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CRYSTAL LAKE / LOGIC MESS

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CRYSTAL LAKE is a progressive metal band originating from Poland. They were formed in 2003 as a five-piece progressive metal outfit. They have released one album titled Safe in 2009. This is a very impressive debut album, coming from a band I hope to see more from in the future! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Approved by the team of progressive metal collaborators.

-Written by Jeff Ballew

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2.32 | 6 ratings
Safe
2009
3.22 | 8 ratings
Element Of The Grid
2012

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 Element Of The Grid by CRYSTAL LAKE / LOGIC MESS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.22 | 8 ratings

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Element Of The Grid
Crystal Lake / Logic Mess Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Logic Mess originally operated under the name Crystal Lake under which name they released their debut album 'Safe' in 2009. However, a line-up change altered the sound of the band so much that they decided to start afresh, so here is their second 'debut' album (if that makes sense, and it probably doesn't to be fair). Marcin Gawelek (guitar), Lukasz Bienkowski (bass) and Piotr Wypych (keyboards) were joined by Krzysztof Owsiak (vocals) and Piotr Majka (drums) to come up with the new sound, with the band becoming heavier, while the way that they use synths has also brought in a new texture to what they are doing. This is definitely apparent on "The Guards of Integration" where in some of the sections they become Poisoned Electrick Head, no mean feat.

This is a concept album, but it is probably best not to take it too seriously as the scene setting is a little clumsy to say the least, and saying the word "bucks" when referring to dollars just doesn't work in a Polish accent, honest. But, there is a lot of potential here and when they cut loose and go for it they really do hit the ground running. Obviously influenced by Dream Theater, the songs tend to be shorter with a good heavy edge and loads of melody. This is easily one of the best albums I have heard out of Poland in recent years, and while the concept may not be the most original and the voiceovers can be a little painful, this is something I really enjoyed. A solid effort indeed, and I look forweard to the follow-up with interest. Their site is available in English, www.logicmess.com

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 Safe by CRYSTAL LAKE / LOGIC MESS album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.32 | 6 ratings

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Safe
Crystal Lake / Logic Mess Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
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2 stars A Mixed Bag

The debut album from young Polish progressive rock/metal band Crystal Lake is a pretty mixed affair. On one hand you have some solid compositions, but on the other hand you have pretty poor execution in terms of musicianship and production. Crystal Lake's potential is only hinted throughout Safe, but I think that with time, Crystal Lake can release a much better album.

Let's start with the positive aspects of this album. The best part of Safe is definitely the songwriting. There are some really memorable melodies on this album, and that really makes up for the album's glaring flaws. The vocals from Adam Plotnicki are pretty great, and I think he does a really nice job. His range isn't all that great, but his tone fits the music perfectly. Compositionally, this album is generally pretty good. Most of the songs have some weak transitions and forgettable moments, but generally this album has some good compositions. Even the weakest songs on the album (Way of Dream and Rose) have positive aspects compositionally.

Now onto the negative aspects of Safe. The biggest flaw on this album is the rather mediocre musicianship. The guitar playing from Marcin Gawalek and the keyboard playing from Piotr Wypych is pretty solid, but they never do anything too far out of the ordinary. Both of these musicians deserve some credit, though. Lukasz Bienkowski does a decent job on bass, but none of his basslines are that memorable. I wish he would have a little bit more variation with his playing style. The weakest link in Crystal Lake is the drumming from Krzysztof Grzelak. His drumming is really boring and uninteresting. Listen to the opening of Way of Dream if you want to know what I mean. Sometimes his rhythms don't match the beats of the song!

It's really a shame that the musicianship is this far under par. The songs are decent, but they are usually poorly executed. I often feel that this album is lacking in dynamics, and I believe that is why. The production quality is pretty muddy as well. This does not sound like a very professional recording. I've heard worse, but I think the production detracts from the overall quality of this album.

Conclusion:

Safe is a pretty mediocre debut album from Crystal Lake. It's really a shame that the final product of this album is so flawed. There are some really great moments on this album, but the muddy production and poor execution really mars the overall value of this debut. My rating will be a 2.5. I just can't go any higher than that with all of the flaws that this album possesses. My advice to this band is to spend some time before you make your next album to become more advanced on your respected instruments. You've got the talent, but now it's time to fully unleash it. I wish the band good luck in the future, but as for now, this is a pretty mediocre debut.

2 stars.

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