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Golden Dawn:Masquerade

A stylistically restless collection of songs that bridges the gaps between gothic, black metal, neoclassical rock (Yngwie Malmsteen), progressive and even elements of various folk musics. At times, there are brief bursts of majestic Gentle Giant-like harmonies followed by atomic blasts of dark-of-night demonic growls; elsewhere there are supremely harmonized guitars, brilliantly executed lead runs (the solos on the title track and "Enthralled By Unknown Dimensions" are two of my favorite moments on this record) and a few somber acoustic passages of note.

All of this does indeed add up to an interesting (albeit somewhat slightly scattered) portrait. While Masquerade is not in any sense a perfect record, the intriguing melodies, fascinating harmonies and curious sensibility shifts are worth the price of admission. A band to watch.

Added: May 18th 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Napalm Records
Hits: 3404
Language: english

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