Ruud Stoker (lead & backing vocals) – Laura Eradus (backing vocals) – Coby Van Oorschot (backing vocals) – Martin Hendriks (lead & rhythm guitars) – Julian Driessen (keyboards & synthesizers) – Arjen Van Den Bosch (orchestral keyboards) – David Guurink (bass) – Rob Boshuijzen (drums).
Time to unlock: the neo-progressive band Timelock’s return after a 13 year hiatus with a brand new EP. The track Stay Awake,
A few months ago, after a silence of 13 years, the Dutch prog band Timelock announced that new material was on the way. By now, a sample of their resurrection has been released. And how does that sound? Well, let’s say they skipped the 2.0 upgrade and went straight onto their 3.0 version.
The input of Timelock veterans Julian Driessen (keyboards) and Ruud Stoker (vocals) is clearly present, but more talent has been added. For example, the band has been given an extra bite through Martin Hendriks on guitar and Rob Boshuijzen on drums – they also played in Timelock during the Circle of Deception era – and by attracting the young and very skilled bass acrobat David Guurink.
But the cherries on the proverbial cake make the real difference: Arjen Van Den Bosch (orchestral keyboards) and singers Laura Eradus and Coby vVn Oorschot. They provide an almost Nightwish-like feel.
By now, the EP called …Stay Awake… with 4 new songs has been released. A full album will be released later this year with 6 more new songs, including a 19-minute epic.
That after the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at the end of 2020 the unexpected could suddenly be expected is a logical story. But the fact that the progressive rockband Timelock, originally from The Hague (NL) , which caused much joy in the 90’s with their infectious, Saga-like progressive rock, would make a comeback in 2021 is something of a different order.
Timelock’s last achievement is now about 15 years ago, when the album Buildings saw the light. A couple of years ago Circle Of Deception guitarist Martin Hendriks sought out founders Julian Driessen (keyboards) and Ruud Stoker (vocals) to write new material for his MHX Music YouTube channel. The idea to record a few songs quickly got out of hand and now there is both an EP and an album ready to be released.
The big questions are of course «Will the band pick up where they left off in 2006?» And «Who are the other band members? « On closer inspection, the band picks up where they left off after the release of CircleOof Deception (2002) when Martin Hendriks and Rob Boshuijzen (drums) left the band. The approach of the new music is therefore symphonic hard rock. It’s all just a bit spicier and in your face than in the past. What is striking are the new acquisitions in the line-up.
Bassist David Guurink, a young fresh guy, who was born with music and is very skilled on the 4-string instrument, completes the basic band. But it doesn’t stop there. The greatest musical acquisitions are Arjen Van Den Bosch, who puts a Nightwish-like sauce on the whole with his orchestral and additional keyboards, and backing vocalists Laura Eradus and Coby Van Oorschot, who add an extra dimension to the compositions. In short, enough to look forward to.