Thee Maldoror Kollective - _A Clockwork Highway_
(Code666, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 10)
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 further.


(article published 29/11/2004)

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