|Crystal Ball is a very talented band that comes from Switcherland. The fans of hard rock/melodic metal will like very much the new album of the band "Virtual Empire". The frontman of the band Mark told us...|
a good album you have just released! Tell us all the latest news from
the band. How was the tour with Dokken?
a lot! Well, the tour with Dokken was just fantastic and we got a lot of
new fans! Especially in countries like Hungary or Belgium we toured for
the first time and the people were amazed from our music! Don was very
cool and gave us all we wanted (except money,ha,ha...)! We gonna play
some festivals in summer and then we'll tour again in autumn with
another famous band (don't know who yet)!
you tell us any remarkable or funny fact that happened during the
recordings of the album?
not really...I guess we're too serious and we worked very hard every
day. Ok, once we were going carting and it was a lot of fun. But
unfortunately there was no accident or something like that...ha,ha...
do the lyrics talk about and who writes them? Is "Virtual
Empire" a concept album? And did you call the album "Virtual
it's definitely NO concept album, even when it seems like! Ok, there's a
"red line" all over the cd but all lyrics are different and
personally. I share to write the words with Scott because he speaks very
good English. Virtual Empire is trendy because of all kids are sitting
behind the computer and they create their own world! No more personally
contact out of their rooms...
kinds of music do you like most to listen to? Which bands inspired you
all those years and which continue to do so?
like all hard rock-and metal bands with melodies and a good singer. Most
are your favorite singers and from whom you have been influenced most?
never was influenced by someone! But I like singers like Mike Matjevic
the metal scene in Switzerland? Can
you introduce us any new unknown
bands? No, sorry, not really! Ok, there are some good bands I would say
Pure Yeast is not so bad and they have a good singer! They're quite
professional and I think they could get it! Otherwise the newcomer bands
don't have the power and the will to really get on the top! And it's
very hard indeed! Even we have all another job, because Switzerland is
very expensive to life!
would you describe the sound of Crystal Ball to those that haven't heard
you before? I have noticed many influences from the hard rock/melodic
metal scene of 80's. Do you agree with that point and tell me what is
that makes your music so special?
I absolutely agree! But we all have other "heros" then, so
Scott like Dokken, Malmsteen and Queensryche, Tom (Keys) is a big
Beatles fan and I like the faster-melodic-double-bass-bands like
Helloween or Stratovarius. So this gives a good mixture and in the end
did you get your name as a band?
were looking for a name with a remaining character! You also can look in
the future or even in the past! So you have a lot of possibilities for
songs, cover artworks and stuff! No big deal though! But it works :o)
now we go on with the "Weird Questions"!!!. If your wife were
selling your half album-collection just to buy for her a good and
expensive ring how would you react?
would kill her ha,ha...! No, seriously, I never will get married, that's
for sure! But if a girlfriend would do this I would put this fucking
ring in her ass! (Interviewers note: That's a very good reaction!!!)
Aliens kidnapped you and you were forced to give them 3 albums of Metal
music so they could finally discover why that kind of music is so
genius, powerful and divine, which ones you would choose to give them?
Of course one cd of Crystal Ball, Visions from Stratovarius (because I
love this album) and maybe Steelheart because that's real Rock ‘n’
you wanted to make someone to totally freak out and stop dealing with
rock and metal music no more, which 3 albums would you choose to give
him and why?
death - metal stuff, I don't know! I think this kind of music is really
weird (at least for me)!
Mark, we wish you the best for that album. The last words of this
interview belong to you.
a lot for all and thanx to all readers buy our album and come to a