Subterranean Masquerade
Temporary Psychotic State


4.0
excellent

Review

by Per Ardua Ad Astra USER (30 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


This debut EP from Subterranean Masquerade brings to a light a type of music combining the likes of Pink Floyd with Opeth-like melodies and jazzy breakdowns that have not been seen before.
This bands features members Novembers Doom and Agalloch to create music that is the to the word 'weirds' fullest extent.

Lineup...
Paul Khur - vocals
Tomer Pink - guitars
Jake DePolitte - guitars & Bass
Tino LoSicco - drums

Tracklist...
Temporary Psychotic State (A Recollection Of Where It All Began)
Observation Through Metamorphosis

While this EP only has two tracks, it totals about 17 minutes in length of completely original music.

Temporary Psychotic State opens the EP with some circus type music with some acoustic, jazzy guitars dueling. This is a good underlining theme throughout the EP.
One thing that stands out through out the EP is the violin playing, while no violin player is listed in the lineup, there an almost constant violin going on. This gives the music a very nice edge, i really like this violin.

Under the music, there is a bit of keyboarding action, but nothing major at all. I can compare it to Ulver's later works, you don't notice it, but without it the music would be completely different.

The vocals for the most part are clean, doomy vocals.
Both songs take a few minutes to build up to the climax of the song, but when they do, it's well worth the wait. Containing more of a growl in the vocal department, epic violins, perfect guitars. It's a wonderful moment for music. Everything comes together perfectly at this point in both of these songs.

Observation through Metamorphasis has a similar song structure to the Temporary Psychotic state, but in my opinion this is a better song. Again starting off with jazzy guitars and epic violin playing. Again, the presence of trippy keyboards is there in the background.

This song brings about woman vocals, and the more metal side of Subterranean Masquerade. After a long buildup containing woman vocals, and some good acoustic guitar work along with some weird effects the song comes to it's climax (which can be downloaded here http://media.theendrecords.com/Submasq_temporary_extract.mp3 )
How much i love this part of the song is absolutely absurd. This is the climax of the album, before it finally ends on this note.

This album will appeal to fans of anything from trip hop to Opeth, here we have a wonderful creation of original music containing layers upon layers of music under very well crafted music. These guys really know what they are doing, and I for one cannot wait for the full length in 2005.

Overall, 4.3/5 only because it's an EP.
http://media.theendrecords.com/Submasq_temporary_extract.mp3



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Kingofdudes
August 10th 2005


294 Comments


I cant believe no one has commented on this yet. I agree with Per Ardua 100%, this is an awesome EP. They have such a unique sound, I think everyone should hear them.

Dancin' Man
August 10th 2005


719 Comments


This is a great EP. How long ago did he post this orginally? I wish he would come back and give us more great reviews.

Kingofdudes
November 23rd 2005


294 Comments


I would if I didnt suck at reviewing :-/

Shattered_Future
November 23rd 2005


1541 Comments


The intro to the first track is weird as hell, when the circus announcer guy comes in.

Good review as well. Kuhr is IMO one of the best American vocalists around today.

black\m/metal
January 18th 2006


24 Comments


Ah, why was my review of their other album deleted?

Kingofdudes
January 22nd 2006


294 Comments


The site crashed a week or two ago and all reviews after december 30~ish were lost.

niobium
September 14th 2006


238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really hope these guys never change. They have a really unique sound going, it sounds like nothing else right now.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 14th 2007


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't stop listening to these guys.

kalkal50
May 6th 2007


2386 Comments


Woah, just listened to this. Extremely good.

This Message Edited On 12.08.07

BallsToTheWall
January 31st 2009


44805 Comments


I have a major interest in acquiring this big time.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

Oji
April 19th 2013


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Chapter I: The day i woke up in the sanitarium.

I got the goosebumps at the back of my neck.



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