Genre/Influences: Industrial, electro-ambient.
Background/Info: Sylker is the meeting between two French projects. It all happened in 2009 when Soul Stalker joined hands together with the more familiar Sylvgheist Maëlström (known from the Hands roster). They originally covered bands like Portishead, Massive Attack, NIN ao and went on creating their own songs. After a hiatus of several years Sylvgheist Maëlström VS. Soul Stalker has been renamed into Sylker. This is the band’s self-titled and self-released album.
Content: “Sylker” features 9 songs, which are mixing heavy, bombast sound treatments together with industrial atmospheres and Klinik-al sequences. Some songs indeed remind me of the experimental Klinik-side, but also to Mortal Constraint. Slow rhythms, dark strings and icy arrangements are the main elements to the Sylker sound.
+ + + : Sylker’s sound is raw and unpolished, reminding me of great 90s projects mixing electronics and industrial influences. I like this vintage approach resulting in several noticeable cuts. The songs have been accomplished with alluring sound treatments and great, cold atmospheres. I also like some sweeping effects and the slow rhythmic, which has something sensual-like.
– – – : There are a few songs featured, which I think could have been more accomplished.
Conclusion: Sylker has something fascinating so let’s hope this duo will move on while improving some aspects of their work.
Best songs: “No Noise”, “I Gave You”, “Killed”.