|Labels||Cryoshell I/S (2007–present)
The Leaders (2013–present)
|Past members||Søren Bendz
Cryoshell (occasionally stylized as C R Y O S H E L L) is a Danish rock band formed in Copenhagen in 2006. The line-up currently consists of lead vocalist Christine "Lore" Lorentzen, guitarist Kasper Søderlund, keyboardist Mikkel Maltha and drummer Martin Pagaard.
In the band's early years they recorded several songs used as soundtracks for Bionicle, a popular series of Lego contraction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, and in the wake of the theme's untimely cancellation recorded their self-titled debut studio album, which was released in June 2010 in Scandinavia and later in other global territories over the following two years. Two singles have been produced as well as a third which will count as a bonus track on an upcoming reissue of the album set for a 2014 release.
Cryoshell's genre of music has usually been classified as alternative rock, hard rock, metal, or even a crossover between the three. They have a style similar to that of bands such as Delain and Evanescence (both of which are also fronted by a female singer) and have also been compared to other acts like Linkin Park and Within Temptation.
2006–2008: Formation and promotion through Lego
Cryoshell was initially formed in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2008, but the band has routes going back as far as 2006 of how it came to be. Originally, music composer Mikkel Maltha was contacted by The Lego Group to write and produce a song for their early 2007 wave of Lego Bionicle contraction toys. Upon production, Maltha, accompanied by fellow music composer and guitarist Kasper Søderlund and producer Eddie Simonsen, held auditions for who should provide vocals for the song, and after sending five potential singers to The Lego Group's headquarters in the United States to audition, the company chose Advance (an creative agency linked with The Lego Group) employee Christine "Lore" Lorentzen, whose vocals were used on the track titled "Creeping in My Soul". Upon release to help promote Bionicle's Barraki wave, the track became a instant hit from the official Lego website, rapidly becoming the number-one downloaded file, and eventually reaching over one million views on YouTube.
Due to the popularity of the track, Maltha and Søderlund were contacted again by Lego to produce two new songs to help promote Bionicle's Mahri and Phantoka waves for mid-2007 and early 2008 respectively. The songs "Face Me" and "Gravity Hurts" feature singer Niels Brinck, who also co-wrote the two tracks.
By mid-2008, Maltha and Søderlund were rejoined by Lorentzen and recorded and released the track "Closer to the Truth" as their first song as the band Cryoshell. Like with their previous releases, the song was used to help promote another Lego Bionicle toy wave - the Mistika of mid-2008. Cryoshell later announced plans to record a debut album featuring their previously released songs as well as new material with a targeted release date of fall 2008, but due to numerous delays it was pushed back time after time.
In July 2009 the band released their official debut single "Bye Bye Babylon" which also served as their fifth and final promotional song for Bionicle, this time as the soundtrack to the animated film Bionicle: The Legend Reborn as well as their Glatorian and Glatorian Legends toy waves of that year.
Following the announcement of their debut studio album, Cryoshell began writing and recording with producer Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios. They released a re-recording of "Creeping in My Soul" as their second single in December 2009 as well as an EP baring the same name in January 2010 before finally releasing their self-titled debut studio album on June 7, 2010 in Scandinavia under Norwegian label Voices Music & Entertainment. It took the band a period of nearly two years after to secure a worldwide release, and by February 2012 the album was available in most global territories.
It was announced in November 2011 that Lorentzen would be taking maternity leave from the band and that runner-up of the 2010 Danish talent show The X Factor Tine Midtgaard would feature in two newly recorded songs; "Breakout" - released December 9, 2012 as a single - and a re-recording of "Gravity Hurts", which premiered on Cryoshell's official YouTube channel on January 4, 2013. The tracks were later confirmed to be featured on a reissue of the band's debut album set for a global release in 2014, after Cryoshell - now rejoined by Lorentzen - secured a deal with Greek metal label The Leaders, which they will release all future material through.
Regarding a second studio album, the band commented during an interview with Ravenheart Music in October 2013 "We would love to release another album, but it is not right around the corner. We are in a creative process, playing around with ideas and sounds, and we hope that it will result in an album."
The discography of Cryoshell currently consists of 1 studio album, 1 extended play, 3 singles and 4 music videos. The band has also produced an extensive number of songs for the Lego toy theme Bionicle between 2007 and 2009 respectively. Their third single "Breakout" also features in two episodes of Hero Factory; a TV series based off the Lego theme of the same name.