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Review: Masquerage - Breaking the Masks
Breaking the Masks

Label: Stormspell Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 34:01
Tracks: 9
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: May 26, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Breaking the Masks

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

I first ran across Finland's Masquerage around the time of their 2003 demo Only for Money... I was all about Power Metal but not particularly savvy about the Internet and never got much beyond the tracks the band made available on their website. Fast-forward 13 years, a few more demos and three albums and we have Breaking the Masks, a collection of re-recorded songs and covers released via Stormspell Records to showcase a new line-up. Musically, Masquerage is typically Finnish with great melodies, crunchy guitars and ample keyboards. There are some barn-burners and some mid-tempo tracks that remind me of a grittier Celesty, especially the vocals and vocal lines. There's nothing special about the covers so if you have the band's debut Work-Holic-Fool I'm not sure there's much reason to own this. If you don't own the debut and Sonata Arctica, Celesty, Axenstar and the like get your fist in the air, have at it. You can do far worse.

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