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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Xtra (1:05)
2. The Quick and the Death (12:04)
3. The Harvest (6:44)
4. Hope (3:43)
5. Urban Names (15:05)
6. November (4:08)
7. Rupture (16:54)
8. Tres Hermanos (5:22)
9. Wherever... (8:10)

Total time 73:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Daniel Mares / bass, guitars, pedals, percussion, programming, vocals, effects
- Juan Mares / keyboards, flute, whistles, percussion, synthesizer, programming, sequencing, backing vocals, effects

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Mellow Records

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Review by apps79
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3 stars One of the significant bands of underground Spanish Prog in the 90's, evolving from the group Llewellyn, which was later renamed to Galadriel (no comparison with the more famous Spanish Prog band), formed around brother Daniel and Juan Maras in January 1988, who collaborated back then with bassist/guitarist Pedro Cordoba.By 1991 Mascarada had already recorded a couple of demos, surfaced as a regular five-piece group and received some good critics, but the core split then with the Maras brothers deciding to move on as a duo.With Mascarada unable to perform live anymore the duo focused on composing original material and two more cassettes followed, ''The town'' (1992) and ''The world Jones made'' (1994).During the summer of 96' a third cassette was taking shape, ''Urban names'', recorded at the OOH! Studios in Madrid and released in 1997.By the end of the year Mellow Records approaches Mascarada and the last cassette was remixed in early 98' and eventually released on CD in December 98'.

''Urban names'' is a cool, representive work of Mascarada's progressive palette over time, containing brand new pieces and revisited/reworked tracks from the band's previous tapes.Both brothers appear as multi-instrumentalists on this album with a great array of instruments, consisting of various keyboards, bass pedals, flutes, sequencers and effects among the usual instruments.The music is intricate, very dense and emphatic with both complex and more melodic textures, alternating between rich arrangements and dreamy soundscapes with a bit of dramatic overtones, always exploring the Neo/Symphonic Prog enviroment as established by MARILLION, DEYSS, YES and GENESIS.Unlike many bands of the style Mascarada used fair doses of flute and Mellotron among the expected synth flashes and their atmosphere became often extremely grandiose and symphonic with a dominant 70's aura.A total sum of 73 minutes with three compositions exceeding the 12-min. mark guarantee an instrumental heaven for all modern symphomaniacs, as the tracks are filled with dual keyboard lines in a diverse performance, which is characterized by plenty of interplays, nervous solos, some folky underlines based on accordion and flute and a rather theatrical, expressive vocal department.Unfortunately not everything works very well.The disturbing, accented vocals of Daniel Maras, the unacceptable drum programming and the sometimes synthetic sound of instruments take away much of ''Urban names'' depth.These factors could have been a disaster if the music was not so nicely composed and demanding with clever links between different atmospheres and a tendency towards rich, instrumental parts.

Apparently Mascarada ceased to exist despite the good critics.Juan Maras worked as a graphic designer, while his brother Daniel became a well-known author of sci-fic literature with numerous publishments.

Good document of Spanish Prog of the 90's and a file next to GALADRIEL, HARNAKIS or DRACMA.Nice, complex and lengthy tracks with below average vocals and drumming but some impressive executions to offer.Recommended.

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