Vengeance – “Crystal Eye”

Vengeance – “Crystal Eye” (Steamhammer/SPV)

It’s hard to believe that after 30 long, hard years cult Dutch band Vengeance are still going – and amazingly still fronted by semi legendary vocalist (and now sole survivor) Leon Goewie. After being discovered in 1983 and catapulted into fame, Vengeance sadly never broke out of their native Holland, and as the years went by with missed opportunities, they finally went into hibernation. Even a reunion in 1997 turned out to be short lived as Goewie departed soon after, apparently without a trace. Fast forward to today and Vengeance is once again upon us – and along with Goewie is an all star line-up with veteran bassist Chris Glenn (Alex Harvey Band, MSG), guitarist Keri Kelli (ex-Alice Cooper) and drummer Chris Slade (ex-AC/DC) in his ranks! With renowned producer Michael Voss (Mad Max, ex Vengeance) in collaboration with
Goewie on the material, musically it draws from the length of the band’s career from the Leppardesque stadium rock of ‘Barbeque’ to the LA hard n sleeze of ‘Desperate Women’ to the awesome epic power metal title track ‘Crystal Eye’. All in all it’s a package that does Goewie justice at last, allowing him to showcase his excellent and versatile rock vocals. 30 years is a long time, and Goewie has had that time to ponder on the band’s ups and downs, dedicating the final track to guitarist Jan Somers who recently passed away. Whatever the case, “Crystal Eye” shows he has come out a better man, and earned his right to a second chance.

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