Subterranean Masquerade

Vagabond

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Release Date: 1st September 2017
Record Label: Vicisolum Productions
Total Tracks: 9
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I was introduced to Subterranean Masquerade shortly after the release of The Great Bazaar in 2015. It’s an album that features a fine selection of well crafted progressive metal songs, which let the Middle-eastern origin of most of the members shine through. So, when given the opportunity to review their new album entitled Vagabond, I quickly took it.

Vagabond stays within the same musical spectre of The Great Bazaar, but adds layers to their warm and soothing sound. Everything takes at least a step up, and becomes more coherent and approachable. The songs might not strike a nerve with you at first listen, but once you’ve taken the time to take it all in, it becomes a fine collection of original and challenging progressive metal.

Subterranean Masquerade operates with two vocalists, and they supplement each other really well. When you have a fully integrated brass player in the band who is given plenty of room to shine, you know the sound is not like any other progressive metal band these days. The album builds and builds up until it reaches its climax with the magnificent ‘Hymn of the Vagabond’, where they throw everything they’ve got at you! To close out the album we get a fine rendition of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’.

I am sure fans of Between the Buried and Me, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Amaseffer, and Orphaned Land will enjoy Vagabond as much as I have, because this album really offers something you won’t come across very often these days: unique sounding progressive metal.

Good one!

Tracklist:

1. Place for Fairytales (6:53)
2. Nomad (5:56)
3. Ways (4:41)
4. Carousal (1:52)
5. Kippur (6:56)
6. Daled Bavos (4:41)
7. As You Are (3:05)
8. Hymn of the Vagabond (7:35)
9. Space Oddity (6:15)

Playing Time: 47:54
Line-Up:

Kjetil Nordhus - Vocals
Eliran Waitzman - Vocals
Tomer Pink - Guitars
Or Shalev - Guitars
Golan Farhi - Bass
Matan Shmuely - Drums
Shai Yallin - Keyboards
Ilan Arad - Brass

Kenn Jensen
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When I kicked this site off back in 2003, I had no idea that it would turn into what it has become. I am very proud of what we've done and achieved over the years. Musically I have a soft spot for 80s inspired hard rock, but my favourite music and bands are all to be found in the progressive universe these days.

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