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Since the 1980s, Helsinki heavy metal scene has spawned numerous Finnish heavy metal acts that have since reached a cult status not merely in Finland but internationally as well. Each year dozens of new bands following the footsteps of such legends as Stratovarius and Children of Bodom emerge, while most likely as many split up and fade unknown into the depths of history. However, one of the rising bands that might just reach the cult status of its predecessors is Crystal Blaze, a high energy Helsinki based metal band.

The finest elements of metal - soaring guitar leads and punchy rhythm guitars, thunderous drums, uplifting emotional vocals, ethereal keyboards and roaring in-your-face bass - are the core of Crystal Blaze. Though power metal is the genre Crystal Blaze would be easiest to fit in, the band does not let any kind of genre definitions and concepts limit their creativity. Saying that Crystal Blaze is a stereotypic power metal band would do no justice to the multilayered elements of the band´s music as one can hear elements of, for example, trash metal, straightforward hard rock as well as progressive metal throughout the spectrum of the band´s songs.

The story of Crystal Blaze goes way back to year 1995 when the first lineup of the band to be evolved into Crystal Blaze was formed. The current lineup started to take shape in 2001 when keyboardist Lari Sorvo and guitarist Lauri Koskenniemi joined the band, then known as Guardian Force. The group released one demo under this name (Land of Magic, 2002) and the style of the band´s music at that time was rather straightforward power metal.

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