Mordacious – Crossroads (Album – Mordacious)
Genre/Influences: EBM, Industrial.
Background/Info: The latest Mordacious-album “Crossroads” has been released by the end of 2020. The album comes one year after the cool “It’s Not Over”-opus, which sounded like a new direction for Mordacious, which has been active since 2004.
Content: “Crossroads” already deals with new ideas. This project often repeated itself for years, but “It’s Not Over” appeared to be a kind of sonic ‘make-over’. The new work is exploring a dark side of EBM mixed with Industrial elements. The production of the vocals has never been that ‘clear’. Some cuts are a little harder and even reminding me of some Noisuf-X elements –without the Trance-Industrial approach.
+ + + : Mordacious is clearly exploring new sonic paths and I must say it rather sounds exciting. The songs became more EBM-driven with a melodic aspect on top, which remains one of the artist’s main sound characteristics. My favorite cut is the instrumental “As You Bleed”, which is a hard-pumping cut with irresistible, filtered sound sequences and a little Trance effect in the end. Other attention grabbers can be heard right in the beginning; so there’s the cool opening cut “Dim Your Light” and the pretty comparable “Fall From Grace”, both illustrating the new influences of this work.
– – – : The last track “We Will Rise” sounds like a true challenge for its somewhat cheap dance tune. It’s a rather poorly inspired final for an album, which definitely has more potential.
Conclusion: Mordacious sounds more like Mordacious V.2 and even if I still prefer the previous work “It’s Not Over”, this album is worthy of examination.
Best songs: “As You Bleed”, “Dim Your Light”, “Fall From Grace”, “Harder”.
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