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Madness In Mask
Released: 2014, Pure Steel
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Moonlight Circus is an Italian epic/power metal band. They are coming back with a brand new album, their second effort, MADNESS IN MASK, after their first release which was a shock to the power metal senses. Now, they try to expand their music borders to other genres.
After the one and a half minute classical overture, “Follia”, the first track of the album, “The Duel (Back From The Edge Of Time)” begins in grandiose fashion with an epic/classical build reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen in the music and use of choral voices. The construction of the song is masterful, all the different sections fitting together to form a true power metal that Dream Theater, Blind Guardian and Stratovarius or any of their peers would have been proud of. It’s an opening track of an album from a band who sound like they have a point to prove.
In addition to the first track, there are many other standout moments; “Mountains of Madness” has at least three top quality riffs and sounds like a surefire hit single or as close to one as a progressive / power metal band can get to such a thing in a world of commercially produced fluff. “Winter Masquerade” sees Emanuele Cendron channelling the spirit of Michael Kiske over some dark brooding guitar work, giving an impressive performance. “Lords of Sands” deserves admiration for the name alone, the most emotional moment of this record beginning like a ballad-esque track to end like a powerful heavy song keyboard laden. “Twilight Sky (Children Of The Rainbow)”
and “Wind Of Solitude” are ‘cinematic’ enough to give a soundtrack type in the album.
Fans of BLACK JESTER, WARLORD, ADRAMELCH, LABYRINTH or KAMELOT would like this release. MADNESS IN MASK is not a classic epic/power metal album, but the band has all the good elements and qualifications to create their own masterpiece. This album is suggested for serious power metal fans.
2.The Duel (Back From The Edge Of Time)
3.Moutains Of Madness
5.Lord Of Sands
6.Twilight Sky (Children Of The Rainbow)
7.Wind Of Solitude
Emanuele Cendron – Vocals
Paolo Viani -Guitars
Gianluca Tassi – Bass
Daniele Soravia – Keyboards
Salvatore Bonaccorso – Drums
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