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Over the years TIMELOCK has not changed very much, they still operate in the SAGA inspired neo-prog/melodic rock genre. It would appeal to fans of the more rocky side of progressive more than the soft sort of styles, but it is up to you. TIMELOCK is currently promoting the new CD live on stage.

In 1992 "Louise Brooks" appeared and the critics were unanimously positive. Two years later, their second album "The Dawn" was released. The production and compositions had a more powerful and professional sound. After some years of 'radio silence' TIMELOCK is now back with a new CD entitled "Circle of Deception". The album has 10 tracks and has everything that you can ask from a symphonic band. Of course it is neo progressive, but with a harder guitar attack. On the quieter sounds, you can pick out the HACKETT influence, but the harder sound compares to Robert FRIPP, say on "Red" for example. However, this is by far the best of the three offerings. And it sounds great too.

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3.75 | 9 ratings
Louise Brooks
1992
3.34 | 11 ratings
The Dawn
1994
3.22 | 7 ratings
Circle of Deception
2002
2.98 | 8 ratings
Buildings
2008

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 The Dawn by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.34 | 11 ratings

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The Dawn
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars The duo of Hollenberg/Driessen, who led Timelock, decided to recruit a normal drummer after ''Louise Brooks''.So Rob Louwers found himself in the line-up during the process of the band's sophomore album ''The dawn''.This was recorded again at the DB Sound Studio in The Hague and eventually came out in 1994 on SI Music.

Musically there was a slight turn on Timelock's sound compared to their debut.While ''Louise Brooks'' was fiery, energetic, in your face Neo Prog with a bunch of magnificent melodies, this one sounds a lot like a blend of Neo Prog aesthetics with modern Heavy Prog stylings, much influenced by RUSH.There is a certain ALEX LIFESON influence on Hollenberg's guitar, the tracks have a typical song format and are mainly based on steady, catchy grooves with plenty of vocals and a fair amount of breaks, as the band sounds a lot like TILES or ENCHANT.Of course Hollenberg also delivers some great solos here and there with this familiar distorted Neo Prog guitar sound, but the fascinating melodies are somewhat sacrified in the sake of atmosphere and groove.Additionally the keyboards of Driessen remain inexcusably on the background, making ''The dawn'' much of a guitar-driven effort.On the other hand the ability of the band to create some memorable tracks as well as Stoker's clean and first-class vocals offer many moments of pure delight.

A step backwards for the band compared the debut's excellent and inspired material.Still ''The dawn'' is a pretty solid release of Neo/Heavy Prog, typical product of the Dutch school, and anyone after bands like TILES, ENCHANT or US act CATHEDRAL will find plenty to like in ''The dawn''.Recommended.

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 Circle of Deception  by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.22 | 7 ratings

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Circle of Deception
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Timlock needed 8 years to come with a third studio release , Circle of deception from 2002 is another worthy album, but I think this time the bands wants to be more in a safe zone, the album is ok , good one but less intristing then previous one. The Saga aproach, that melodic neo prog is all over the place here, but sometimes is a bit to usual, to same as other bands. Not a track is poor or bad , but aswell not realy highligts here, for such a long time to release an album, you must come with something as solid as before if not better, but this time Timelock manage to come only with a good album , that for sure were cross almost unnoticed by many. Anyway some intristing pieces are to me , the longest one, nearly 13 min of high class neo prog Everything Except The World , with catchy and solid arrangements, if the whole album were like this track then the album was a lot diffrent one, but sadly the rest are usual stuff, not bad, but without to many pretension from the listner. I will go with 3 stars, while is a good one, the magic moments of The dawn are almost gone, living space to a more safe and explored ground by many neo prog bands before. Still pleasent to listen from time to time.

