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Mass - 2010 Sea Of Black



ARTIST: Mass
ALBUM: Sea Of Black
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 207
YEAR: 2010

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LINEUP: Louis D'Augusta - lead vocals, Gene D'Itria - guitars, backing vocals * Michael Palumbo - bass, backing vocals * Joey 'Vee' Vadala - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Falling From Grace * 02 All The Years Gone * 03 The Right Side * 04 Coming Home * 05 Thru The Rain * 06 All That I Needed * 07 More Than A Friend * 08 Justify * 09 Ashes To Ashes * 10 Till We Meet Again * 11 Captain jack (instr) * 12 Sea Of Black

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WEBLINKS: www.massrocks.com


Background
These Massachusetts home boys seem to have been around forever. Despite the name, imagery, lyrics and professional association with Stryper and Michael Sweet, I think we can discount the religious connatation that has dogged this lot since the 80's. I'm guessing that 'Mass' actually stands for Massachusetts! lol! Having made a 21st century comeback after a long tenure during the 80's which resulted in numerous releases and a deal with Enigma Records, Mass are now doing their own thing, and have been with UK label Escape Music since 2007, and their debut for that label: 'Crack Of Dawn'. They've recently landed their second effort for the label called 'Sea Of Black', and it's 80's hair metal with all the best bits coming to the surface. Produced by Martin Kronlund, Escape Music's nominated in-house producer, this is a cracking piece of hard rock!


The Songs
It's on the heavier tracks that Mass truly stand out. They rip straight into it with 'Falling From Grace', a track etched from the diamond hard face of John Sykes and Blue Murder. It's fast paced, and features some hot shredding from guitar ace Gene D'Itria. A great scene setter! Louis D'Augusta soars over the top on 'The Right Side', in fact, they sound a bit like Texans Stride on this one, heavy, prog-metal sounding even. 'Justify' is a five minute slamming session, while 'All That I Needed', 'Ashes To Ashes' and the title track 'Sea Of Black' pull no punches either. The boys dabble in some acoustics on 'All The Years Again', a cowboy melodic rocker akin to Ron Keel's former band Ironhorse, or perhaps Tattoo Rodeo, and they get very close to AOR territory with the shimmering harmonies of 'Till We Meet Again'.


In Summary
There are a lot of good moments here, and it's one of Escape Music's better releases for 2010. If you've seen this band on any number of websites but haven't become acquainted with them, do so now. Check this fine album out! Hmm, I think a history lesson on Mass is now required.


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