|Review: Rizon - Masquerade|
Label: Karthago Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: March 17, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
The cover art alone on Rizon's Masquerade should tell you all you need to know about the type of music contained within. The skeleton wearing a jester's mask and holding a flower against a colorful background just screams "melodic" Power Metal. The rest of the album screams "bland." From the less than thrilling songwriting to the dueling clean male and female vocals that both benefit perhaps a bit more than they should from a little studio help, Masquerade comes off as a stereotypical Power Metal album, one you've heard a myriad of times before.
The rest of the band is competent but no one gives a performance that lifts Masquerade up and separates it from the throng. There are no riffs, no keyboard flourishes, no solos, no nothing that make you want to go back and listen again. All the melodies and choruses sound like they were recycled from bands like Beholder and Celesty.
Power Metal fans will admittedly have a hard time finding things to dislike about Masquerade as it is not poorly performed. By the same token, those same fans will have just as hard a time finding many reasons to spin Masquerade multiple times, as it lacks the excitement of a really great Power Metal album.
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