In the summer of 1995 Crystal Ball started out primarily as a cover band. Since then Crystal Ball has opened for many big rock acts like Gotthard, Victory, Bonfire, Pink Cream 69, Manfred Mann, Transit, Krokus, Jaded Heart, a. m.
In the spring of 1997 they got to present their first original song “Stand by Me” for the "biggest talk show German television. The single was made for promotional use only. The producer was none other than Angi Schillirô (Zero, ex-Kingdom Come, ex-China).
In March 1998 the band had the opportunity to write a championship-song for the international boxer “Stefan Angehrn” from Switzerland. The single “Eye to Eye” was produced by Tommy Newton in Hanover (Germany) and was released in September 1998.
During the summer of 1998 the band recorded their first full length CD at the Area 51 Studios in Hanover. Again they worked with Tommy Newton, who has worked with bands such as Helloween, Victory, Scorpions, Conception, Headcrash and Elegy. In a period of ten weeks they recorded an album featuring a wide variety of hard-rock styles on ten tracks. It’s Called: „In the Beginning.
In November 1998 Crystal Ball got signed by Zero Corporation from Japan, who released the album all over Asia in February 1999.The Japanese-edition featured the bonus-track: „Silence of the night“. Their song „Fire still burns“ was played in Koh Sakais: „Heavy Metal Syndicate“. This was followed by an interview in „Burrn!“ magazine. Due to business issues Zero Corporation had to stop its business, and the CD was withdrawn from the market. It was re-released by Toshiba-EMI in September 1999.
Point Music from Germany released the album for Europe in April 1999. Just after making the video to “Me and You”, Crystal Ball started touring in Switzerland and Germany. They got good album- and live-reviews in important magazines all over Europe like: Breakout, Metal Hammer, Metal Heart, Powerplay and so on. In autumn 1999 they supported Krokus on their Swiss-tour and played even more shows in Germany.
From May to July 2000, the band recorded their 2nd album “ Hard Impact ”, again with Tommy Newton. The bonus-track “Goodbye Hero” is exclusively on Japanese edition. “ Hard Impact ” was released on October 23rd in Europe by Point Music. Just in the first week after the release the album went into the Swiss Top 100. A video featuring “Queen of the night” has been produced, and they did a german/swiss support tour with Pretty Maids in February 2001. The new album makes clear, that the hopes in Crystal Ball are even surpassed by “ Hard Impact ”. The less polished sound combined with improved songwriting, saves the eighties-rock and takes it to the 21st century. The reviews from German Hardrock-magazines are amazing.