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A
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Forgotten ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Fields of Flesh ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - If The Heavens Should Fall ]
[ A Covenant of Thorns - Hallowed Hallow ]
[ Aarktica - In Sea ]
[ Absurd Minds - Serve Or Suffer ]
[ Absurd Minds - NoumenoN ]
[ Absurd Minds - The Focus ]
[ Acretongue - Strange Cargo ]
[ Aenima - Sentient ]
[ Aeon Sable - Hypearion ]
[ Aeon Sable - Visionaers ]
[ Aeon Sable - Aequinoctium ]
[ Aeon Sable - Saturn Return ]
[ Aeon Sable - Per Aspera Ad Astra ]
[ Aesma Daeva - The Thalassa Mixes ]
[ Aesma Daeva - Dawn of the New Athens ]
[ Alio Die & Jack or Jive - Mei-Jyu ]
[ Alkemic Generator - Mechanical Reflections ]
[ Alkemic Generator - The Oniric Geometry ]
[ Alkemic Generator - Wishful Illusion ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - Redefine My Pure Faith ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - The Hours ]
[ All My Faith Lost ... - As You're Vanishing In Silence ]
[ An Danzza - Whispers of the Forest ]
[ An Danzza - Scintilla ]
[ An Danzza - Tierra De Andanzas ]
[ An Danzza - Canción de los Juncos ]
[ An Danzza - Last Autumn Tears ]
[ Anabantha - Sin Decir Adios ]
[ And One - Frontfeuer EP ]
[ And One - Bodypop ]
[ And One - Aggressor ]
[ Android Lust - Devour, Rise and Take Flight ]
[ Android Lust - The Dividing ]
[ Angelic Foe - Mother of Abominations ]
[ Angelic Foe - Oppressed by the Heavens ]
[ AngelTheory - Re-Possession ]
[ Angels & Agony - Unison ]
[ Angels & Agony - Avatar ]
[ Anima Virus - End of the Eden ]
[ Anti-M - Damage ]
[ Apraxia - Trite Permission ]
[ Arcana - As Bright As A Thousand Suns ]
[ Arcana - Emerald ]
[ Arcana - Raspail ]
[ Arcana - Le Serpent Rouge ]
[ Arcana - The New Light ]
[ Arcana - Inner Pale Sun ]
[ Arditi - Omni Ensis Impera ]
[ Artesia - Wanderings ]
[ Artesia - Chants d'Automne ]
[ Artesia - Hilvern ]
[ Arts of Erebus - On The Edge Of Insanity ]
[ Arts of Erebus - Dawn of the Dead ]
[ Ascii.Disko - Black Orchid: From Airlines To Lifelines ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Endure ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Bruise ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Compass ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Meta ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Binary ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Ground ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Storm ]
[ Assemblage 23 - Let The Wind Erase Me ]
[ Ataraxia - Llyr ]
[ Atrium Animae - Dies Irae ]
[ Attrition - The Jeopardy Maze ]
[ Attrition - Smiling, at the Hypogonder Club ]
[ Attrition - At the Fiftieth Gate ]
[ Attrition - 3 Arms & a Dead Cert ]
[ Attrition - In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts ]
[ Attrition - Tearing Arms From Deities ]
[ Aura Noctis - En Directo 2015 ]
[ Aura Noctis - Vitae Proelium ]
[ Aura Noctis - Itineris I ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Divinian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Eifelian ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Ablaze ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Shades Of Grey ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Riverine ]
[ Autumn's Grey Solace - Over the Ocean ]
[ Aythis - Glacia ]
[ Azoic, The - Corruption EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Illuminate ]
[ Azoic, The - Conflict EP ]
[ Azoic, The - Forward... ]
B
[ backandtotheleft - Obsolete ]
[ Beborn Beton - A Worthy Compensation ]
[ Behind the Scenes - Pure ]
[ Bella Lune - Tranzendance ]
[ Bella Lune - Secrets ]
[ Bella Lune - Ophelia ]
[ Bella Lune - Synesthesia ]
[ Bella Morte - Exorcisms ]
[ Bella Morte - Before The Flood ]
[ Bella Morte - Beautiful Death ]
[ Bella Morte - Bleed The Grey Sky Black ]
[ Bella Morte - Songs For The Dead ]
[ Bella Morte - As The Reasons Die ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Imagica ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Superstition ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Hide and Seek ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Imaginary Monsters ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Pins and Needles ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Walking With Strangers ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Violet EP ]
[ Birthday Massacre, The - Nothing and Nowhere ]
[ Black Nail Cabaret - Dichromat ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - These Fleeting Moments ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - The Rope ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Gril - Remnants of a Deeper Purity ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Halo Star ]
[ Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Tarnished ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Autumn Sky ]
[ Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols ]
[ Blank - Dark Retreat ]
[ Blank - Impact Zone ]
[ Blank - Artificial Breathing ]
[ Blank - Overhead EP ]
[ Bloodwire - Transformation ]
[ Blue Birds Refuse To Fly - Xenomorph Angel ]
[ Bow Ever Down - The Product Of My Pain ]
[ Braindance - Master of Disguise ]
[ Brillig - The Red Coats ]
[ Brillig - The Plagiarist ]
[ Brotherhood - The Other Side of Fear ]
[ Brotherhood - The Dark EP ]
[ Brotherhood - Turn The Gold To Chrome ]
C
[ Caelum Bliss - 1993-1999 ]
[ Carlo De Filippo - Di Indomito Incanto ]
[ Carol Blaze - I Killed My Love ]
[ Carphax Files - Revolutions vol 1: dirt ]
[ Carphax Files - Vengeance ]
[ Cathedral Park - Monument ]
[ Cell Division - Chymeia ]
[ Cervello Elettronico - Negate the Instigator ]
[ Cesium_137 - Intelligent Design ]
[ Cesium_137 - Luminous ]
[ Cesium_137 - Elemental ]
[ Chandeen - Winter Reverbs ]
[ Chandeen - Forever and Ever ]
[ Chandeen - Blood Red Skies ]
[ Chandeen - Teenage Poetry ]
[ Chandeen - Pandora's Box ]
[ Changelings - Debut ]
[ Changelings - Astronomica ]
[ Chiasm - 11:11 ]
[ Chiasm - Obligatory ]
[ Chiasm - Reform ]
[ Chiasm - Relapse ]
[ Chiasm - Divided We Fall ]
[ Chiasm - Disorder ]
[ Charlotte's Shadow - Hush ]
[ Cinderfall - In Memoriam ]
[ Claire Voyant - Lustre ]
[ Claire Voyant - Love Is Blind ]
[ Code 64 - Departure ]
[ Cold In May - Dark Season ]
[ Cold In May - Gone Away With The Memories ]
[ Collection d'Arnell-Andrea - Exposition ]
[ Collide - These Eyes Before ]
[ Collide - Two Headed Monster ]
[ Collide - Like The Hunted DVD ]
[ Collide - Live At The El Rey ]
[ Collide - Vortex ]
[ Collide - Some Kind Of Strange ]
[ Colony 5 - Buried Again ]
[ Colony 5 - Knives ]
[ Colony 5 - Fixed ]
[ Corvus Corax - Best Of Corvus Corax ]
[ Covenant - The Blinding Dark ]
[ Covenant - Leaving Babylon ]
[ Covenant - Modern Ruin ]
[ Covenant - Skyshaper ]
[ Covenant - Ritual Noise ]
[ Covenant - Northern Light ]
[ Creating.Paradise - Killing Dreams EP ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Immortal ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Birthday ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Dreamcypher ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Fortress in Flames]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Telemetry of a Fallen Angel ]
[ Crüxshadows, The - Ethernaut ]
[ Culture Kultür - Spirit ]
[ Culture Kultür - Reborn ]
[ Cylix - Alpha ]
Master of Disguise - Review

