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"Locals Only (Album Review)"

On the best recordings, lyrics, vocals and music are all first-rate -- but CDs that fail to score in each category shouldn't automatically be dismissed as losers. Take Premonition, Cryogen's heavily metallic debut. Although the disc is only one for three from the plate, the hit is pretty damn solid.
Singer/guitarist Ryan Conner isn't a bad bellower, but he's a fairly generic one; there's not much difference between his death voice and those of many other fire-breathers. Likewise, lyrics such as "My whole existence revolves around/A pointless, non-winning fight" (from "No Choice") don't exactly drip with unique insight. Fortunately, the music thrust out by Conner, guitarist Brian Sawyer, bassist Matt Lyon and drummer Matt Benson offsets these weaknesses. "Awakening" and the rest are unexpectedly multi-faceted, thanks to brutal playing and arrangements that are simultaneously complex and powerful.

Premonition doesn't clear the bases. But as anyone in the majors can attest, a .333 batting average ain't bad.

-Michael Roberts - WESTWORD (11/3/05 issue)


"Editor's Pick"

"Premonition" is editor's pick in the Speed/Thrash metal category. - CDBaby.com


"Locals Only (Album Review)"

On the best recordings, lyrics, vocals and music are all first-rate -- but CDs that fail to score in each category shouldn't automatically be dismissed as losers. Take Premonition, Cryogen's heavily metallic debut. Although the disc is only one for three from the plate, the hit is pretty damn solid.
Singer/guitarist Ryan Conner isn't a bad bellower, but he's a fairly generic one; there's not much difference between his death voice and those of many other fire-breathers. Likewise, lyrics such as "My whole existence revolves around/A pointless, non-winning fight" (from "No Choice") don't exactly drip with unique insight. Fortunately, the music thrust out by Conner, guitarist Brian Sawyer, bassist Matt Lyon and drummer Matt Benson offsets these weaknesses. "Awakening" and the rest are unexpectedly multi-faceted, thanks to brutal playing and arrangements that are simultaneously complex and powerful.

Premonition doesn't clear the bases. But as anyone in the majors can attest, a .333 batting average ain't bad.

-Michael Roberts - WESTWORD (11/3/05 issue)


""Premonition" Album Review"

As soon as the intro “Awakening” finishes and Cryogen launch into the meat of their ten-song album Premonition , it’s almost immediately obvious that this Denver-based quartet are totally business-oriented. Favoring the older-school Amott style riffing (think Heartwork or Black Earth), with the occasional latter day Death nod for technicality, and some excellently rasped death vocals, these guys lay down a whole disc of very worthy Euro style death/thrash. Cryogen’s songwriting ability is very strong, as every riff is infectious, devastating and crisply played atop a compelling rhythm section. Moreover, the band even fearlessly tackles slower tempo tracks in style, making them somewhat anthemic and very headbangable. The two small criticisms I’ve found for Premonition are that the production isn’t very full, and on a number of songs Cryogen tend to overplay their best riffs. For this band, slick warm, organic production would greatly benefit their sound, as well as allow them to work more with melodies. This would in turn allow them to break away from the song’s central riff a little more often, and give the album the ability to stand up better to multiple spins. Overall, though, Premonition is a very strong start and it will surely have me looking out for Cryogen’s future efforts.
- Peter Johnston - www.deadtide.com


"#1 Death Metal Album"

Mp3tunes.com, an online digital music distributor, has ranked "Premonition" as the top death metal album on its site. - mp3tunes.com


""Premonition" Album Review"

As soon as the intro “Awakening” finishes and Cryogen launch into the meat of their ten-song album Premonition , it’s almost immediately obvious that this Denver-based quartet are totally business-oriented. Favoring the older-school Amott style riffing (think Heartwork or Black Earth), with the occasional latter day Death nod for technicality, and some excellently rasped death vocals, these guys lay down a whole disc of very worthy Euro style death/thrash. Cryogen’s songwriting ability is very strong, as every riff is infectious, devastating and crisply played atop a compelling rhythm section. Moreover, the band even fearlessly tackles slower tempo tracks in style, making them somewhat anthemic and very headbangable. The two small criticisms I’ve found for Premonition are that the production isn’t very full, and on a number of songs Cryogen tend to overplay their best riffs. For this band, slick warm, organic production would greatly benefit their sound, as well as allow them to work more with melodies. This would in turn allow them to break away from the song’s central riff a little more often, and give the album the ability to stand up better to multiple spins. Overall, though, Premonition is a very strong start and it will surely have me looking out for Cryogen’s future efforts.
- Peter Johnston - www.deadtide.com


Discography

Premonition (Debut Album, Oct. 18 2005)
Behind the Fall (3-Song Demo, 2004)

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One word to describe the music of Cryogen...uncompromising. Equal parts death metal, black metal, and NWOAHM; Cryogen fills a void within the current landscape by uniting instrumental melody with crushing vocal and rhythmic delivery - all without compromising dynamics. If you're a metal fan into dual-guitar harmonies, punishing double-kick, and lyrics tackling subjects from corporate greed to religious fundamentalism, Cryogen is the band you've been waiting for.

The Cryogen lineup solidified in early 2004, with Brian Sawyer adding lead guitar to then Forever Broken members Ryan Conner, Matt Lyon, and Matt Benson. After nine months of writing and rehearsing, Cryogen recorded a demo at Mindcycle studios (operated by engineers Ryan Conner and Matt Lyon). While playing numerous shows in the Denver area through 2005, Cryogen began recording their debut album "Premonition" in February '05.

Cryogen's first full-length CD, mastered by none other than Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Hate Eternal,...), will be released in October '05. They'll be playing extensively in the Denver area (and beyond) following the CD release, and the shows will be nothing short of INTENSE!