Released: 2006, Escapi Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Escapi Music should get credit for signing unknown acts to their label. Masterlast is yet another debuting band on Escapi Music that was formed by Val Glauser and Lizza Hasan in 2004. It’s not an easy task to describe what this New York-based quintet plays but as far as I can hear it’s a strange mix of heavy and aggressive metal combined with industrial/tribal/ethnic metal. Yes, it’s a different musical style, but that’s the best description I can give you. Masterlast combines influences from bands like Sepultura, Nine Inch Nails, Arch Enemy, Marilyn Manson, Morbid Angel, and Depeche Mode, so you can understand that I had problems describing and relating to the music. Different and original, yes, but the fact remains: if you flirt with too many people you end up going home alone, and so is it in this case. They should have stuck to one genre instead of many.
The 45-minute album feels like twice that, and many of the songs are too plain to leave an impression; it all becomes blurry because of all the different music styles. A really bad sign is that when I took the album out of the CD player I couldn’t remember one single song.
There are five songs of the eleven that aren’t awful. These are “I Ache”, “Wake up Today”, “Whore Myself”, and “Run far from Me”. The production works well, and the guitar play is really hard and riffing. The lead singer Lizza Hasan sometimes sounds like an angry Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy), and that’s a good thing. MASTERY OF SELF is an album you should buy if you want to have a musical challenge, but this is not an album for me. Sometimes the album surprises me but not enough to make it the whole way.