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Friday, March 27, 2015

ARCTURUS / La Masquerade Infernale (1997)

Listening to La Masquerade Infernale conjures images of a theatrical, costumed ball taking place during a lunar eclipse, populated with people in grotesque animal masks who indulge in all kinds of icky vices at the drop of a hat. It's an almost vaudevillian exploration of what 'metal' can be. In plainer terms, the words 'avant-garde' and 'Norway' will tell you some of what you need to know.
The dissonance and daring semi-operatic vocal style will alienate many hardcore fans, but those that connect to the madness will likely still love it even after they see through the veil and become more familiar with its inner workings.

Songs of Note: Master of Disguise; La Masquerade Infernale

4 painted horrors out of 5

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