Oct 2013 24

Torul - Tonight We Dream FiercelyTorul
Category: Industrial / Synthpop
Album: Tonight We Dream Fiercely
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: An album that shows nice production and strong vocals can’t always carry simplistic structure.


 

Only the second full-length album from this Slovenian trio, Tonight We Dream Fiercely showcases Torul’s tight production and strong sound engineering skills. Woven into the band’s synthpop sound along with the typical yet competent vocals, Torul has a lot of potential; unfortunately though, despite its strengths, a possible need for an editing ear has led to an album of painfully simplistic structure that leaves much of it feeling formulaic and repetitive as bass heavy synth and melodic vocals try to make up for each song’s overly basic format.

The opening track, “The Sun!” is an exceptional, attention grabbing start to the album with its crisp rumbling bass and warm, powerful vocal performance. However, with “Wake Up,” Torul takes on a more somber and sedate tone, which makes the lack of complexity in its composition and reliance on an overly repetitive structure painfully apparent as the song seems to go nowhere and eventually just peters out with no real memorable chorus or any sort of defining characteristic. Then there are tracks such as “Always Embraced” that feature some nice vocal work, but the song just remains flat and never builds to any sort of climax, once again leaving it feeling like easily forgotten filler. Occasionally, Torul seems to channel some of its influences. “I’m Still Here” serves up a peppy Devo-like sound and “End of Story” carries a strong Underworld-like attitude; these tracks help the album escape its monotonous trappings and breathe much needed life into the music.

Tonight We Dream Fiercely is the strange sort of album that seems like it has all the right ingredients to be great but just fails at it. Far too many songs on the album follow the same formula, come across flat, and leave the album a droning and forgettable experience. There are absolutely flashes of brilliance to be found in tracks like “The Sun!” and there are some truly superb synth lines and sound engineering sprinkled throughout, but unfortunately, it’s just not enough.
 
Track list:

  1. The Sun!
  2. Wake Up
  3. The Fall
  4. I’m Still Here
  5. All In
  6. Mad World
  7. Glow
  8. A Leak
  9. Always Embraced
  10. All Over Again
  11. End of Story

 
Torul Website http://www.torul-recordings.net
Torul Facebook https://www.facebook.com/torul
Torul Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ttorul
Torul SoundCloud http://www.soundcloud.com/torul
Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
Metropolis Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/metropolisrecords
Metropolis Records Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MetropolisRecords
Metropolis Records Twitter http://www.twitter.com/metropolisrec
Infacted Recordings Website http://www.infacted-recordings.com
Infacted Recordings MySpace http://www.myspace.com/infacted
Infacted Recordings Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Infacted-Recordings/124099254321690
Infacted Recordings Twitter http://www.twitter.com/infacted
Infacted Recordings Bandcamp http://infactedrecordings.bandcamp.com
 
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon MP3
Bandcamp (Infacted Recordings)
 
2013-04-09
 
Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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