I had to get used to this albums production first, and it surely lacks here and there. Still, the songs displayed here are top quality. Harder songs that turn into atmospheric and emotional ones. Screamed vocals somewhere between despair and anger. Mood swings every now and then, giving the son gs enw twists. I dare to say this is my favorite Emo album. No doubt about it. And the real Emo that is, not what MTV sells as Emo.
Hot Cross craft a technically complex and entertaining album with some of Post Hardcore's
finest pieces of instrumentation and guitar twidling there is. It's a shame that the
songwriting and ocassionally bad vocals bring the overall package down, standing out as
particularly affecting through much of the second half. Nevertheless, Cryonics is an
excellent album, as well as a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to get into the
screamo genre, even if they aren't quite Screamo themselves. I can say without fear that
'Pretty Picture...' and 'A Tale...' are some of the genre's finest songs.
With absolutely stellar instrumentation, Hot Cross crafted a screamo classic with Cryonics. Featuring technical guitar work that was unlike most bands at the time, Cryonics is easily comparable to Hot Cross' parent bands in terms of sheer quality. The only downside to this album could be the vocal performance and the odd choice of guitar effects in a few brief instances. The vocals lack a distinct punch and feature very off rhythms that more often than not sound overly forced. Vocalist Billy would find a much more powerful voice on Hot Cross' sophomore effort Risk Revival, but with a considerable drop in musical quality. Cryonics ranks with the genres finest.