The Clockwork Dolls is a “Neo Victorian Electronica with a hint of Steampunk” band based out of Baltimore, Maryland. I recently stumbled across some of their work in an attempt to find a better Steampunk radio than Radio Riel (I haven’t found one yet, updates to come as soon as I find something). This band stands out to me because I love their particular blend of opera and rock. I’ve always been a big fan of “symphonic goth rock” in the vein of Within Temptation, Kamelot, and Nightwish. The Clockwork Dolls are a short airship flight away from these bands.
Their album, Dramatis Personae, is the story of a young woman who determines to leave the confines of her life and become a airship pirate. My favorite song is “Blades of Autumn,” the song that narrates her attempt to convince her childhood friend to join her as a sky pirate. I love the sound and the lyrical imagery.
You can listen to some of their tracks from Dramatis Personae on the MySpace page… just skip past the “Don’t Stop Believn'” cover (don’t ask me, I don’t know why it’s there) to sample some of the tracks, including Blades of Autumn. If you like what you hear, you can purchase the album here on Amazon. I do hope that they can improve some of their live performances, some of the YouTube videos of their live work is less than impressive. Don’t let this turn you away from the album, I just think that there is a bit of room for improvement in that regard. You can look them up yourself if you care to do so.