Crystal Gates: All trademarks from the genre are present but not overdone in a cliché driven manner.

Crystal Gates - Torment & Wonder: The Ways Of The Lonely Ones.

Female-fronted symphonic/power metal band Crystal Gates have signed a deal with Wormholedeath for their album Torment & Wonder: The Ways Of The Lonely Ones, which will be released on July 29th, 2022 via Wormholedeath worldwide.

Torment & Wonder: The Ways Of The Lonely Ones” is Crystal Gates’ long-awaited first full-length album. A perfect successor to their previous Shadowborn (single) and A Quest For Life EP, this new work delivers 50+ minutes of Crystal Gates’ best compositions and most ambitious production to this date.

All trademarks from the genre are present but not overdone in a cliché driven manner. Accomplished through refreshing melodies and optimistic vibes, the album features fast power metal songs, mid-tempo catchy sing-along tunes, a beautiful ballad, some progressive-inspired passages, and a closing 12-minute epic that goes through all of it in one brave and colorful sonic adventure.

Beyond the music itself, the human endeavor of the search for meaning is touched upon in the lyrics from the perspective of different characters, exploring their loneliness and finding of solace in brief instants of clarity and awe. Join Crystal Gates in the never-ending journey through life itself: an alluring sequence of moments filled with Torment and Wonder. Crystal Gates with signing announcement video,

Crystal Gates is a Latvia-based symphonic power metal band formed in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2013 by Benjamín Machín and Carolina Pérez. After two years of writing, arranging, and recording, the duo released their first studio work, the six-song E A Quest For Life in 2015. Recorded and mixed at Molecula Studios in Montevideo, and mastered by Mika Jussila at the legendary Finnvox studios, in Finland, the album was very well received by the public and specialized press.

On the year of the release, Crystal Gates became a full band and played multiple shows in Uruguay and Argentina. 2015 concluded with great news for the band, winning the Best National Album, Best National Cover Artwork and Best National Female Voice  awards in a national metal-specialized poll hosted by the prominent Uruguayan metal producer El Lado Oscuro.

The single Shadowborn followed in 2017, bringing more international attention to the band, and the opportunity to play bigger shows and festivals now also in Perú and Argentina, sharing the stage with bands like Epica, Xandria, Masterplan, Anneke Van Giersbergen’s The Gentle Storm, Blackoustic, The Agonist and Fates Warning.

Now, after working hard through challenging times, the band has finished their first full-length album: Torment & Wonder: The Ways Of The Lonely Ones, their most ambitious effort to date. With bigger production, four video singles, an epic twelve-minute closing track, and the participation of renowned artists like Sebastian Seeb Levermann (mixing and mastering), Elisa C. Martin (backing vocals and arrangements), and Stan W. Decker (artwork), Torment & Wonder’ promises a bright future.

 The band also aims at new horizons by having Benjamín now settled in north-eastern Europe. Having recently signed a management and booking contract with Riga-based THP Production and a distribution deal with Italian WormHoleDeath Records, the first steps of a new chapter in their quest for global reach have already been firmly taken.

Line up:

Benjamín Machín – Guitars

Carolina Pérez – Vocals

Guillermo Albano – Bass

Gastón Lorenzo – Drums

Juan José Leyton – Keyboards

Track List:

1. The Ways Of The Lonely Ones

2. My Glorious Fall

3. Alive For The Journey

4. A Lonely Dreamer’s Wish

5. The Stars Temple

6. Moonshine & Sorrow

7. Winter Ghost

8. Nightmares

9. Soul Of Rain

10. Torment & Wonder


About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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