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CLOCKWORK REVENGE

Airlord

Symphonic Prog


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3.34 | 35 ratings | 11 reviews | 3% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Clockwork Revenge (6:39)
2. Pictures In A Puddle (4:03)
3. Ladies Of The Night (9:46)
4. Earthborn Pilgrim (4:58)
5. Out Of The Woods (7:18)
6. Is It Such A Dream (5:11)
7. You Might Even Be (4:27)

Total Time: 42:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve MacKenzie / vocals, guitar
- Ray Simenauer / vocals, guitar
- Brad Murray / bass, vocals
- Alan Blackburn / keyboards
- Rick Mercer / drums

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AIRLORD Clockwork Revenge ratings distribution


3.34
(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(3%)
3%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
46%
Good, but non-essential (40%)
40%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

AIRLORD Clockwork Revenge reviews


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Review by erik neuteboom
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars This is progrock from Wilmington, New Zealand, the other end of the world for us Dutchmen! This five-piece band that was rooted in '76 and disbanded in '78 has delivered an amazing album. 1 - Clockwork revenge This is an impressive opener that has a fluent rhythm, sensational synthesizer flights, great duo-guitarwork (both guitarplayers has their own sound) and very distinctive duo- vocals (one sound as 'the Very Down Under nephew of Peter Gabriel). The final part includes a powerful, very biting guitar solo. 2 - Pictures in a puddle The first part is very mellow with emotional vocals, soaring keyboards and acoustic rhythm- guitar, then a mid-tempo featuring fiery electric guitar and beautiful choir-Mellotron drops. 3 - Ladies of the night It opens with a slow rhythm and a bit folky climate, then lots of shifting moods including majestic choir-Mellotron waves and fiery and biting, wah-wah drenched guitar soli. The excellent duo vocals give an extra dimension to the music, very disctinctive! 4 - Earthborn pilgrim This is a mellow song with twanging guitars, good vocals and in the end a bluesrock inspired guitar solo. 5 - Out of the woods A very alternating track that ranges from bluesy to mid-tempo delivering a splendid build- up guitarsolo, from sensitive to howling and biting, accompanied by lush organ waves. 6 - Is it such a dream? Here the string-ensemble and a sensitive guitar perfectly blend, in the end there's a biting electric guitar solo. 7 - You might even be Another very alternating track, the vocals reminds me of the early Peter Gabriel ("Nursery cryme"-era), the duo-guitarplay is very strong, supported by a dynamic rhythm-section. The final part contains the sound of many 'laughs', this emphasizes the original approach from Airlord. THIS BAND HAS DELIVERED A GREAT, VERY UNIQUE ALBUM!
Review by Progbear
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Make no mistake, this New Zealand group (recording in Australia) were clearly influenced by Genesis on their one and only album, CLOCKWORK REVENGE. In fact, with the raw twin-guitar attack, the electronic combo-organ and the stripped-down production, they almost sound like a garage-rock version of Genesis. The campy, crazed title-track-with lyrics about an army of wind-up dolls attacking an old lady-is practically Genesis meets Pavlov's Dog with roaring hard rock guitar and manic, tremulous vocals. The rest of the album isn't quite so out-of-control, but maintains an air of theatricality in the multiple voices (both guitarists sing) and some of the darker subject matter in the lyrics (particularly the harrowing, Mellotron-laced "Pictures In A Puddle").

Not enough originality to make this a must-own, but for fans of this type of music, this is one of the better items in this style.

Review by Carl floyd fan
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars Sometimes there is a reason certian albums remain obscure while others are being labeled as gems. The reason this album remains an unknown is it simply is not very good. It is far to similar to genesis and came into the game way to late (1977) when music was in sore need of originality. The lyrics aren't theatrical, just plain goofy. They really ruined the mood for me on multiple occasions and were far to awkward.
Review by Joolz
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A great benefit of the internet is that many long lost records are being (re)discovered. This little gem is from an antipodean band who would likely have received no exposure in the northern lattitudes. Which is a shame because their only album is of great interest to those who like the Genesis side of 70s Prog, awash with memorable melodies, inventive arrangements and a high standard of musicianship. The sound is warm and friendly in typically 70s fashion, well produced but not stifling the natural flow of ideas.

