Garek – Take The King

Garek Take The King Vol 1

Album facts

Release: September 23rd, 2016
Label: Self released
Genre: , , ,
Discogs: (Not avail­able yet)

A radiant light from the US

America's scene of Industrial, Synth Pop and Darkwave is grow­ing very fast the last years. This week we received a promo of the debut album 'Take The King' by 'Garek'. For us it seems that a brand new artist enter the stage. For that reas­on, we were all more amazed as we saw that 'Garek' has already done his music video debut with 'Save The Queen' 4 years ago.

On his YouTube chan­nel we also found more awe­some music videos, and fur­ther we dis­cov­er his releases on his Bandcamp page from the past years. Obviously 'Garek' isn't really a new­comer in the scene, but he didn't make waves out­side the US. We hope this will change dra­mat­ic­ally after this review. Spoiler: "The album is awe­some!".

Industrial Pop? Nu Industrial?

The open­er 'Cavity' starts imme­di­ately with a vibrat­ing Industrial influ­ence. The pulsat­ing bass beats that blast deep and loud, gave us the feel­ing that our speak­ers will explode soon. The tempo of the track is in the low beat range. The chor­us reminds strongly of Nu Metal influ­ences such as 'P.O.D.', 'Disturbed' or also 'Linkin Park'. But it's still a pure elec­tron­ic track which gives it an unique sound. Personally I would call the genre some­thing between Industrial Pop and Nu Industrial.

A musical revolution?

The second title 'Save The Queen' is revolu­tion­ary, espe­cially with the back­ground know­ledge that this song is already 4 years old. With the first listen­ing we would have said imme­di­ately, this is a brand-new 2017 song, but it isn't. 'Save The Queen' is def­in­itely one of the catchy tunes we would like to recom­mend to listen to.

Garek - Photo by Nick Suttle
Garek – Photo by Nick Suttle

'My Animal' is music­ally even more towards the dance floor. Here the tempo is increas­ing and the pop factor is clearly drawn. This is very good for the album, as it shows the cre­at­ive diversity of Garek's com­pos­i­tions. The num­ber 'My Animal' has much vocal sim­il­ar­ity to Lauri (The Rasmus) which we really like. Here it sounds abso­lutely awesome!

A fur­ther music­al vari­ety gives us the fol­low­ing song 'Ledge'. This one goes more into the Electrorock dir­ec­tion. Rough elec­tric gui­tars, and ana­logue sound­ing drums let you head­banging. It's just incred­ible how ver­sat­ile the music of 'Garek' is. If you like the shout­ing of Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), then the track 'Eve' is yours. The typ­ic­al Electrorock sound con­tini­ous in this song in an epic way.

Boys Don't Cry

To put it straight to the point; The song 'Boys Don't Cry' is unfor­tu­nately not a cov­er ver­sion of 'The Cure'. Although I per­son­ally would have loved to listen it in a ver­sion of 'Garek'. I guess that it would fit per­fectly into the concept. Anyway, in this case 'Boys Don't Cry' is a song writ­ten by 'Garek'. This one is sound-tech­nic­ally in a mid tempo range and sounds more dark and mel­an­choly than all tracks before.

But 'Garek' won't let­ting you left with that sor­row­ful feel­ing of 'Boys Don't Cry', and sends you right back to the dance floor with 'Stray'. Club beats and catchy tunes are the basic ele­ments of this gor­geous track.

The song 'Leper' has in prin­ciple the same genes as even the great num­ber 'Eve'. The main dif­fer­ence is that "Leper" dis­pense with the elec­tric gui­tars. But that's okay, because here we can listen to anoth­er side of Garek's music­al tal­ent and vari­ety.

Is Garek's album a king-like debut?

Definitely! We really enjoyed this fresh wave from the US. We are a bit sad that we didn't hear any­thing about 'Garek' the years before. Note to ourselves: "We need a cor­res­pond­ent for Electrozombies in the USA!". Do not waste time and listen to this album imme­di­ately. It is incred­ibly var­ied in the songs, as well as in the style. Conclusion: Finally a fresh breeze for the black scene.

By the way, this album also made it into our art­icle ‘The best Synth Pop and genre-related albums 2017‘. Read now.

Track By Track Rating

Garek Take The King Vol 1
Garek – Take The King
Cavity
Save The Queen
My Animal
Ledge
Eve
Boys Don't Cry
Stray
Leper
Salem
Stray (Acoustic)
Recommend
Save The Queen
My Animal
Stray
Weak
(Nothing to report here)
3.9
A grand debut