Thundering Records / Manitou Music / Twilight
Crystalic is a competent, aggressive, Finnish metal band with a feeling for melody.
Toni Tieaho founded Crystalic in 1998. The band made one demo “Stormwalker” and it was more dark metal vein in those days. Band faded into non-existence in 1999. Toni joined a death metal band called The Prophecy in 2000. Band made three demos with several musicians. Band´s third demo “Mystical Existence” introduced forthcoming Crystalic line-up with Jarno, Toni, Arto and Matti Johansson (Korpiklaani). Soon after demo recordings The Prophecy disbanded. It was Matti´s band and other guys wanted to concentrate into more progressive metal than The Prophecy was.
Jarno, Toni and Arto started jamming with their friends Janne Juutinen (drums) and Niko Rauhala (guitar) in 2002. Toni came up with the idea to name the band after Crystalic and they made one demo called “Revitalized”. Janne and Niko wanted to concentrate 100% into their other band Masterstroke and both left Crystalic. Crystalic started desperately seeking for a proper drummer, who could be able to play very technical stuff. It was harder than they imagined.
In the year 2003 Matti Johansson the drummer made a comeback, and the band now started wholeheartedly to rehearse the material. Eventually Crystalic completed the “Redemption” demo in July, 2004. Again demo got great reviews but no record deal was signed though one label showed interest and offered a deal. In the summer of 2005 Matti decided to leave Crystalic, because of his other band Korpiklaani.
Again the same situation, no drummer. This time the search process was much easier. Timo Hanhijoki wanted to join Crystalic. Guys knew he is a young talented musician and a perfect choice to fill the drummer´s post. At the same time band decided to try out second guitarist to bring out all the melodies and guitar parts in the live performance. Old friend Erik Grönroos was an obvious choice for that task.
Crystalic rehearsed hard for a four months and recorded “Carnival Of Flesh” promotional cd in December, 2005. A few label showed interest and finally Crystalic inked a deal with French Thundering/Manitou Records.
Defiance of Supremacy
Dead Cold Emotion