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Masqued The Light in the Dark Sleaszy Rider Records Album review

The Light in the Dark

Sleaszy Rider Records

Album review by Allyson Kingsley Music Journalist with Boston Rock Radio

 

My sidekick Nina has again sent me a gem of an album to review. Masqued is a progressive/power metal band hailing from Houston, Texas. They formed in 2014 out of the remains of Houston based local band Z-lot-Z with Eric Halpern, guitarist (Helstar,Leatherwolf), Shane Dubose, bassist and keyboardist Adam Rawlings. They recruited John Allen, drummer (Testament, Sadus), Drew Creek, guitarist (Meyvn) and vocalist Steffany Johnston. Their album The Light in the Dark is now available via Sleaszy Rider Records (Greece). The album was produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Vicious Rumors) with additional tracking by Brian Baker (Toadies, Garbage). Now that we've set the introductions we get to the good stuff.

 

I'll start by saying that the sound production is crisp and as clear as glass. The drumming throughout the album is immense. I'm not much of a keyboard connoisseur but Adam does an amazing job and add the hefty weight of all the guitarists’ massive chords and solos and the bassist’s rhythms, the whole is terrifically complete. Steffany has a beautiful range to her pipes, very enchanting and smooth. Nothing is forced; she sings from deep within her. If you dig the likes of Blind Guardian or Angel Nation, you'll definitely appreciate the art that is this album.  “Bullet by Bullet" has a beautiful little intro before it grabs your senses full force.  “The Light in the Dark “ epitomizes her vocals to the max depth.  I found the album perfectly fitting for my drive through the snow filled areas of northern Rhode Island , creating the perfect ethereal backdrop to winter's otherworldliness.

 

http://www.masqued.net/

 

https://m.facebook.com/masquedmetal

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5-waQ_Ma0TU

 

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