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Grand Masquerade, The - 2016 MMXVI

ARTIST: Grand Masquerade, The
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Freddy Claye - lead vocals, bass * Ivve Danelli - lead vocals, guitar * John Sebastian - guitar, backing vocals * Martin Rhyder - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 By My Side * 02 I Get This Feeling * 03 Those Days Are Gone * 04 Say You're Mine * 05 Live It Up



Cool name, cool image too. Sweden's The Grand Masquerade have bought some pomp and circumstance back into the melodic rock scene. Yes, it may look a little grandiose and pompous, but one could have said that about Queen (the music) and Crimson Glory (the image), so it's not completely new. Personally I love it, and this five track EP backs up everything TGM have going for them.

The Songs
Five tracks, and that's just for starters for this band. Opener 'By My Side' features Roxette like keyboards for an intro sequence. It then takes on a life of its own, with keyboards, guitars and rich vocal choruses all to the fore. 'I Get This Feeling' is a stomping slice of pomp rock, complete with big gang-chant vocals. 'Woah Woah' indeed. No stopping here, 'Those Days Are Gone' is an AOR anthem, while 'Say You're Mine' is a hybrid ballad, which reminds me of a few rivals. The chorus is a winner. The fifth and final 'Live It Up' is more of a guitar rocker, and even bows at the altar of Sir Robby Valentine, which can only be a ood thing right?

In Summary
The guy who has some known history prior to TGM is singer Ivve Danelli (real name Ivan Hoglund), previously with Pretty Wild, who were signed to Swedmetal Records and reviewed here a few years back. You can pick this EP as a download from the usual sources, though I'm unsure whether a physical CD is available at the time of writing. The Grand Masquerade - a band on the rise!

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#1 | Explorer on September 20 2016 21:10:56
This is right up my street. A full album from these blokes would be most welcome. Definitely a name to look out for in the future.
#2 | Explorer on September 21 2016 16:47:09
Physical copies of the EP are now available from the band. They can be contacted by sending them a PM on their Facebook page.

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