July 9, 2024

Cryo – The Fall Of Man (CD Album – Progress Productions)

🇺🇦 Side-Line stands with Ukraine - Show your Support

Genre/Influences: EBM.

Background/Info: It took five years for the Swedish duo Martin Rudefelt – Torny Gottberg (owner of Progress Production) to achieve the fifth album of Cryo. Two singles (cf. “Control” and “Sanitarium”) were released last year to announce “The Fall Of Man”.

Content: Cryo always has stood for an intelligent EBM-format. Cryo’s sound has something retro-like and yet with a progressive approach. Some sounds are clearly evoking Front 242 (especially the deep bass lines), but any further comparison stops here. Cryo has a very proper sound, which is danceable, full of effects, supported with cold spheres (“Decay Decay Decay” evokes to me ‘EBM made for “The X-Files”) and spooky, commanding vocals.

+ + + : If both previously released singles were already worthy of examination, there are much better songs featured here. It simply proves the potential of this album! It’s an intelligent and elaborated writing with a mysterious touch hanging over the songs and accentuated by the ghost-like vocals. But the solid and deep, vibrating bass lines plus danceable rhythms are there to remind us Cryo is first of all a progressive EBM-formation. This is a visionary release featuring outstanding sound treatments. Especially the first part of the work left me breathless. “Remember” and especially “Valium” both are outstanding pieces. 

– – – : “The Fall Of Man” features 10 songs and only the last 3 ones can’t convince me in the same way as the rest of the tracklist.

Conclusion: If Front 242 would have seen the light of day in 2019, they would maybe have released an album such as “The Fall Of Man”! Cryo stands for the modern vision of EBM and this new opus as a true reference in their discography! Respect guys!

Best songs: “Valium”, “Remember”, “Sanitarium”, “Control”, “Know Your Enemy”.

Rate: (9).

Artist: www.cryodome.com / www.facebook.com/cryosweden

Label: www.cryochamberlabel.comwww.facebook.com/CryoChamber

author avatar
Inferno Sound Diaries
I have been working for over 30 years with Side-line as the main reviewer. My taste is eclectic, uncoventional and I prefer to look for the pearls, even if the bands are completely unknown, thus staying loyal to the Side-Line philosophy of nurturing new talents.

Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can - and we refuse to add annoying advertising. So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

The donations are safely powered by Paypal.

Select a Donation Option (USD)

Enter Donation Amount (USD)

Verified by MonsterInsights