Kryoburn - _Enigmatic Existence_
(Continental / Rawhead, 2005)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
There are bands out there who are determined to be innovators, and
bands who would rather emulate and attempt to build upon the work of
others. While sometimes this distinction may be blurred, that is not
the case with Kryoburn: simply mentioning Strapping Young Lad and Fear
Factory goes a long way towards describing _Enigmatic Existence_. But
if originality is so scarce, then how good are Kryoburn at what they
do? Not bad at all. In fact they are even helped by a decent
production job. There is nothing horribly wrong with their
interpretation of the style, and they create some consistent -- though
ultimately forgettable -- numbers throughout _Enigmatic Existence_.
Having said that however, they are clearly not in the same league as
SYL or FF, which is hardly surprising. The question that remains is
whether you feel you need this album in your collection in addition to
the original records that so clearly inspired it.
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