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Masquerade - 1992 Masquerade

ARTIST: Masquerade
ALBUM: Masquerade
LABEL: Dino (Sweden)
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 1999, Empire, W-CD2044 * 2008, NL Distribution, 10054


LINEUP: Tony Yoansson - vocals * Thomas G:Son - guitars * Henrik Lundberg - bass * Marco Tapani - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gimme All Your Love * 02 Four Letter Words * 03 Our Time Has Come * 04 Sudden Love Affair * 05 Ride With The Wind * 06 Dawning Of The Day * 07 Le Baugeux De Triomphe (Instr) * 08 Wild Child * 09 Dancin' On The Edge * 10 Liaison (Instr) * 11 Justice * 12 All Night All Day * 13 Give It A Shot * 14 Lonely World

Swedish band very much stuck right in the heart of TNT/Def Leppard territory and boy do they have a potent mixture! Masquerade had been around with different lineups prior to this effort, and had a 10 track demo doing the rounds during 1990. Built upon the incredible vocal prowess of Tony Yoansson (a.k.a Johansson) and the sometimes stunning guitar work of G:Son (a.k.a Gustavsson), Masquerade finally came out with a deal in 1992 that saw them rewarded for their patience over the preceding years

The Songs
The TNT influence is very much the flavour throughout the 14 tracks on offer, and all in all, it represents solid value for money. For those who love that 'Tell No Tales' and 'Intuition' era from TNT, you will love Masquerade. I can't recommend some of these songs enough .. I mean the first 4 songs are just awesome. How can you go wrong with efforts like 'Gimme All Your Love', 'Four Letter Words', 'Our Time Has Come' and the memorable 'Sudden Love Affair'? Then there's the luscious melodic rock of 'Dawning Of The Day' the equally compelling 'Dancin' On The Edge' and the anthemic balladry of 'All Night All Day' which could very well be a Blue Tears track. Putting this CD on the deck again reminded me just how good this album was. It definitely is in the top 10 albums of the 1990's decade that's for sure. Now that's the good news.

In Summary
The bad news? Well .. Masquerade the band go and spoil it all by following Shotgun Messiah into grunge/industrial territory by releasing the god awful second album 'Surface Of Pain'. Great if your into that heavier side. Me? No way, my nose is definitely stuck in the heart of the rock! A pity really, but it's obvious AOR and melodic rock didn't do any favours for the Masquerade boys hence the shift to heavier climes. Times have changed lads .. any chance of a return to glory? Dare did it.

Masquerade - 1992 Sudden Love Affair

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#1 | bitchin heat on October 01 2008 01:54:11
Anyone know if this got a vinyl release??
#2 | gdazegod on October 01 2008 02:41:11
Hi BH, I'm pretty certain their original label Dino weren't into vinyl around about this time. I have the original CD, there is no mention there. However, I could be wrong. Someone in the retail industry in Sweden might know something the rest of us don't.
#3 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 17:59:35
I wish I had heard everything that TNT and Def Leppard had released up to this album.I read Saga in a review and was of course dissapointed.Yes expectations certainly can play a huge part in how one hears a record.I know you hate it gdazegod but after quite a few spins in the CD I let it go.I blame it on me owning far too many CDs.
#4 | melodiapositiva on June 19 2016 11:02:00
The best album tnt never made imho.
Everything is good in this cd, vocals, guitars, production and the songs of course .
Maybe the only thing weak are the lyrics, they have no sense!
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