Rhapsody. Their fastest speed is almost machine gun like. I find it very disconcerting and it really keeps me from absorbing the music. It's just moving too fast to take in. Anyway, if you're a power metal fan, this is a must!

Highlight Songs

All the songs are excellent, with special emphasis on tracks 2, 4 and 8. "Freedom Call", "Farewell" and "The Quest". All songs are similar but the exceptional melodies and varying tempos elevate these three songs above the others.

"Freedom Call" is a 5:35 minute, medium fast tempo piece with strong orchestral elements. It also features a strong guitar solo in the bridge.

"Farewell" is a 4:06 minute, medium paced, somewhat anthem sounding song again with extensive orchestral accompaniment.

At 7:35 minutes "The Quest" longest song on the album. It is also the `piece de resistance`, a song that I consider in the top echelons of my favorites. For me it is truly inspiring, starting out with a subtle piano intro and then the sound explodes around you. It has somewhat of a chugging beat.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keepers of the Kindergarden 27 Oct 2004
By Review Master - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Taking most of their cues from the twin classic albums of Helloween, this group strive to continue the work laid down by their fellow countrymen, and make a pretty good job of it in the process. While there are some darker moments, much of the material relies on fabulously childlike, yet infectious melodies to put Happy Metal back on the map.

Rather than the typical, negative emotions expressed in the majority of Metal bands, Freedom Call use positive, uplifting choruses, which are often sung in a major key. Unfortunately they seem to prefer using the same key for all their songs throughout the album! Many of the vocal melodies are also based on a similar theme, which can become rather tiresome after a while, yet the vocals themselves are performed very well.

The band employ the use of keyboards to further enhance their sound, although the fake trumpets do sound somewhat ridiculous when compared to the real thing. Here again the songs tend to suffer from a lack of diversity when very similar keyboard sequences are used on individual tracks. This is not to say that the music would benefit from their absence, as they do form an integral part of each composition.

Where the band do score however, is with the variation of rhythms and tempos. Another welcome innovation is the abolition of soppy ballads, replaced simply by songs with a slower beat and happier, singalong choruses. Some of this can get a bit much, but fortunately there is plenty of heavier material to counter this lighter side to the album.

Standout tracks include "Rise up", "Pharao" and the epic "Quest", while the likes of "Farewell" and "Wanderer" are more likely to induce bouts of uncontrolable cringing upon first encounter! Nevertheless, the music does tend to grow in appeal with repeated plays, and the listening experience eventually becomes an enjoyable one. Well worth checking out for fans of melodic Metal.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Freedom Call album. One of the best available by anyone 9 Jan 2003
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For starters, there are presently three Freedom Call albums and all three would hit five stars on my star chart. I chose to write about this album because, in my humble opinion, it beats out the other two by a hair.
If your going to rate an album five stars it better be something special. Well this album meets that criteria hands down. there is not a bad song on it and there are six songs I think are 9 or better. Another plus is that this is a feel good album. It's not dark or dreary but an uplifting feel good story. It is essentially a fantasy concept album, the story of which is available on the Freedom Call website:
I believe Crystal Empire is slightly better than their other albums Eternity and Stairway to Fairyland. In fact it's better than all Heroic Power Metal albums I have heard except Hastings 1066 by Thy Majestie and Gates of Oblivion by Dark Moor and I'm not sure of the latter. The music is pretty much standard epic power metal fare with symphonic background rather high pitched multiple vocals in harmony. the music is quite melodic the musicianship, especially guitars, is magnificent. What I especially like about Freedom Call's songs is that they don't use speed drumming like Rhapsody. Like Rhapsody, Freedom Call varies the tempo of the music, however Freemdom Call's fastest speed seems to be about seven eighths of many of the others. This is a big issue with me and it is one of the reasons I could never really get into Rhapsody. Their fastest speed is very disconcerting and really keeps me from absorbing the music. It's just moving too fast to absorb. I find the technically perfect Dragonforce likes the machine gun type drums too, so I don't listen to them either. Anyway, if you're a power metal fan this is a must! Below are the track list with my richter scale ratings:
01 The king of the Crystal Empire (Intro)
02 Freedom Call (10*)
03 Rise up (9*)
04 Farewell (8*)
05 Pharaoh (8*)
06 Call of fame (8*)
07 Heart of the rainbow (9*)
08 The Quest (10*)
09 Ocean (9*)
10 Palace of Fantasy (8*)
11 The Wanderer (9*)
As I said before, all the songs are excellent, with special emphasis on the 5:35 minute Freedom Call and the 7:35 minute The Quest. All songs are similar but the exceptional melodies and varying tempos elevate these two songs above the others.
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