Crysalys - The Awakening Of Gaia

7.5 | 23 votes |
Release date: 23 September 2011
Style: Symphonic metal, Gothic metal


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01. The Awakening Of Gaia
02. Butterfly Effect
03. Angelica
04. Scarlet Crusade
05. By Stars Revealed
06. My Will Be Done
07. When Sirens Sing
08. Time For Vultures
09. Lilium
10. ...And Let The Innocent Dream

Chiara "Dusk" Malvestiti - vocals
Fabio "Wolf" Amurri - keyboards
Alessandro "Doomtrain" Camela - drums
Giuseppe "Peppz" Cardinali - bass

Session musicians
Janos Murri - guitar

Additional info
Produced by Crysalys.
Recorded between August 23-September 13, 2010 at RealSound Studio, Langhirano, Italy.
Mixed by Chris Donaldson at Garage Studio, Montrèal, Canada.
Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland.
Cover art, booklet art and layout by Travis Smith.
Band photography by Daniele Tedeschi.
Art direction by Fabio Amurri.

Staff review by
Jason W.
A new voice in symphonic metal has arrived, one that is ready to mesmerize us all with voices of sirens and the destruction of Earth, and change the world with a movement as simple and decisive as a flap of a butterfly's wing. A demanding sense of purpose forces itself from the ground beneath as soon as the album begins, and unlike so many symphonic albums, this is not one that lets you carefully ease your way in. More like a wall of lava searing your skin and mind, Crysalys is at once fearfully vicious as it is thrilling to watch while the explosion of reds and oranges reflect and sparkle upon your eyes.

published 29.11.2011 | Comments (10)

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25.11.2011 - 15:23
Rating: 7
Learning To "X"
Heard one song, and my, this is really strange. The cover is lovely though. No wonder, since it's by Travis Smith.
"There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be. And then you accept it. Or you kill yourself. Or you stop looking in mirrors."
25.11.2011 - 17:03
Rating: 8
Ag Fox
Angel No More
I heard the album once. Find it pretty bombastic so to speak. Considering the symphonic subgenre, it's pretty good.
loves 小巫
28.11.2011 - 20:11
I agree with Ag. Very bombastic. If its the same lady doing both vocal parts like what I heard from their video, then it should make for a very interesting listen
Freeze! Step away from the hubris.
29.11.2011 - 06:10
Rating: 9
Jason W.
Review coming up soon. And yes, all vocals are Chiara's
"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
29.11.2011 - 06:37
I'm really impressed with this album. It's just been so damn long since new bands were doing decent stuff with this particular sub-genre, specifically bombastic symphonic metal with operatic vocals. It's usually impossible to find a non-shitty singer for one thing (Chiara is not shitty), the songwriting, especially guitars is usually plasticky and boring (Crysalys' tunes are quite exciting) and the whole vibe is usually too commercial (Crysalys seems to not give a shit and play what they like). Thanks Crysalys for making a lovely album You're solidly on my radar!
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
29.11.2011 - 17:34
The vocals are just awful. I mean beyond awful. The falsetto's are just .... eeek ...
30.11.2011 - 00:24
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It all started so wonderfully...then the vocals began. These guys do play really nice music and the production is fantastic, but this is definitely not for those who don't like a side of operatic female singing served up with their metal.
04.04.2012 - 23:27
The vocals definately take some getting used to. Turned me off at first when I first saw the music video...but after a while I kept finding myself coming back to the music video, listening to it over and over again. Now im kinda hooked.
18.12.2012 - 17:36
Rating: 8
Metal Addict
Usually symphonic metal with female vocals is not my cup of tea (to say the least) but this album and especially Chiara Malvestiti managed to captivate. I'm beginning to think that she's not a human but a siren.
Seriously, though, I think she's pretty close to Annlouice Loegdlund from Diablo Swing Orchestra. If only Crysalys' music was as diverse as DSO... Then again, they did a good job for their first full-length.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
22.02.2014 - 15:10
Rating: 7
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
Something is a bit wrong with this album, it potentially could be a very strong effort by them, something very outstanding, but what it lacks I think is a bit or more consistency and melodic moments, and too much heavy operatic vocals sometimes ruin its awesome music, I mean they could be used in the right moments for adding intensity to the whole music, the vocalist's voice is really much more impressive without using the operatic style.
The Fangirl.

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