|Review: Evil Masquerade - Third Act|
Label: Escape Music
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: May 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (10 Votes)
After leaving Wuthering Heights in 2003 Henrik Flyman created Evil Masquerade. Now if you haven't heard Evil Masquerade before, they bear a style very similar to acts such as Royal Hunt, Last Tribe, Time Requiem and Cloudscape. However Evil Masquerade are distinctly heavier and have a more soaring sound. This was their first release with Apollo Papathanasio, a singer a lot of people can't seem to get away with. Third Act displays one of Apollo's finest vocal performance, commanding a lot of power in his vocals which would be lacking in certain projects he worked on. The rest of the band is very tight, and of course Flyman deserves a mention for his tasty and playful style which really helps give the impression of "Theatrical Metal" a term the band and press alike seem to coin.
Third Act shows Evil Masquerade firing on all cylinders and pulling out all the stops. The production is fantastic and each player proves his worth throughout. Comparing the sound on this album as opposed to their previous release Theatrical Madness, it's easy to see that sonically Third Act is superior. However some of the tracks on this release can't quite match the previous one. Whereas Theatrical Madness was solid as a full album, Third Act bears the burden of a few fillers. After an actually pretty cool intro, the curtains drop and the title track takes the stage, soaring over the speakers with awesome riffs and a superb chorus. Next up is my personal favorite track, "Black Ravens Cry" featuring another immense chorus and a simple yet effective riff and overall song structure. "Far Away" is another highlight, as well as the cool riffage of "I'll Make You Burn". Overall Third Act proves itself as a damn good album that fans of the earlier mentioned acts and of course fans of Power Metal should take a look. Evil Masquerade are an awesome band and they certainly deserve more recognition. Recommended
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