Master of Disguise This album is our first introduction to this group and their style of music. It's a great introduction too with 80 minutes of music across fifteen tracks. The diversity of the music is nearly as numerous as the tracks on this album, all with a progressive taste to them from progressive metal to progressive trance and everything in between. With the Sebastian Elliott taking the lead on the vocals, the artwork and much of the creativity behind the physical album he is joined by Vora Vor doing much of the compositions and instruments and they are joined by a number of guests and backing vocalists to create a powerful, well-rounded work.

This album is a concept album, so I feel it is best to listen to it from start to finish, and with the physical copy the listener can flip through and read the story behind the music along with the lyrics and get the overall theme of the album mixing written word with emotionally driven music. After the short instrumental introduction of "Unearthed" we're launched right into the single "Lost" which was my first introduction to this band with it's accompanying video. As the listener drifts along on the driving sonic waves of this album we're taken on a journey as many tracks mesh right into the next without much of a break with the driving beats and guitar creating a nice, cohesive feel. We're thrust immediately into the "Eye of the Storm" with it's driving metal and industrial elements and we're carried right into "The Game" that builds and creates a dynamic climax before fading off into a barrage of ambient soundscapes and background noise into the instrumental piece "Hunter and Hunted". While a few pieces have hints of movie samples throughout, several are composed entirely of these samples instead of actual sung vocals. This is the first of these though they remain something in the background compared to the two that appear later as "Dysphoria" and "Dystopia" which really have less driving music behind them, but are just movie samples coupled with ambient sounds and percussion that serve more as punctuation to the mix of samples. The samples are put together well to make sense with an overall theme and narrative and it's also fun to listen to the samples and pick out those familiar ranging from excerpts from Star Trek to Dark City and Braveheart and a hundred others.

These sample-ridden pieces form a sort of bridge between tracks or between album parts as the first trio of tracks form a driving onslaught introducing the character of the album. In between these tracks is the title track, the first of a trio which break the mold slightly from the previously heavily driven pieces to a bit more of a mid-tempo piece replacing much of the progressive metal elements with choirs and somber background music while still powerful and moving. After these pieces we're brought back to "Dystopia", the second of the sample-ridden pieces as we fade into another instrumental track "Written in Stone" that leads us to the "Valley of Kings" trio of tracks which really bring out the progressive metal elements with the lead guitar really coming out strong. These tracks really come out strong and almost over-powering, I think the listener has to be a in certain mood for the metal elements presented as it might be a little much for the casual listener, but those that love the stronger, more powerful metal elements will enjoy it as it caps off the album, bringing it all to a powerful close as we fade right into the finale "Entombed". This final instrumental piece combines cinematic ambient soundscapes with choirs and sounds of blowing wind and sand creating a vision of the album coming to a close as we close the door to this chapter and this album.

I've definitely had a lot of fun listening to and enjoying the full nature of this album combining the physical with the aural experience. Like watching a movie you wouldn't want to just listen to it, you like to see what's happening and so with this album you can do so if you pick up more than just the digital copy. This is a great work and a great overall experience, while the music isn't perfect, there are definitely some stellar tracks on this album, some great favorites that are dance-friendly and powerful and for me overall I really enjoy Elliott's deep vocals across the driving beats and grinding guitars. It's a great style that many fans of the goth-related music can enjoy, so be sure to pick it up.

Rating: 4/5



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