There seems to be two main singing voices, one of whom sounds like an early Peter Gabriel on steroids, while the other is a plummy tenor akin to Ray Thomas. Fortunately, the latter is the more prominent, and with some excellent rich high harmonies the Moody Blues comparison is quite striking, nowhere more than the superb Out Of The Woods. Guitars dominate the instrumentation, often with acoustic varieties providing excellent rhythmic support. Both guitarists get the chance to shine with some excellent lead runs and solos, though just occasionally a little extra spark of inspiration would come in handy. Keyboards largely fulfill a background role, mostly filling in the gaps, but the rhythm section is very good and the bass is especially inventive and forward in the mix.

The standout songs are also the two longest - Ladies Of The Night and Out Of The Woods - each succeeding in combining wonderful songwriting with changeable 'symphonic' arrangements and scintillating rock-guitar work-outs. A couple of masterpieces there, and the rest of the album isn't far behind, except perhaps for the story-telling opening track which tries much too hard to recreate the battle of Epping Forest with overblown vocal theatrics! The finale (You Might Even Be) returns to a similar style but is more successful in marrying the theatrics with a strong sense of melody.

Despite the Gabriel-like vocals, this is no Genesis clone but an interesting, superior venture into their territory, quite at home with the likes of Fantasy or England. Had it been produced five years earlier it may well have made an impact. In retrospect, a terrific album that will appeal to lovers of Classic Prog and well worth the effort to seek it out.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars What can I say. Airlord is a total Genesis Peter Gabriel era clone. This doesnīt make them bad though. Just unoriginal. The cloning is down to the lead singer sounding like Peter Gabriel. Or almost! Because he is a bit out there if you ask me. Try and imagine Peter Gabriel on amphetamine singing the Robbing Hood part of the Battle of Epping Forest on double speed after inhaling a baloon full of helium. This is how he sounds in the first song. Itīs not that exagerrated in the other songs though. All songs sound like Genesis though there are no mistaking.

The sound quality is ok without being impressive. Typical second division prog bands from the seventies.

Airlord is for Genesis what Druid and Starcastle is for Yes. Whics means that they are good imitations of the original, but because of that they never rise above the mediocre both in terms of quality and longivity.

The conclusion is 3 stars and itīs a small 3 star rating. It could have been 2 stars if my mood had been bad today. So as you can imagine Iīm not too impressed.

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Airlord is an unnoticed band from New Zeeland who release only one album in 1977 named Clockwork revange. The music of this unknown band is Genesis orientated, quite good in places but not outstanding. They play uptempo with nice arrangements , even the voice of the main singer is almost one on one with Peter Gabriel. Some pieces worth mentioning as good, like the opening track Clockwork Revenge, the voice here is an odd one , sounding like a clown , but not irritating to my ears and the longest from here Ladies Of The Night, the rest are so so, not really bad but not special either. So if you want to discover some bands from the other side of the earth try Airlord, a band that didn't make it in music for some reasons and remain an obscure band from the late '70's, but, with all that worth some spins from time to time. 3 stars good but non essential.
Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
4 stars While progressive rock had peaked and declined in the advent of musical tastes changing, many bands across the world didn't get the chance to partake in the boom of the early 70s but nevertheless tried to have a go at it even as punk and disco were dethroning even the most popular of the lot. AIRLORD were one such band that formed in 1976 in Wellington, New Zealand but like most bands of such remote areas had to go to larger countries to seek fame and fortune. In AIRLORD's case, it was off to Australia although they had many gigs in their homeland playing their original material in live settings. The band consisted of the five members: Steve MacKenzie (guitar, vocals), Ray Simenauer (guitar, vocals), Brad Murray (bass, vocals), Alan Blackburn (keyboards) and Rick Mercer (drums).

