Cryogenic was an Australian thrash metal/death metal band formed in 1992 in Wetherill Park, a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
The band originally featured guitarist Steve Essa, bass player Anthony Henning, singer/guitarist Russell Player and drummer Chad Bartosik, who was also a member of another thrash band called Neophobia. Cryogenic's history is linked to that of another Sydney thrash/death metal
band called Mortality, that was formed around the same time by guitarist Darren Jenkins, bass player Luke Ford and vocalist Darren Maloney. Mortality released three demos and toured with Sepultura
before Jenkins was replaced by Craig Figl and original drummer Rick Fuda by Steve Pell, previously of a late-80s metal band known as Kilswitch. While Mortality was arguably the better known of the two bands, their impetus stalled due to a long delay in the release of their debut album Structure
. While it was eventually released in early 1997, dispute about musical direction saw Mortality disband six months later.
Cryogenic released its first demo in 1995. However Bartosik left before the band could capitalise on its success on the local Sydney metal scene. Temporary drummer Grahame Goode from Neophobia played with the band on a key support date with Belgian
thrash band Channel Zero but without a permanent drummer Cryogenic was on the verge of splitting up. Late in the year, Mortality's ex-guitarist Jenkins joined tha band as drummer, enabling them to support Fear Factory
before beginning work on a debut album, Suspended Animation
in early 1997. At the same time, the band deliberately cultivated a following amongst the "Westy"
headbangers of Sydney's western suburbs. In a further link to Jenkins' former band, in the aftermath to the disbanding of Mortality, Player was then replaced by that band's vocalist Darren Maloney, who re-recorded the album's vocal parts just prior to release.
Cryogenic appeared with Strapping Young Lad
and then Cradle of Filth
in late 1997; this began a string of tours and opening slots for the band that included a tour with Entombed
and shows in South Africa
to promote Suspended Animation
. This was followed by an Australian tour with Slayer
In November 1998 the band appeared as part of Metal For The Brain - the first of three appearances they would make at Australia's largest heavy metal music festival.
In 1999 Cryogenic played at the Sydney Big Day Out, the first of three appearances for the band at the music festival and late in the year released their second album ego-noria. 2000 featured heavy touring around Australia, then after a third Big Day Out appearance in 2001 Cryogenic went off the road for much of the year, ostensibly to work on another album. However in October it was announced that Maloney had been replaced by Steve Simmons, formerly with Canberra nu metal band Henry's Anger. Plans were then made for the band to relocate to the United States with tentative plans made for shows in Los Angeles. However, Simmons was injured in a car accident and was forced to leave the band.
In The Name Of After
The remainder of Cryogenic then based themselves in Los Angeles and re-launched itself under the name of In The Name Of after recruiting vocalist Ryan David. That band broke up in early 2005, with Jenkins returning to Australia. He now works as a producer and sound engineer with Melbourne's Faultline Records. Maloney, Ford and Pell reformed Mortality in late 2005 with guitarist Andrew Lilley, a former member of Psi.Kore, Infernal Method
and Atomizer. The band played a single comeback show in Sydney in August 2006, with no plans to continue further at the time. However, Mortality has since begun writing and rehearsing once more as of mid-2007.
Russell Player - vocals/guitar (1992 - 1997)
Anthony Henning - bass (1992 - 2002)
Chad Bartosik - drums (1992 - 1995)
Steve Essa - guitar (1992 - 2002 )
Darren Maloney - vocals (1997 - 2001)
Darren Jenkins - drums (1995 - 2002)
Steve Simmons - vocals (2001 - 2002)
Cold Cuts '97 (VHS) 1997