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Cryonic Temple - In Thy Power - 2005 - Limb Music

Track Listing
1. The Sleep of The Innocent
2. When Hell Freezes Over
3. In Thy Power
4. Travellers in Time
5. Beast Slayer
6. Wolfcry
7. Mr Gold
8. A Soldier's Tale
9. Shark Attack
10. Rapid Fire
11. Eternal Flames of Metal
Sweden's brand of heavy metal fire is forged again, this time with headhunters Cryonic Temple riding out and riding forth, this time in full battle mode with a raging speedfest entitled "In Thy Power". Limb Music continues to be the leader in quality, flashy Euro metal and Cryonic Temple is one of the bands who has helped push Limb into the mainstream community. With their 2003 release "Blood, Guts, & Glory", these power metal newcomers established a global relationship with headbangers, seeing domestic release through giant SPV as well as hitting all of the smaller markets through Limb. With bands like Rising Faith, Black Majesty, and Dungeon in tow this Euro label has managed to succeed with a glossy roster of power metal warriors.

"In Thy Power" is going to appeal to just about every power metal fan out there, but I really don't think it has enough depth to branch off and pick up any new listeners. Most power metal fans have heard this band and many will pick this record up. But for the most part this isn't the type of record to break down any walls or shake any foundations. There is a core audience that this caters to and the band puts all of the right touches on this record to please that particular audience. It works well and the end result is a riveting exercise in Teutonic power metal, sort of like a fine cross between Hammerfall and Grave Digger.

Favorite cuts for me are the galloping opener "When Hell Freezes Over", the catchy quick paced "Travellers In Time", and the Scorpions undertone of "Wolfcry".


--EC 09.02.05


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Blood, Guts, & GloryCryonic Temple
2003
Eric Compton5/12/2004
In Thy PowerCryonic Temple
2005
Eric Compton9/15/2005


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