Crimson Chrysalis

Please enable images to see artist photoTwo years after the release of their critically acclaimed album, “Crimson passion cry”, South African Symphonic rock band Crimson Chrysalis returns with “Enraptured”. Featuring eleven original tracks and a CC-rendition of the 80’s Alice Cooper hit “Poison”, “Enraptured” may very well be the defining moment in Crimson Chrysalis’ musical career.

“Although there are various musical influences on the album, we again did not write to fit into a specific genre. We just wrote what felt and sounded good to us. When I compose the music of a song, the lyric determines where the song will go musically” (Rene van den Berg). “Enraptured” is as diverse as their debut album, but the golden Crimson Chrysalis thread still runs through it.

A central theme on the album is grace. We wanted an album title that reflects grace, not only in our lives and music, but also displays something of our infinite wonder of grace all around us. “Enraptured” seemed a natural choice, not only because it describes our own intimate relationship with the music, but with the rhythm of life as well.

The same creators that were responsible for “Crimson passion cry” created “Enraptured”. Rene still fronts the band and composes the music, while Esther Slabbert again wrote all the lyrics of the songs. “Conceptually we wrote a better album, because I knew exactly what I wanted to write” (Esther Slabbert). The production is enormous, but brilliantly engineered to a rich, velvet tapestry of sound. The powerful, wall-of-sound music Crimson Chrysalis is known for, are even bigger this time around. Enlarging their live string ensemble, and adding live brass, they managed to up their game to the next level.

The last track on the album is a cover version of the Alice Cooper hit, “Poison”. “Our management suggested that I cover a song 20-odd plus years old. It was important to us to choose something that will naturally slot into the CC sound. The idea was not to simply redo the song, but rather to CC the song completely (Rene van den Berg).

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