“Cryogenic” is musically a sort of “best of EBM”, because there are all kinds of it present. Fast bass lines here, a slow and menacing song there, a more melodic track over there.
The influence of Front 242 can be heard clearly, but cast in a modern form. Martin Rudefelt, the Swede behind Cryo obviously knows how to treat his synthesizers well; it shows both in the sneaky “In the Shadows” and the raging “Vengeance” – the best tracks on here. These two are superb, but the album also contains gems such as the hypnotic and metallic “Machine”, the moody “Does it Hurt” and the vocoder explosion that is “Want it”.
This is some good shit, ladies and gentlemen. And it’s a debut album, no less! It’s going to be interesting to follow Martin’s future output, with a mature recording like this already under his belt.
My only gripe is that he’s turned the treble knob a bit too far up, but that’s a minor thing. "Cryogenic" still has my seal of approval.
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