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Review: Cryonic Temple - Into the Glorious Battle
Cryonic Temple
Into the Glorious Battle

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 61:36
Tracks: 14
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: March 28, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Into the Glorious Battle

Rated 2.2/5 (44%) (10 Votes)

Cryonic Temple had a surprisingly short run. They came out with the mostly-overlooked Chapter One in 2002, then produced the killer Blood, Guts & Glory in 2003, which was their real breakout album. Then they followed up with In Thy Power in 2005, which was also a kickass disc. Then they flushed it away with Immortal in 2008, a shit album that featured a new, shitty vocalist and songs that were distillations of shit into more shit. So, in just six years they went from good to great to horrible, and then they were gone and I was pretty sure that was it.

But now, almost a decade after Immortal's terrible power/core groove garbage, Cryonic Temple are back with a new album that may not be a return to form, but is at least a fucking metal album. Sadly, former vocalist Glen Metal is still absent, and the band has a new singer in newcomer Mathias L, who has a really undistinguished voice that does nothing to uplift or elevate these tunes, but at least he doesn't suck. Overall, this album shows Cryonic Temple moving away from the crunchy, Grave Digger style of heavy/power metal they used to play for a much more symphonic/melodic style. Guitarist Esa Ahonen remains a standout performer, with a great ear for leads, but the songwriting on this disc remains highly pedestrian.

This really sounds like the state of the art of Power Metal from like 15 years ago, with a heavy use of keys, a lack of crunch in the guitars, and singsongey choruses that remind me of the early works of bands like Power Quest or Freedom Call: sweet, bouncy, and forgettable. There is very little evidence of the badass band that ripped out tunes like "Mercenaries of Metal" or "Beast Slayer". Here and there you get a good tune, as on "Mighty Eagle", or the crunchier attack of "Mean Streak" and "Can't Stop the Heat", but too much of this album is too weak and flowery, without the traditional metal punch that was this band's trademark. This is certainly better than their last album, but sounds almost nothing like their old albums that were actually good.

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