Henk : The Greek / Danish ensemble Crystal Tears releases Decadence Deluxe as their newest album since their start in 2006. It is the second album with the Danish singer Soren Adamsen and with that the line-up is the same as on the previous album 'Hellmade'. Crystal Tears shows itself on this album from two sides. A more commercial side with as best example the Judas Priest / Halford cover 'Heart Of A Lion'. On the other hand, the band often crosses the thrash metal border with even some blast beats like in 'Death Haunts Forever'. With that the album goes a little in all directions and is there always something to find for the positive minds among us.
Incidentally, the band has some fine melodies in songs like 'Where Angels Die' and 'Tears For The Dead', which will make your head bang and shake the neck muscles a lot. In between, however, you will also find songs like 'Bleeding Me' and 'Dear Insanity' that are rather soft. As bonus tracks the band has two acoustic covers in store in the form of 'Tie Your Mother Down' and 'I'm Eighteen' by Queen and Alice Cooper respectively. For me a complete mystery why these versions have been added here. Maybe because of the fact that Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit) plays along with this. Production and mix of R.D Liapakis who previously worked on Mystic Prophecy, Silius and the previous album 'Hellmade' is again excellent. Crystal clear and hard. So a fine album but not yet great, unfortunately.