Golden Dawn - Masquerade

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Golden Dawn-Masquerade Strictly limited Digipack edition!

"We often read that black metal stagnates on many levels. Well fortunately, there are bands that are innovating and tempting to crossbreed some styles with self-assurance and fervour to remain over the average. GOLDEN DAWN has managed to stand out in 1996 with their first album The Art of Dreaming. It's only six years later that we are entitled to a second opus from this Austrian band, an amazing album called Masquerade.

From Silent Inferno presenting a rather original gothic black metal with death and melancholic vocals moving on to the instrumental Doomsday Celebration with its harpsichords and its Blind Guardian powered folk side, it's a very rich musical journey in diverse sounds and a very refreshing composition approach. The title track Masquerade is a truly way out of boredom as there is so much variation with cosmic breaks, folk passages making its way towards gothic paths printed of classic. It's really necessary to listen to this piece a couple of times in order to assimilate all the hearing treasures. For the originality side, Vintersorg would be a good comparative factor especially for the track Enthralled By Unknown Dimensions which reminds a bit this tortured creative spirit.

GOLDEN DAWN rocks us on a short medieval instrumental track A Memory's Reflection before continuing with Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, a baroque title cutting off from the volcanic energy of the album. This title sees female vocals taking the front and the band repeats this formula on the last song of the album, Angel, which stays in the same quiet tempo as the two previous ones.

The mastermind behind this band is Stefan Traunmuller who, apart from composing everything, handles the keyboards, vocals as well as of some guitar parts. He is helped by Sebastian Reiter on bass and lead guitar, Karim E. Kienzle on lead and rhythm guitar and Moritz Neumer on drums.

Masquerade is an essential album for all great lovers of good innovative music presenting a very successful mixture of different influences. Hats off!

(Review by Rick, The Metal's Den -

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Label: Scarecrow | Item Code: NPR 116 | Country: Austria | Year: 2002 | Genre: Black Metal

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