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Malachi Constant
Infinite Justice
Guilt Ridden Pop/Double Indemnity Records

Rating: 5.5/10 ?

February 14, 2005
In the sea of faceless experimental indie rockers, Malachi Constant is just another current. One can see the band's flow move along with the greater body of water, following patterns that many currents before them have already formulated. From time to time, the group pushes above the surface as a tiny lick of a wave in somewhat inspired and unique energy. Waves are rarely stable though, and never define the greater body of which they're a part.

Infinite Justice is Malachi Constant's second album, and their second attempt to distinguish themselves throughout blatantly ordinary means of experimental rock expression. Inside the album's artwork reads statements that are aimed at defining this band's eccentricity, such as, "We identify with the oppressed. Carnival fuck attack." The song titles emulate a sense of humor that has been done before (most notably by Piebald) - white guy rockers using urban slang - with "Knocking Boots" and "Team Straight Up." The band photo shows the band in their "catch" costumes (fashionable glasses, a tie, Cobra Kai looking costume). Mixed with the pensive attitude of the music, none of these elements seem to sync up with each other. The band should have instead been busy focusing on a way to sound less like Blonde Redhead or Enon and more like Malachi Constant.

Some sense of strength can be found in "Saigon Kick," "Explosive Height," and "Tanz." Out of the ten tracks featured, these three showcase an element of catchiness that is perpetuated throughout some form of variation between instrumental patterns (soft pattern A, build on pattern A, pattern B, hint of pattern A, pattern C, etc.). Many of the other songs simply repeat measure-long electric guitar and bass riffs or let loose on sauntering ideas with subtle note variations and drum patterns. The overall sound is further defined by delay, distortion and other filtered guitar elements, all methods to disguise the music as experimentally colorful or artistic but simply shrouding the fact that very little is being performed by the band members.

Malachi Constant attempts to match minimalist melodies and progressions with distinct, layered sound textures. However when few of your ideas are original, minimalism can turn into minimized levels of appreciation. With Infinite Justice that just might be the case.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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