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Review: Cryonic Temple - Deliverance
Cryonic Temple

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 1:02:42
Tracks: 14
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: August 19, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.17/5 (63.33%) (6 Votes)

Hoo boy. Few bands have gone off the rails harder than this one, with the horrible Immortal back in 2008—an album so bad it killed the band for almost a decade. Last year they released Into the Glorious Battle, which was at least adequate, if nothing like their classic albums. Now we have their second step into their new era, and it sees them going farther in the direction of the last one, away from the sound that people actually liked.

Again, this album mines a strike of old-fashioned Euro Power Metal from the early 2000s, with singsongey vocal lines and tepid melodies. The songwriting is highly focused on keys and a more symphonic sound rather than the hard-assed guitar chugging this band used to produce. Here and there the guitars get turned up for a riff or a lead, but it is always an accent, never the meat of the song. Vocalist Mattias Lilja is a problem, as while he has a smooth tone and good inflection, he doesn’t have much range, and all his vocal lines have an essential sameness and blandness to them.

In fact, "bland" would be a good word for this album. The production is flat, the mix is uninteresting, calling attention to nothing over anything else. The songwriting is safe and boring, with soggy melodies and a feel of bagginess the band cannot seem to overcome. Nobody involved in making this album sounds even the least bit excited about it. They sound bored, and you’ll be bored too.

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