Subterranean Masquerade

Experimental/Post Metal

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3.71 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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1. Temporary Psychotic State (A Recollection Of Where It All Began) (7:22)
2. Observation Through Metamorphosis (9:58)

Total Time: 17:21


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Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Kuhr / vocals
- Jake DePollite, Tomer Pink / guitar
- Jason William Walton / bass guitar

Additional personnel include:
- Susan Naud / vocals
- Ben Warren / keyboards, electronics
- Tino LoSicco / drums

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CD The End Records (2004)

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Review by avestin
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4 stars A short EP, but what great music!

The first chapter of the trilogy of an individual named X. It begins in his room, number 63, where he tells us his story abut his madness, his desires and hallucinations. And the music that he plays fits this mood so perfectly, you feel as if you are with him in his mind. You can feel his agony, his tormented soul, his psychological scars caused by the woodpecker in his head.

This band is the brainchild of Tomer Pink who wrote here the lyrics along with Yishai Swaerts (An Israeli metal figure and previously vocalist for Israeli metal bands Nail Within and Moonskin). Pink surrounded himself with very good musicians in order to achieve the best possible result, which he has. Every note here is carefully thought of, planned and carried out in a very good manner.

The first song starts with a tune that sounds as a park show amusement theme. Then you hear an acoustic guitar greeting you in, and a slightly mad voice welcoming you. Then the music starts and the violin makes sure you understand you have entered into a hall of insanity. The vocals at first are clear and "normal" and in the second part of the song change to death growls which are Paul Kuhr's specialty (He is the vocalist of Chicago's doom band November's Doom). The music flows on perfectly; creating weird, disturbing soundscapes that along with the lyrics make you wonder where the hell it is that you have wondered into. At about 4:20 begins the part that leads to the climax of this song. The lyrics and the music together create an effect that surpasses anything each one alone could have achieved. And then Paul switches to death growls singing abut his Psychotic State of Mind. His voice/growls just points out how much disturbed X is, and in how much pain he is. The music itself is so beautiful, making you sympathize with X, feel sorry for his pain.

Then the second song, starting again acoustically with the violin's perpetual company to warn us, this insanity is not over yet. In here we hear Susan Naud's beautiful vocal performance that perhaps personifies X lost love and his memories of her. Then the music changes again its style to the last part which is a cry for help.

The music is somewhat eclectic in that, that there are many genres blended perfectly into one composition. You get rock, metal, some folkish tunes (which the violin creates) and other bits of other styles - the result is progressive music that keeps on evolving all the time, not resting in its place, searching for more ways of developing and original.

The music is beautiful, the musicianship very good, the emotions expressed are overwhelming. A brilliant piece of work.


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Review by UMUR
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4 stars Temporary Psychotic State is the debut EP from US progressive metal act Subterranean Masquerade. The two song EP was released in 2004 and has a playing time that says 17:21 minutes. I must admit that when I saw the name Subterranean Masquerade the first time I was instantly turned off. I thought to myself that it was a really foolish name and I imagined a bad Dream Theater clone. This is fortunately as far from the truth as possible and Iīm really glad that I decided to give Subterranean Masquerade a chance after all because this is truly a unique and very eclectic band.

The music defies catagorization as there are both elements from acoustic folk and rockīnīroll to death growls and extreme metal and everything in between. What can be said about the music is that it is slow building and very interesting. There are lots of different parts in both songs and they never get boring or repetitive. The vocals from Paul Kuhr are really great. He adds a lot of emotion to the music. There is some really great violin playing in Temporary Psychotic State (A Recollection Of Where It All Began) which is the first song on the EP. Female vocals also appear in the second song called Observation Through Metamorphosis. The music is generally not very metal orientated but when the metal parts do appear they are pretty heavy with growling vocals. Itīs actually pretty confusing music but also really unique and exciting.

The musicianship is excellent and I especially enjoy the great vocals from Paul Kuhr and the intriguing acoustic guitar riffs.

The production is excellent in the parts with acoustic guitar but not as good in the heavy parts. Those parts are a bit thin sounding and lacks bottom IMO.

I can only say that this is one of those very rare times where I have actually found a truly progressive and unique band. I honestly canīt tell you who have inspired Subterranean Masquerade because their sound is so different from anything else. A really exciting choice if you want to hear music which explore new ground. A deserved 4 star rating IMO. Iīll be looking forward to listening to their full length debut from 2005 called Suspended Animation Dreams to see if the eclectic style holds water for the duration of a whole album.


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2 stars Conclusion for the start: this is very nice music and I think you like it! If this is the aggressive mood of Subterranean Masquerade, I thought I would skip their album Suspended Animation Dreams, because this is quite mellow. Maybe the other album has focused better on that side and it has got ... (read more)

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