Evil Masquerade
Third Act

Release date: July 21st 2006
Label: Escape Music
Distribution: Bonnier Amigo
Provided by: Zink Music

Theatrical Heavy Metal

Rating: 90/100
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Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: July 15th 2006

One of my favourite Metal acts Evil Masquerade formed by bandleader Henrik Flyman is back with their third album called “Third Act”. After the fantastic debut album, “Welcome to the Show” (2004) and the just as good, “Theatrical Madness” (2005), my expectations were very high to this brand new release.

Are they fulfilled? –Yes they are. But I must admit that it took this album several spins in my CD-player before I was hooked. Okay, a few songs like, “Third Act”, “Black Ravens Cry” and “Descended from the Grave” did hit me right away, but songs like “Far Away”, “I’ll Make you Burn” and “Under the Surface of Water” was somehow a little different that what I was use to from Evil Masquerade.

I found those three songs a little too slow and not above average at first, but after a while they opened up to me… and now I like the whole album a lot. There is just something about the music of Evil Masquerade… it makes me feel good.

You find mid-tempo, up-tempo, melodic riffs and cool solos and catchy choruses, this is the recipe which works on “Third Act” so wonderfully. Nothing really remarkable has changed, and that's good. And again this is not exactly true… because there is a new man behind the microphone of Evil Masquerade… no other than the fantastic singer Apollo Papathanasio and he is doing a great job here on “Third Act”. But let’s not forget Thor Jeppesen (Bass) and Dennis Buhl (Drums). Splendid rhythm-section. At last but certainly not least… I tip my hat to bandleader Henrik Flyman, who once again has written powerful songs that hits just where it hurts. I hope that he will provide us with “Theatrical Metal” for years to come.  

Recommended tracks: “Third Act”, "Black Ravens Cry”, “Descended from the Grave” and “The Final Goodbye”.