Brilliant Progressive hard Edged Rock, Third Act offers everything from slow, Black Sabbath reminding tracks to really fast, neo-classical, Malmsteen inspired tunes Brilliant Melodic and progressive, fresh yet familiar sounding metal. NIGHTMARE RECORDS is gearing up for the EVIL MASQUERADE fourth album coming in 2008 and in doing so are going to release their third album to NORTH AMERICA and begin to build the bands presence here. Though this album was released in Europe and Japan in 2006, this album is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT and has gone relatively unnoticed in our Territory says Nightmare owner Lance King. Here are a few review snippits from the European media (ROCK REPORT -Henrik Flyman, known for his work with Moahni Moahna and Wuthering Heights, and company. The disc largely exceeds its predecessors! Recorded at Jailhouse Studios by Tommy Hansen and Flyman himself with Apollo Papathanasio on vocals. Keyboards were done by guest musicians Richard Andersson (Space Odyssey, Time Requiem) and David Rosenthal (Rainbow, Whitesnake, Steve Vai, Red Dawn). The bands progress on this album is remarkable. Papathanasio voice is much more impressive and versatile than Brockmann and the song material is of a very high and constant level.
One difference with the previous albums is the fact the band has a new vocalist. Former shouter Hendrik Brockmann choose for a solo career and it did not take long before the band found a new singer in Apollo Papathanasio. Band-leader Hendrik Flyman recently heard from his friend Richard Andersson from Time Requiem that his vocalist was not in the band anymore and maybe would be interested to continue his singing in Evil Masquerade. Not a bad choice in my opinion, this Apollo dude has a very wide vocal range and with much diversity he does a real good job in bringing a big deal of extra to the great compositions on this record. This is an album full of real musicianship; every instrumentalist knows exactly what to do make this an interesting album. They really know how to impress the listeners with their wise and intelligent instrumental mood-changes. The music is the kind of melodic progressive metal that could easily amaze the fans of this genre. And all this the band has put onto a disk with eleven classical strong songs and will never give you one dull moment. One big highlight is an awesome tune called 'I'll Make You Burn' reminding me lot of the better 'Black Sabbath' songs of the 'Headless Cross' period. Great riffs and great vocals, delicious guitar-solo and a fine driving rhythm. This album goes into the CD player of my car to give me good company as I am about to drive on the south of Germany to go to the Bang Your Head Festival. Well, the banging of my head can start as soon as I drive of and the new Evil Masquerade album will hit its first notes… --LORDS OF METAL / Rating 91/100
You find mid-tempo, up-tempo, melodic riffs and cool solos and catchy choruses, this is the recipe which works on Third Act so wonderfully. Nothing really remarkable has changed, and that's good. And again this is not exactly true... because there is a new man behind the microphone of Evil Masquerade... no other than the fantastic singer Apollo Papathanasio and he is doing a great job here on Third Act . But let s not forget Thor Jeppesen (Bass) and Dennis Buhl (Drums). Splendid rhythm-section. At last but certainly not least... I tip my hat to bandleader Henrik Flyman, who once again has written powerful songs that hits just where it hurts. I hope that he will provide us with Theatrical Metal for years to come. Recommended tracks: Third Act , "Black Ravens Cry , Descended from the Grave and The Final Goodbye . --POWERMETAL.dk / Rating 90/100