Thee Maldoror Kollective - _A Clockwork Highway_
by: Pedro Azevedo (
The rather repetitive, tepid opening track does not bode well for _A
Clockwork Highway_, and unfortunately the album turns out to be unable
to shake those problems. There's a bit of a Red Harvest kind of
industrial metal to Thee Maldoror Kollective's sound, coupled with a
myriad of electronic and ambient elements. The results vary
considerably between tracks, and even within each song; think a more
electronic, less blackened and rather bland variation of Dodheimsgard
on their brilliant _666 International_. If you like electronica and
tribal rhythms, then you may well enjoy this more than I did; however
don't rely on the mostly simplistic riffs to save the day. A lot of
speech samples are also used, but a cohesive whole is not achieved.
This isn't to say there aren't some good passages; but they end up
buried and lost in a nearly hour-long album where most of the time
there isn't much to keep you interested. After some line-up changes,
it seems to me Thee Maldoror Kollective are presently working with a
variety of ideas, but still need time to consolidate them much
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