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Fade to Black

by Evil Masquerade

Denmark's finest prog metal/neoclassical.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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1. Lights Out
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2. In a Dungeon Close to Hell
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3:32 album only
3. The Darkness Within
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3:51 album only
4. Hollow Soul
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3:40 album only
5. Different Shades of Black
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3:13 album only
6. Powertools
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3:42 album only
7. The Ultimate Game
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4:19 album only
8. Desire and Pain
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9. Diamond Dust
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10. I Believe in Sin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Performed by :
Henrik Flyman - guitars
Apollo Papathanasio - vocals
Daniel Flores - drums
Johan Niemann - bass

Special guest;
Tony Carey - keyboard (Rainbow, Solo)

Mixed at Jailhouse Studios by Tommy Hansen
Mastered: Jailhouse Studios by Tommy Hansen.
Produced: Henrik Flyman
Written, arranged & composed by: Henrik Flyman

Evil Masquerade is back with their Fourth album “Fade to Black” and the band has never sounded better. This fourth outing is a fantastic release of creative song writing and musicianship, all wrapped up with a faultless production. Bandleader and guitarist Henrik Flyman has outshined himself once again and made this album a force to be reckoned with.

Some line-up changes have taken place since their previous album “Third Act”. The bass player is now Johan Niemann. In addition Drums are now handled by the very competent Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye). Apollo Papathanasio (ex Time Requiem) is retained as vocalist, a very wise move as he has such a great presence and is perfect for the job.

Keyboards are supplied by very special guest Tony Carey of Rainbow fame and this extra touch polishes the already finely tuned sound.

Henrik Flyman who plays the guitars has also, once again, produced the album. The resulting finished product has given the band a heavier approach and the band is up there with the big players. What you have here is huge crunching melodies, lush keyboards and a solid rhythm section, the experience of Daniel Flores shines through at an early stage. The production is heavy and supports the music just right. Mixing and mastering credits goes to well-reputed Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn, TNT) and you can easily hear why he is in such high demand.

With “Fade to Black” we get to see Evil Masquerade flourish and raise their profile once more to a level that should rocket them to higher places.


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Andrew Preziosi

Fade to Black (Evil Masquerade)
Prior to "FtB", I considered Evil Masquerade a "good, solid" 2nd rank Euro (Melodic) Metal band. "Theatrical Madness, was what I considered a "breakout" CD, placing them up there with Iron Mask and Black Majesty, but the "Third Act" left me a bit...limp, mainly because I thought the new vocalist was not quite there and it set the band back a bit.

With Fade to Black though, all that has changed, the band has found it's niche and the performances of all the members is tremendous.

Apollo P's voice now "fits" EM perfectly and rhythm section is quite tight, but I think major kudoes have to go to Toney Carey, because, something in his approach must have kick started Henrik's "Inner Ritchie Blackmore", because the traditional EM sound was almost sidetracked by some of the best "Deep Purple/Rainbow" like sounds I've heard in years!

Fade to Black kicked butt and rocked, while still maintaining it's trademark sound and spirit, everything clicked and I hope Henrik and Company continue down this path from now on.

Again, thanks to Tommy Hansen's engineering talents and Tony Carey's inspirational keyboards, Henrik and Evil Masquerade are now at the very top of the 'second rank" of European Melodic Power Metals bands and I honestly think that this album will propell them into the front ranks in the very near future.

Evil Masquerade is now one of THE bands to follow, they've found their heart, soul and sound and nothing can stop them if they follow this recipe for success!

Four Stars...without even blinking!