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Cryonic Temple - 2002 Chapter 1

ARTIST: Cryonic Temple
ALBUM: Chapter 1
LABEL: Underground Symphony (Italy)
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Johan Johansson - vocals, guitars * Esa T. Ahonen - guitars * Leif Collin - guitars * Janne S”derlund - keyboards * Jan J. Cederlund - bass * Sebastian Olsson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heavy Metal Never Dies * 02 Metal Brothers * 03 Warsong * 04 The Gatekeeper * 05 Rivers Of Pain * 06 King Of Transylvania * 07 Steel Against Steel * 08 Mighty Warrior * 09 Over And Over


From the dim dark days of power metal heaven comes Swedish exponents of said genre.. Cryonic Temple. Despite being part of a rather saturated scene back in the early part of the decade, I kinda like these guys. They strike a sword in the same manner as Manowar (just check out the lyrics for starters!), but come across as slightly gonzo as well, so fans of Motorhead and Running Wild might get a kick out of this. Yep, it's all Viking kick ass metal, galloping across the tundra on trusty steed with wielding sword. You get the picture right? Well if you don't, just check out the cover. Many other bands tried this formula too, but I thought Cryonic Temple did it slightly better than the rest of a crowded field. In operation since 1996, the band released a series of demos between 1997 and 2000, they were eventually signed by Underground Symphony Records out of Italy, 'Chapter 1' being their debut.

The Songs
Your IQ won't be severely tested by listening to 'Chapter 1', and if you were bought up on a diet of Heavy Metal circa 1984, then you'll be in good company then. It's all furry coverings, leather loin cloths and an array of metallic bling as these Swedes proclaim that 'Heavy Metal Never Dies' in their own bruising, but melodic way. Galloping across the wasteland with sword in hand, 'Metal Brothers' fight side by side, brothers of steel. 'Warsong' is an anthemic assault on your senses, as is the immense 'The Gatekeeper', a 6 minute plus epic with the metronome set to sub-warp speed. Things transmute to Dragonforce like speed on 'King Of Transylvania'. The very melodic 'Steel Against Steel' is likeable, not unlike Saxon at their best, and where 'Mighty Warrior' tries to wear out the rim on the constantly turning wheel of fire, 'Over And Over' is a much more tastier slice of metal, and at a far more palatable tempo too. Good track..

In Summary
Yep, it's all metal at this temple. The band have yet to understand what a ballad or a mid-paced track is all about, and one would hope they discovered this on future albums - where they signed with German label Limb Music Products. A likeable outfit, if a little one or two dimensional in approach. Not the worst power metal band out there..

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