Blacklodge | ‘MachinatioN’
To begin with a quote from Season of Mist:
“With their fourth album “MachinatioN” the French alchemistic explorers, are entering a new dimension of mechanical insanity. Electronic Industrial beats and textures are amalgamated with the blackest of Metal sounds into a heavy Satanic alloy.”
Before even hearing a note, this album and I weren’t off to a good start.
Track names like ‘Industrial Temple MysticA’ and ‘Neo.Black.Magic’ only added to the intial disdain. A pet hate of mine is when artists decide that their songtitles will look more unique by “mixing things up a bit” LiKe ThIz Or.Like.[ThI5!]. It’s not exactly uncommon with Electronic music, but it will always get on my wick no matter what.
You may have seen just a little while ago that I reviewed another French release in Vorkreist’s ‘Sigil Whore Christ’ and gave it a bit of a pasting – well, it turns out that this is their vocalist’s project.
What we have here is lazily described as Industrial Black Metal, but there’s not much in the way of Industrial in any of this. It’s really more like Techno with some Glitch aspects thrown in here and there. Not a big deal to the less-than-pedantic Metal listener but it’s worth noting for anyone with an interest in this kind of thing. There’s also little in the way of Black Metal.
I was surprised that I liked the second track, ‘NeutroN ShivA [Sun, Walk with Me!]‘ as much as I did. The third song, ‘Neo.Black.Magic’ is pretty passable and has a nice kind of hypnotic beat to it and ‘Industrial Temple MysticA’ is catchy and has some great riffs throughout.
However, ‘Antichrist Ex Machina’ underscores the main point of frustration once again in St. Vincent. I made this complaint about Vorkreist’s latest, where it was difficult to tell if he could even pull off decent vocals organically and with this album, I’m still left with the same question.
‘Order of Baphomet’ goes absolutely nowhere and would’ve just been better off having never been recorded, or for that matter, even having existed as a minor, passing thought. The sample used at the end smoothly transitions into ‘Empire’s Hymn’, which is another dud track that adds nothing whatsoever.
‘All Seeing Eye’ has a great and simple bass line right in the centre, but sitting through the rest of its mundanity just for that would be idiotic at best. ‘Culto al Sol [SolarKult]‘ launches frenzily but the now-all-too familiar problems bleed through to taint.
To further pile onto negativity, both bass and rhythm guitars have less weight than a lead female cast member on Desperate Housewives. As I mentioned earlier, there’s no Black Metal to be found here as there’s a little more to the subgenre than just turning the Bass down low, upping the level of Treble and Distortion and screeching “Satan!” and “666!”
Speaking of which, I wanted to rip every bit of hair out of my head, eyebrows and lashes included, for the amount of times Vinny belches forth those very words in almost every. Single. Fucking. Track. Somebody else needs to write lyrics for him, because his are shockingly awful.
The ending quote from SoM on this album – “Witness BLACKLODGE unveil HIS truth to the world! Stay alert!”
What a bucket of shite.
0.9 / 5 – Ricardo Angelone ::: 17/05/12