Despite having gone down in history as a mere Peter Gabriel era Genesis clone performing symphonic prog with a more caffeinated upbeat quirkiness, AIRLORD did have somewhat of a unique sound even if some of the tracks like "Pictures In A Puddle" are right out of the "Foxtrot" or "Nursery Cryme" playbook. The band released their one and only album CLOCKWORK REVENGE in 1977 and had a short life on the Australian mainland but unfortunately garnered little interest in the eclipsed years of prog when bands like AC/DC were becoming all the rage Down Under. However, despite the clone tag, this album is quite the pleasant little listen and although Genesis is the most blatant influence, AIRLORD sounds more like a less progified and more pop oriented version of classic Genesis with more emphasis on melody, steady rhythms and feel good upbeat passages with some track having a more energized hard rock guitar driven groove complete with soloing. It's actually quite diverse.

The title track opens up, and i kid you not, sounds somewhat like what Genesis would sound like if they happened to have a couple members of Devo or Split Enz in the band with a quirky zolo art pop sort of spin with the vocals of Steve MacKenzie sounding as if he'd joined Alvin and the Chipmunks. The track is also strange in that it's about an army of wind-up toys attacking an old woman. But after the opening track however, the rest of the album alternates between highly derivative mopey Genesis inspired tracks with more serious lyrics that displays MacKenzie doing his best Gabriel to a more rocking mix of hard rock and symphonic prog touches with the occasional soaring synthesizers and a few scant hints of the mellotron. Besides Genesis there are folky Jefferson Airplane types of interactions as well as spaciness that is more akin to German bands such as Novalis and the occasional space rock of Pink Floyd.

The first thing that pops into my mind when i listen to AIRLORD's one and only album CLOCKWORK REVENGE is that it could possibly qualify as one of the first neo-prog albums as it has all the characteristics of the 70s Genesis style symphonic prog but smoothed out into more pop friendly and less proggy compositions with some like some tracks like "Lady Of The Night" being downright catchy enough to hit the pop charts ( just listen to that guitar lick that reminds me of The SImpsons theme! ) I'm one of the rare individuals who doesn't really like the "Foxtrot" and "Nursery Cryme" era of Genesis and personally find these sorts of derivative bands more palatable for whatever reason and while there is no denying the wellspring from which AIRLORD tapped into, these guys definitely deliver a more upbeat and catchy rock performance than Genesis ever did in the early Hackett and Collins years. Call me sacrilegious but i actually like this one quite a bit more. Although it will never convince Genesis fans to desert their idols, this one still deserves a little more recognition than being a mere footnote in the vaults.

3.5 but rounding up because it's not getting enough love 'round here.

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4 stars AIRLORD "Clockwork Revenge" provoke in my mind a sensation of happiness... and at the same time of sadness... I can explain ; the happiness is due to the fact that I stay perplexed of how rich the progressive music was in the 70's, when I discover a "lost pearl" like this album and the sadnes ... (read more)

Report this review (#914536) | Posted by maryes | Saturday, February 16, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I'll half-claim this for Australia, since they moved here seeking, if not fame and fortune, at least a somewhat more hospitable environment for their music than they could enjoy in New Zealand, and recorded their entire discography (ie this album) while over here. And it's one of the best albums to ... (read more)

Report this review (#768218) | Posted by sl75 | Saturday, June 9, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars There seems to be a lot of 'Genesis Clone' accusations aimed at this album. Though i can see where they are coming from to hold it against such a strong album is quite ridiculous. At times the Genesis influence is quite clear, such as the comedy vocals at the beginning of the opening track Clock ... (read more)

Report this review (#410572) | Posted by topographicbroadways | Thursday, March 3, 2011 | Review Permanlink

2 stars New Zealand has not produced many progressive rock bands. It is a kind of an oddity on our beloved planet. And I am not meaning this in a negative way. Airlord released their one and only album in 1977. It did not become a commercial success and it is truly an obscure album. Partly because of ... (read more)

Report this review (#255820) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, December 13, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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