Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Symphonic Rock
Release date: 21 November, 2014
Playing time: 49:14

Let me tell you there is band out there for all the Evanescence, Delain or Within Temptation fans you surely haven't heard about. Denmark's symphonic rockers Cryoshell have been around for a couple of years already. Their debut "Cryoshell" isn't particularly a new record. The Danish already released the album back 2010 via their own label. The full-length record is set to be re-issued on 21 November this year and here's what you can expect from it.

Although some reviewers criticize Cryoshell for carrying a very similar style to Evanescence' nu-metal style with gothic rock influences, I think the Danish band sounds more grown-up. Indeed, to mention one example, the piano intro, the overall beat and the rap on "Creeping In My Soul" very clearly have resemblance to Evanescence-songs (it sounds a bit like a mix of the hit "Bring Me To Life" and "Away From Me" from the Origin EP), but in contrast to Evanescence, Cryoshell's music isn't designed to catch the listener with hook over hook from the first second but to let him discover the beauty of their music. The album needs some passes and it develops with every new listen. Other than that, Evanescence' songs go in very obvious directions, be it the over-emotional or heavier side, for example "My Immortal", the go-to piano ballad for the heartbroken since over ten years now. Cryoshell's songs sound more diversified and universal. If one gets interested after the first listen, he will find many more elements he will be pleased by after some time and new passes.

The most dashy element of "Cryoshell" is the vocal work done by singer Christine Lorentzen, who very obviously doesn't sound like Amy Lee - she has a very unique voice. Having said that, the tone of her voice reminds me of Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish), which isn't a bad thing at all. Overall, it's very pleasant to hear a female singer who isn't all about belting out high notes all the time (By that, I mean very high notes, above F5 I'd say, there are some significant high notes on the album, though.) but about singing what suits best for her voice and being confident about her singing. Charlotte Wessels (Delain) came to my mind while writing this. She and Christine are two of the very few singers who seem to actually sing what and how they want to. I'm particular about female singers, but I have to admit Christine Lorentzen is doing a great job on the debut and contributes a lot to Cryoshell's style.

To sum up, "Cryoshell" is a relatively strong and diverse debut I enjoyed listening to. Let's hope the band will be continuing writing good music in the future.

01. Creeping In My Soul
Bye Bye Babylon
Closer To The Truth
The Room
Come To My Heaven
No More Words
Gravity Hurts (bonus CD-single)
12. Break Out (bonus  CD-single)
Label: The Leaders Group
Promotion: Gordeon PR
Artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Cristina Somcutean
Date: 14 November, 2014
Website: Cryoshell @ Facebook