|Review: Cryonic Temple - Blood, Guts And Glory|
|Blood, Guts And Glory|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: April 5, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Blood, Guts And Glory
Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)
I missed Cryonic Temple's first CD, so when I heard good things about this one I knew I wanted to hear some of it. Well one listen to "Swords And Diamonds" was enough to sell me on this album, and heck, that isn't even my favorite song on this disc.
Cryonic Temple pretty much perfectly straddle the line between "True" metal like Paragon, Wizard or Manowar and Power Metal like Helloween or Iron Maiden. Rather than get caught up in genre nitpicking, I'd rather talk about the amount of ass kicked by this album, which is a considerable amount. CT keep the hammers down and never stop from start to finish. You get no ballads, no wussy 'peace and happiness' lyrics, and a minimum of keyboard activity. What you do get is crunching, careening METAL that blisters with speed and singable hooks. Ok, they do start off with the Standard Keyboard Boring Intro Track, but then "Mercenaries Of Metal" comes hammering out and your head will start to bang.
There are no bad tracks on here, and that is a remarkable feat just by itself. If I were to name favorites, I would be listing half the tracklist. I do have to mention "The Midas Touch (Samurai)" as perhaps my favorite, but this is the sort of CD where whatever track is playing right now is the best one. Even when Cryonic Temple slow down a little, as on "The Story of the Sword" or "Long Live The Warriors" they still keep the riffs and catchy vocal lines coming nonstop.
The package is really first rate, with awesome cover art by the great Marc Sasso and cool design inside. The band pics are a little silly, with the metal armbands and such, but nowhere near as stupid as Manowar. They aren't going to win any awards with their lyrics, but they have Wizard beat. The production is stellar, with a crispety-crunchety tone that polishes the music to a steely sheen. Another cool thing: no useless cover songs or sucky 'bonus tracks'.
So this is a very derivative, but also a massively entertaining album. For power metal fans this is a must-have, no question. Cryonic Temple are not quite as good as a lot of their influences, but they have successfully melded those influences into a molten steel slab of first-rate metal. Get this one, trust me. It doesn't break any new ground at all, but it's still a treat.
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