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Review: Emissary - The Wretched Masquerade
The Wretched Masquerade

Label: Independent
Year released: 2022
Duration: 31:29
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: May 16, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)

There are a few bands by the name of Emissary listed on Metal-Archives, with this one hailing from the West Coast of the United States (Nevada and Oregon at different times in their history). They have existed off and on since 1989 and in 2022 they released their debut album, The Wretched Masquerade. They play a style of heavy metal that takes me back to the late '80s when the titans were still holding sway but bands trying some new things were starting to gain a little traction. They bring a bit of thrash riffing to their traditional songwriting and that means songs like "Hypochondriac" and "Out of Reach" make me think of acts like Mordred. I can hear some early Megadeth in the guitar playing and song structures in spots and they accurately recreate the somber atmosphere of Dokken's "Alone Again" on "Crash and Burn." I can't say any of the songs stand tall above the other but there are no duds either, so The Wretched Masquerade is a solid listen from start to finish. It may have taken Emissary a while to get their first album out, but it makes me hope it isn't the last we hear from them.

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