There isn’t a single time my ears hear “synth-wave” and don’t perk up in the hopes of finding the next sound that will have me obsessed for weeks. So in the midst of stopping myself in my tracks, realizing I read “synth-rock” instead of “synth-wave,” a little sadness came over me, before I remembered the existence of Children of Bodom and The Cure. Being obviously and heavily inspired by 80s synth-rock, Cyborg Amok appear out of the darkness with their four track EP, The Order of Disorder.
Deepening the waters of introspection and existentialist curiosity, Cyborg Amok show off their relative skill in lyrical work on every song (with the exception of “Another Turn,” revealing a bit more childish content), but seem to lack some exciting complexity to the overall sound of their first album. Perhaps instrumental song writing isn’t as focused when the lyrical content can be more of a focal point, but why settle for only half the home run? This isn’t to say Cyborg Amok aren’t clear on their intentions and putting out into the world what they truly represent.
An inspiring and more developed track, “Newer Dark Age,” hits a few extra spots that the rest of the album struggles to. Leaning a little more towards a progressive style and bringing light to more instruments’ individuality is the key to this tune being my favourite of the four total tracks. Sustaining deep lyrics and a more emotionally charged feel, one could almost be reminded of a little band called Pink Floyd towards the end, where beautiful bluesy guitar solos play out the end of the song and REALLY make me wish the other three songs were as carefully crafted as this one.
At the end of the day, can we really be upset with something that brings more 80s culture into today? The answer is no, and even though we have to wade through some slightly repetitive work, there’s almost always a little light in the darkness.
Written by Talia Plante
*Edited by Dominic Abate