Album: Masquerade Show
Label: Art Performance Production
Review: Diego Camargo
Thoughts: Maze Of Time is a Swedish band that has been together since 2001 and that has Robert I Edman (guitars and vocals), Jesper Landén (vocals), Jan Persson (bass), Alex Jonsson (keyboards) and Thomas Nordh (drums) in its line-up. In Masquerade Show (2012) they also had help of Björn Öhman with backing vocals.
Masquerade Show (2012) is the band’s third album, all of which had been released on Art Performance Production label.
Masquerade Show (2012) is my first contact with this Swedish band and right in the beginning we can see that this will be a really interesting Heavy Prog/Symphonic album.
After a short intro called ‘3-angle’ we have this epic, 10’37 minutes long track ‘Masquerade Show’ that gives the album its title. There are so many twisting and turnings on this songs that it’s almost impossible to name them all. Just brilliant!
Now, a great opening track and a downhill after that is very common on many records, but I can honestly say that it’s not Maze Of Time’s case!
Next track ‘Pandora’s Box’ is even better! There’s a good melody for you to sing along, there’s the catchy chorus, there are numerous backing vocals and on top of that a tight instrumental. Second great track in a row!
The follow up there is the instrumental ‘Dark Matter’. This one is a bit more Space Rock, more room between the notes, less heaviness on the guitars in general but still keeps rocking till the end.
‘Mile By Mile’ gives continuity to the slower tempo tracks. Basically a ballad that made me think of a mix between Queensryche and Iron Maiden!?!
Now, the next track ‘Mountain Of Madness’ is an incredible adaptation of the novel of the same name written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1936. Heavy, full of twists and really interesting.
After a nice piano ballad (‘Next Morning’) we have a very climatic and somber track named ‘Mean Messiah Man Machine’. What helps it to be so gloomy is the low bottom of the band with Jan Persson’s bass lines, fat and groovy!
‘Predator’ is the next track, it begins with an eastern melody full of wha-wha pedal effects and soon it turns out to be really weird (in a good way) and nice track with some strange chords in the verse but with a chorus you can sing together with.
‘Humanoid’ was the song chosen by the band to close Masquerade Show (2012). This isn’t a bad song but it isn’t the strongest one as well. Despite having great verses I find the chorus too plain and not very interesting.
All in all, Masquerade Show (2012) is such a great surprise! All along the album Maze Of Time shows us an astonishing writing skill with a terrific production and musicianship.
This is an album that will please any Heavy Prog ears for sure!
The band was included in our Podcast #31 and you can listen 'Pandora's Box' HERE.