From: Helsinki, Finland
Last Known Status: Active
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CRYSTAL BLAZE has issued the following update:
"Hello dear friends and fans! As you may have noticed, things have been pretty quiet with the band lately and the reason for this is that, as a band and as individuals, we have been during the last couple of months going through a highly introvertical process of analyzing and discussing what we really want of our band, our music and - even at the risk of sounding metaphysical here - our lives as well. As a result of this process, we have come to the conclusion that, at the moment, there are such discrepancies between our aims that for now, striving towards a mutual goal as a band would probably yeild to conflicts rather than to the good and fair working spirit we have now and therefore we have come to the conclusion that under these circumstances, the right thing to do is to put Crystal Blaze on hold for now and move on pursuing our musical goals in other projects.
"We can assure you that this decision was made in the best of spirit within the whole band and that there is absolutely no bad blood whatsoever involved in the decision. We simply feel that taking a break of non-predetermined length from all this is the best way to go and we want to do it now while we are still having a blast doing all this before any bad blood has a chance to boil up. Maybe we will be back after some while or maybe not, not even we can tell you, but we do not want close any doors behind us and that is the reason why we do not want to split up the band as it is now for good. Just for now, we will go our separate ways and the future shows what it holds for Crystal Blaze.
"We would like to thank each and everyone of you who has listened to our music, showed up in our concerts, shared the stage with us or supported us in any way along this road! Maybe we will catch up with you again one day!
"Mikael, Max, Lari, Lauri, Eerik & Juhana
"As for the fans of our music, we can tell you that there is no need to sink into despair yet! The plans of a band featuring many familiar faces from Crystal Blaze are already well afoot and you can be sure that the project will carry on the Crystal Blaze -legacy with a strong sense of pride of its roots! The name, final line-up and exact genre of the group are still under discussion. More info on this project coming to this same website in the nearest future so stay tuned, folks!"
Finnish "Wacken Metal Battle 2007" winners CRYSTAL BLAZE have announced the addition of longtime friend, Juhana "Juffi" Karlsson from AMORAL, as their new drummer. According to a press release, "Juffi performed with the band in Qstock (Oulu, Finland) 2007 and Wacken Open Air 2007, as well as recorded drums for the band's latest release, 'Beneath the Sands'. Apart from having a perfectly fitting personality for the CRYSTAL BLAZE crew, Juffi's versatile drum playing has improved the band's groove and technical expertise and expanded the band's sonic landscape to a new level."
In other news, CRYSTAL BLAZE has made four new tracks available for download from the band's official web site. "The new four-song release called 'Beneath the Sands' with its four rockin', ass-kickin' 'n' earth-shakin' tracks introduces a much heavier, groovier and more progressive side of CRYSTAL BLAZE as a deviation from the band's earlier power metal approach," according to a press release.
Future plans for CRYSTAL BLAZE include gigging and composing material for a full-length CD.