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 The Dawn by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.34 | 11 ratings

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The Dawn
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Timelock is an underrated and unfair unknown neo prg band from Holland, releasing so far 4 albums. I had hard times finding this second album named The dawn from 1994 and their third one and next album Circle of deception from 2002. Finaly after many years searching I put my hand on some copies of these albums from a friend of mine . I was very pleasent surprise and really make me think that this second album needs a much better view in prog circles, The dawn is an awesome journey in neo prog world with some fantastic arrangements not far from Saga fame. Musicianship is better and far more intristing then on many well known bands from this field, guitar and specially the keybords are killer on some tracks. A very positive vibe give me the vocalist Ruud Stoker, amazing rage and tonality of his voce keeps changing when needed and without force himself to do that jaw dropping acrobats on almost every tune. I like a lot this kind of voice for this style of music, on pieces like Emotional Target , Between Dusk And Dawn and Napoleon Bonaparte is simply said amazing, I'm realy impressed by his vocal abilities, very melancholic very gothic in tone, brilliant. I said before that Timelock sounds in places like Saga, that neo pomp prog with catchy choruses, awesome musicianship combine with intelligent progressive elements over some grreat lyrics, a thing that must be a plus for this band, because not very often I heared, specialy on a neo prog band lyrics that intrested me so much, usualy are ok and nothing more, but this time thay realy fit with the whole concept and goes hand in hand with the music like aglove, just check out the opening track Emotional target, inspired lyrics for sure. So a big 4 stars for this unknown album, yet a great surprise for me that desearve a better view. Recommended for sure.

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 Buildings by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.98 | 8 ratings

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Buildings
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Timelock is an interesting band from Holland that I had the opportunity to know sometime in the past two years. Although I found their songs of good quality a certain lack of overall direction on their CDs did not move me enough into writing a review. And I guess I wouldn´t bother to listen to their new stuff if my friend and PA colleague Henk (Progrules) didn´t recommend it. Since he knows my tastes fairly well I decided to take a shot.

Ok, this is not a very original stuff: simple, melodic rock with strong prog influences. What differs this new album from the previous ones is that they seem to find their style, as the CD as a whole has a very convincing sense of direction and appealing sound. And believe me, nowadays you don´t find too many albums that has strong cuts from beginning to end. I find it hard to compare them to other bands, but I guess there´s a kind of Saga feel on Buildings: like that group their tunes seem deceptively simple at the first listening while they are in fact very well craft and arranged. I specially like the guitar work of Ronald Demilt and also the very tasteful keyboards of Julian Driessen.

It´s hard to point a highlight, since most of the tracks are really precious small gems. I only wish the instrumental Ben Mundo could be longer and more well developed. The more experimental side of the group is also present on the two last tracks Moonchild and We Can Not (the Saga connection comes in mind again, but not quite).

Conclusion: very pleasant album and very promising too. If you like melodic rock with a prog twist, go for it! You won´t be disappointed. I´m looking forward to hear their next works. Not really essential on a site like PA (it would be a 5 star rating in a melodic rock one), but more than just good. 3,5 stars overall.

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 Buildings by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 2008
2.98 | 8 ratings

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Buildings
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A total surprise this fourth release by Dutch neo band Timelock, one of my favourite underdogs through the years. Looks like I'm about the only one who reviews this band. Well, I must admit their albums are not really everywhere around in the stores, certainly not abroad. When I saw this one I bought it immediately because you never know if you get another chance. I didn't expect a fourth album actually because of the long time between their albums. You just don't know if they are using a lot of time for their next or whether they are eventually disbanded.

They're not obviously and listening to the first three songs one might say, they are still alive indeed ! Three good songs to open the album and getting me in the right mood. On the other hand I detect a lack of the energetic style of their previous album, Circle of Deception. That album was going in the direction of heavy prog almost but this album shows the softer side of Timelock. And when the album goes on it even becomes more and more obvious.

I don't know if it was a deliberate choice of Timelock to do Buildings this way or if it just turned out this way after composing each individual song. Whichever it was, it has become an almost mellow sounding album, the quality is still there and if I'm in the mood for music like this, no problem but if I would have wanted anything like Circle .. forget it, this is totally different. Because I absolutely loved the predecessor and it's style and sound, gave that one 4 stars because of that and regard this as somewhat less in those respects I will give this 3 stars. Recommended for lovers of the easier side of IQ.

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 Circle of Deception  by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.22 | 7 ratings

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Circle of Deception
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by robbob

2 stars Of...what a boring album.

