Cryosleep contains 47 minutes of epic symphonic doom metal, although these simple words don’t really do the music here sufficient justice. Mare Infinitum’s style takes a base of death/doom and then builds on this with lavish orchestration and operatic depth. This is not your typical death/doom though, and the album is more akin to a banquet of extraordinary epic operatic metal than anything else – it frequently ventures into bombastic symphonic power metal territories, for example, (think Therion and Nightwish). However, whatever genre tags you apply, the simple fact remains that Cryosleep is a remarkable album.
The heavily symphonic and grandiose material is exquisitely rendered in three-dimensional colour that’s vivid and expansive. The music is ambitious and accomplished, with sterling performances from everyone involved. The singing and the guitar leads/solos deserve special mention, although to be honest I could say that about every musician’s output here. Cryosleep is a huge and majestic affair, and is of high quality throughout.
The songs are well-written and arranged. They’re filled with emotion and atmospheric feeling. Highly melodic, surprisingly catchy and memorable, and packed with sumptuous content that is rich and satisfying, Cryosleep is a very strong album. Something like this could so easily have disappeared into its own bubble of self-importance. Instead, we get an album of power and potency that exudes quality and presence.
The music drips with emotion and offers a luscious journey into extravagance that reveals just as much substance as its obvious style. Mare Infinitum are very talented, and Cryosleep is a huge win.
Essential listening for fans of epic orchestral metal.