TRYLOK

Album: "Reliance" (2000)
Label: ArtOfFact Records
Style: EBM
Songs: 13

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

While this is considered a new full-length Trylok release, I personally consider it more of an EP due to the fact that there are only seven new songs delivered here. This just isn't enough new material in my opinion to consider this as a new full-length CD. Along with the seven new tracks are six remixes.
       The best tracks offered here are "Mysterious Girl", "Silence", "Resurrection" and the cover of Kraftwerk's "Radioactivity". These four songs all feature energetic and driving beats over orchestrated soundcapes mixed with Strategy's deep powerful singing. The three new instrumentals "World Of Sounds IV", "Floating" and "Extemporize" are also good, but I feel that they would have been even better if they included Strategy's vocals.
       These seven new tracks all show growth for Trylok. The music is energetic, alive and vibrant with layers upon layers of electronic programming placed over beautiful dramatic orchestrated synth melodies. Trylok has always created an enchanting and mesmerizing sound, and they manage to take that edge even further on the songs delivered here to create atmospheres of artistic splendor and imagination. While their music is fast paced and beat heavy enough for the dance floor, it's also extremely passionate and emotional. Strategy has a great voice and sings with wonderous melody along with the music. It's for this reason that it's a bit disappointing that only four of the seven new songs include his vocals. The six remixes delivered here are a mixed bag. Some are better than others. The Dark Illumination remix of "Burning In Hell" is a techno/drum n' bass track removing Strategy's vocals with only an altered echo voice repeating the same line over and over again. It's empty and repetitive thus making it dull and boring. Forma Tadre's remix of "Shame" turns the original song into a dark and dramatic experimental instrumental. It's good for variety, but is also rather dull and drab. New Mind's remix of "Torment" is the best here turning the song into an aggressive electro-industrial track with the addition of sampled distorted guitar. Also, the remix keeps Strategy's vocals intact giving them a slightly more distorted sound. Anstalt's remix of "Waves" is good giving the song a more driving techno edge. D.K.'s remix of "Shame" is good as well keeping the song true to its original structure, but adding little touches such as altered samples of the vocals placed over the originals. Sabotage's remix of "Subconcious" is an energetic techno instrumental designed for clubs. It's a good track to end the CD with. The bottom line is that this CD is packed with a lot of great music from start to finish, but it would have been nice if more original Trylok songs were included as seven just isn't enough. I want more.


Album: "Contrast" (1997)
Label: Zoth Ommog
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 14

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

Right when the first song "Never Give Up" began I instantly thought that it sounded exactly like the material found on Lights Of Euphoria's "Beyond Subconciousness" album. Well, that's because the singer for this band also did a lot of the vocals on that album as well. He has a very unique voice that you can recognize right away. He does sound a bit different on this album than he did on the previous Trylok release. His vocal range seemed a bit greater on that album and kind of tends to sound the same on every song here. Also, the music in the songs presented here doesn't seem to change as much. Previous Trylok work included a lot of variety and changes in the songs themselves, but they have opted to make the songs here a little more straight forward and structured. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but they seem to have lost their unique edge a bit by doing it. Also, they have included five instrumentals here. Two of them "Red Sky" and "Subconcious" are very good. However, the other three "World Of Sounds (parts 1, 2, and 3)" are scattered throughout the album. These are rather boring and out of place on this album in my opinion. Another thing found here are extremely slow and mellow romantic type songs that tend to put me to sleep. They aren't as interesting as the slower material delivered on Trylok's previous album. Don't get me wrong though, there are still some great songs to be found here. Most of the material is dance energy electro industrial created with hyper electronics and beautiful harmonic synth harmonies. The singing is clean with an interesting accent and helps make the songs very powerful. There is passion and emotion delivered here that is not found very often. This is a very good album, but not quite as good as their previous release "Interminable". This album has too many instrumentals that seem like filler and slow songs that are rather boring. Even the fast paced energy packed dance songs seem more generic due to them being straight forward and repetitive with a similar vocal delivery given on each one. That's not to say that this isn't still a very high quality album with a clean polish to it, because it is. It just doesn't flow quite as smoothly from start to finish as I would have liked.


Album: "Interminable" (1996)
Label: Music Research Special Products
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 11

A

Reviewed by: Darklight

Amazing is the first word that comes to mind when describing this album. The first song "Soldiers Of Light" grabs you right away with great electronic programming, harmonic synths and a catchy beat. Clean accented vocals that actually sing with harmony come in giving the song an overall powerful feel. There is a dance energy presented here as well with a positive and uplifting vibe to it. This is just a taste of what the rest of the album has to offer. Every song found here is just as good for their own reasons. The music is complete with excellent layering techniques and an overall polish that is of a very high quality. The vocals are deep voiced with a heavy accent and sing incredibly well. Everything found here is very passionate and emotional. This music is a work of art with orchestrated elements combined with drama. The songs make twists and turns taking the listener on an incredible journey of sights and sounds that only their wildest imagination can create. This is not angry or aggressive music, but it is fast paced and does offer a lot of energy. There are nine songs with vocals and two instrumentals. The instrumentals are beautiful and will take you away. Most of the songs found here do have an uplifting feel to them, but the last song "Garden Of Delight" is rather dark, angry and aggressive. It starts off with samples taken from a war and builds from there into a guitar thrashing energy packed track filled with rage. I love it. This is easily one of the best albums that I have heard in a while. The variety presented here is simply incredible. No fan of industrial music should be without this album in their collection.