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Mass - 2007 Crack Of Dawn

ALBUM: Crack Of Dawn
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Loius D'Augusta - vocals * Gene D'Itria - guitars * Lou Spagnola - bass * Joey Vadala - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 It's You * 02 Crack Of Dawn * 03 Someday * 04 Empty Soul * 05 Hello * 06 Magic Train * 07 Monkey Brain * 08 Sweet Lady Jane * 09 Seven Days * 10 Castle * 11 Leaving You * 12 Who Am I



Massachusetts band Mass were recently featured here at GDAZE, courtesy of their 2010 CD 'Sea Of Black'. There's been a bit of discussion and admiration threads of this band on other various forums and websites, so I took the opportunity to look at one of their earlier albums. This one 'Crack Of Dawn' comes from 2007, released by Escape Music. We probably should've reviewed it at the time, but with so many releases coming across our desk, well one thing leads to another, and.. well you know the rest. Mass are blessed with a great singer in Loius D'Augusta and guitarist Gene D'Itria, but really, the band are solid all around. 'Crack Of Dawn' at the time was a sort of 'comeback' album for Mass, after releasing four albums between 1985 and 1989, plus a compilation CD in 1999 called 'Best Ones'.

The Songs
One of the interesting things with Mass as that they don't resemble any particular band. It's a credit that they have their own style, and refreshing in an era where 4 out 5 bands are a copycat imitator of someone else. Gene D'Itria sets the ball rolling with some heavy as horses riffing on 'It's You', but Mass aren't all about slamming the door shut in your face with bigger than big guitars. They display melody all the way through, and can be subtle and deft as evidenced on tunes such as 'Someday' and 'Seven Days', where they dish up a nice blend of uptempo radio rock in the vein of the Riverdogs, though this isn't their true calling judging by the material on the rest of the album. Mass excel at power rock, take a listen to songs like the title track 'Crack Of Dawn', 'Empty Soul' and the fiery 'Monkey Brain' for examples.

In Summary
As mentioned, the band have recently released 'Sea Of Black', and I reckon they sound even better than their 80's material. Mass are the sort of the band who would relish playing on the big stage, and if there were any concert promoters requiring a high-octane band to get things revved up at a festival, then Mass are your band. In the meantime, get acquainted with their two Escape Music releases, both well worth acquiring for your CD collection.

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