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The Red Masque



3.62 | 5 ratings

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4 stars I decided on a final rating of 4 stars for The Red Masque's debut release. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars, but decided that Death of the Red Masque deserved the extra star for its uniqueness. The Red Masque are an experimental progressive rock band with their own sound. Although I haven't read any interviews with the band, it's clear to these ears and my fellow reviewers that Larks' Tongues in Aspic vintage King Crimson is the starting reference point. A lot of The Red Masque's atmospheric music does indeed, as Warthur suggests, sound like it would fit very well in a horror movie.

This difficult music is very well-played; it's clear that these are musicians with a lot of experience. Lynette Shelley uses her dramatic alto voice very skillfully. My favorite track is probably "A Moon Falls", but I enjoyed all the music here. A lot of The Red Masque's music apparently starts as improvisations, and the finished product reflects that. My primary complaint is that the longer songs sometimes come off as meandering and repetitive. However, that is a minor complaint, and it's certainly less true of The Red Masque than other bands under the RIO/Avant Prog umbrella. Therefore, if you're looking for a change of pace and my descriptions raise your interest, The Red Masque is definitely worth your time.

thwok | 4/5 |


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