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Evil Masquerade - Welcome to the Show Review

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Artist: Evil Masquerade

Album: Welcome to the Show

Released: 2004

A mixture of styles and genres: Melodic Heavy Power Metal


This is a band from the great story-teller's land. Andre Andersen and Richard Andersson took part in this recording. These are the reasons why the band can't help playing music in fairy-tale and theatrical style. And the name of the band is the only suitable - Evil Masquerade.

Firstly, I'd like to make some general remarks - it's hard to find an album with such interesting arrangements, unusual backing vocals and original rhythm changes. There is also no doubt that guitar is the main instrument on the album in spite of famous keyboard players' participation. Almost all songs are hard, fast and highly energetic. Everything is based on heritage of classical composers, Royal Hunt and Yngwie Malmsteen. But there are a lot of their own good musical ideas on this album.

The first short instrumental track sets the majestic and disturbing atmosphere of the whole album.

The second song "Welcome to the show" is fast one and resembles a bit "Black Masquerade" of Rainbow. There is a splendid guitar solo in Spanish spirit here. There are also rhythm changes and interesting choral singing in this song.

The third track "The wind will rise" is like this of Royal Hunt by its tune (I mean Royal Hunt of Henrik Brockmann period) but vocal arrangements are more complex and guitars are heard very well. There are some good keyboard solos here.

The fourth track "Oh Harlequin" starts very tunefully, then fast and clear rhythm appears, then rhythm changes and interesting choral singing begins sounding, then sad melody arises and turns into fast one.

The fifth track "Surprises in the dark" begins with fast and interesting keyboard solo, then we can hear singer's voice. There are good guitar solos, rhythm changes and quotations from classical music on this track.

The next song "But you were smiling" starts from guitar riffs and stern voice, then interesting guitar solos and rhythm changes appear. And you can hear vocal skill of Brockmann on this track.

The seventh track "Children of the light" starts like typical cheerful song, it contains quotations from classical music, some fast guitar solos and backing vocals like those of Queen's song "Innuendo".

The next song "Lucy the evil" consists of acoustic guitars and beautiful and mysterious guitar solos. Refrain is very melodic, this song is slower than previous ones and it lets Henrik Brockmann demonstrate his vocal talent.

The next track "Badinerie" consists of choral singing and instrumental classical music.

The next song "Deliver us" starts slowly and tunefully. This track sounds majestically and sadly. Choral singing is inspired by Queen again. It also contains hard guitar riffs, rhythm changes and a beautiful guitar solo.

The last track "Evil masquerade" is a fast one with rhythm changes, interesting vocal turns and arrangements, choral singing a la Queen and good guitar solos.

Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:7.00 of 10
TOTAL:9.25 of 10

Reviewed by: Vera Drozdova /15.01.2005/

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