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I originally said the Kreyson were a German band, but I stand corrected. Kreyson are a speed metal band from the Czech Republic that incorporate classic heavy metal and neo-classical elements with Christian based lyrics. The band was formed by vocalist Lans Kreyson (real name: Ladislav Krizek). Besides the two releases that I have, there were a few others that were only released in the Czech Republic.

Angel on the Run Kreyson-Angel on the Run (Flametrader)

1. "Kreyson" (4:05)
2. "Skalp" (3:11)
3. "Deep In The Night" (4:29)
4. "No Blue Skies" (4:15)
5. "Faraway" (4:22)
6. "Angel on the Run" (3:07)
7. "Dreamin'" (3:59)
8. "Golden Ark" (3:34)
9. "I Need You" (5:48)
10. "Fade Out" (3:14)

Co-produced by Kreyson and Running Wild's Rock 'n' Rolf, this is another fine heavy metal release with neo-classical influences, not unlike Helloween, Blind Guardian, Seventh Avenue or Running Wild. Although this band comes from the Chez Republic they were released only in Japan and Germany. Why is it Germany has all the cool speed metal? There is a superior Japanese version of this album with better cover art, a full booklet with lyrics and better mastering, but it is virtually impossible to find. I got this copy in a trade with a Japanese cd trader. I was somewhat disappointed when it arrived and it was the German version with no lyrics and the weaker mastering. Still, a good listen from beginning to end.

Crusader Kreyson-Crusaders (Victor)

1. "Pilgrimage" -instrumental (2:47)
2. "Crusaders" (5:15)
3. "Commandments" (3:41)
4. "No Bad Thing" (4:22)
5. "Still" (4:03)
6. "Stay A Moment" (3:43)
7. "Forgiveness" (3:23)
8. "Cries" (4:56)
9. "Give Me Hope" (3:21)
10. "The Prisoner" (4:17)
11. "Kreyson" (CS Words Version) (4:10)

Kreyson's second release is tighter and better produced than "Angel on the Run," but it is also a bit slower. Rather than speed metal, I would probably label this one as power metal. My copy is a Japanese release on RCA/Victor, so the mastering is excellent. I have heard that other versions of this have inferior mastering. Also came with one of those nifty booklets with all the lyrics in Japanese and an obi strip.

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