I love a lot of prog bands of netherlands as Ayreon, No Name and Mangrove.

I bought this album after reading some reviews(¿Saga style? Maybe their worst albums)

Like For Absent Friends or Egdon Heath both neo prog bands of the netherlands this band and specially in this album tries to perform a music limited, i think ,for the intention to reach to more massive people (there is an important pop prog incorporation).

Too similar to FAF and EH with keyboards sounding as last Genesis albums.

Listening to this album i can feel that the band has good musicians and the music could have been better. But i miss originality.This could have been(and it was) another boring album of the dutch bands i referred to in the lasts paragraphs.

I knew they took to life another album this year and i hope they do in this one something different or by the other hand i think they are destined to disappear.

Sorry but only two stars

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 The Dawn by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.34 | 11 ratings

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The Dawn
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
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3 stars This is the third review I give on a Timelock album, in fact I have the privilege to possess all three albums, they are all jewels. The first two weren't too easy to lay hold of because the SI lable was not in operation for too long so if you didn't get certain albums in time, it was difficult in a later stage to get them. In fact this was one of the later albums distributed by SI music.

It's a very nice album but less than the debut and that's mainly because that one is really very good. This one opens with Emotional Target, a powerfull track making you want more. Next one is to quiet things down a little, but not bad at all. The third is the highlight of the album, almost an epic with a strong instrumental part at the end. Hold on is a ballad with emotional lyrics. Really beautiful. Then a couple of lesser songs come along before Hungry Eyes treats you with highly original typical neo progressive keyboards. Very good track this. Touchdown is a fast track, nice but no more than that. Comets rising is a little bit better in my opinion. And the album finishes off with a short instrumental track, nice but not too spectacular. This album is a good successor of the debut but if I compare it to the first and last of this band it's somewhat less. 3 stars (3,25).

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 Circle of Deception  by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.22 | 7 ratings

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Circle of Deception
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In my review on the debut album by Ywis I described the relation with that band to this one so I will not go into that again. More important about this album is the fact that it was released at all. Because it was so many years ago before the previous one (The Dawn) did. So I was very pleased because I love this band, this band produces quality neo prog so I was hoping they had been able to do this again. I was a little bit anxious becuase The Dawn was somewhat less in my opinion than Louise Brooks (debut) but that had also to do with the fact that their debut was a very good one.

Well, this third one didn't disappoint me at all. It has in common with the debut that all songs are really worthwhile and I always appreciate this very much because it means that when you play the cd you have an all the way great listen without having to skip some poor tracks. It's the case with this album but it's hard to describe each song individually, not that they are all alike or undefinable or something but because they don't have special features to talk about. It's simply very good neo prog. The songs I can say something about are the last two. Everything except the world is a great epic, fantastic build up, starting with a vocal part and ending with great instrumental grand finale, I like those tracks. The last one is the ballad of the album, in fact Timelock hasn't made many of those in their 3 albums. It's not a real soft or quiet kind of neo prog they play, it's quite energetic by the way. It's hard to compare them with other, well known bands. Maybe with early Pendragon, but then only with some resemblance. It's actually melodic neo prog with strong song structure. This one is recommended for sure.

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 Louise Brooks  by TIMELOCK album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.75 | 9 ratings

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Louise Brooks
Timelock Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It's really unbelievable that this album is hardly reviewed yet. It could have something to do with the availability of the album. I bought this one after I heard the title track on a SI-sampler. SI was the label back then, was very ambitious for progressive music in the early nineties but unfortunately couldn't keep up the business and disappeared. But I still thank them for the samplers, I discovered a lot of bands thanks to them. This was one of the better songs on their first sampler. A very nice title track with a great guitar solo at the end. Another very interesting song is The Seance, handling about a popular habit in earlier days where people conjured up spirits in so called seances. Very nicely expressed in this song. The other songs are practically well-matched to one another, each song very pleasant and of high quality.

I almost want to give 5 stars really, it's that good but we have to stay critical, there are far better masterpieces around and so I can go to only 4, but in fact it's 4.5. Well done Timelock !!

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