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With the first studio outing in five years from Philly's native avant prog wunderkind, The Red Masque let loose a clarion call of avant prog gravitas to all comers here. Scions to a subterranean continuum of stormy entanglements, the tendrils that entwine on these tenebrous tunes snake out from some very auspicious pods. On Mythalogue, they take a page from Red-era King Crimson and another from those that rode the more riff-centric faultlines of the 90's avant prog revival (Present, Happy Family, Thinking Plague, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and fire the shredded results out of confetti cannons. Riffs crunch out fevered labyrinths, time signatures create airborne origami and vocalist Lynnette Shelley's supple, full-throated attack seals it with a kiss. This crew have been hoisted on the shoulders of some of Rock In Oppostion's most formidable figures, from their previous studio affair gaining release on Chris Cutler's ReR USA imprint to Mythalogue being mixed by 5uu's/Science Group member and avant prog magi Bob Drake. Little wonder, as the interzone of turbulent energies and high wire conniptions on hand here make plain The Red Masque's heir apparent status to this trajectory.
released May 1, 2013
Brandon Lord Ross: bass, keys, moog, theremin, vocals
Lynnette Shelley: lead vocals, percussion
Nick Giannetti: guitars, vocals
Steve Craig: drums, percussion, vocals
Special Guest: Thomas Hanslowe, Violin and Cello on "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos"
"The Minotaur", "The Wendigo", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus," and "The Labyrinth" written by The Red Masque; "The Sirens and the Snakes" by L. Shelley, B. Ross; "The Blessing" and "The Hallowed" by B. Ross; "The Curse" by L. Shelley; "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos" by N. Giannetti and S. Craig; "Polyphemus" (Live at the Fire) by B. Ross, L. Shelley and Brian Van Korn
All lyrics by L. Shelley except "The Hallowed" and "The Labyrinth" by B. Ross
All songs mixed and mastered by Bob Drake, Studio Midi-Pyrenees, Caudeval, France
"The Minotaur", "The Wendigo", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus," and "The Labyrinth" recorded / engineered by Mike Potter at Orion Sound Studios, Baltimore, MD in April and May 2012.
"The Blessing", "The Hallowed", "The Curse", and "The Sirens and the Snakes" recorded in Ambler, PA by B. Ross; "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos" recorded in Rockaway, NJ by S. Craig; "Polyphemus" recorded live at The Fire, Philadelphia, PA on May 1, 2011 by Kyle Graham, Fresh Produce Studios
Executive Producer: Jarmo Teräväinen;
The Red Masque is a dark art rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 2001 by bassist Brandon Lord Ross and vocalist
Lynnette Shelley, the band has had many incarnations over the years. The Red Masque currently consists of Ross and Shelley along with Jim Harris on Drums, and Scott Weingarten on guitars....more
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