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The Outcast Hall of Fame

by Evil Masquerade

This album makes you drift away to landscapes that were lost when DIO died and Iron Maiden turned their back on the glory days of the 80's. Featuring Mats Levén, Rick Altzi, Apollo Papathanasio and Nicklas Sonne on vocals.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Scandinavian Metal
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1. The Outcast Hall of Fame
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2. Death of God
3:59 album only
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3. Darkness (I Need You)
4:00 album only
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4. One Thousand Roses and a Lot of Pain
2:44 album only
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5. Lost Inside a World of Fear
4:31 album only
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6. The Spineless
5:29 album only
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7. Märk Hur Vår Skugga
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8. On No Way to Broadway
12:34 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
METAL TEMPLE
★★★★★★★★★☆

This band described as the Dark Minstrel Metal wildcard, was formed under the mysterious moniker of EVIL MASQUERADE in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2003, by the Swedish axeman Henrik Flyman after the demise of his past project MOAHNI MOHANA. After their acclaimed & excellent sixth release “Digital Crucifix” –published circa 2014- raising the quality level bar very up… In fact, since the early incarnation of the band including the exROYAL HUNT vocalist Henrik Brockmann in the line-up, the style was more or less the same, deeply rooted in the RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH/DIO tradition, now still evolving in the same sonic vein but this time perhaps updated by a more edgy temper!

Anyway, the EVIL MASQUERADE team continue their quest to perfection, and by creating a kind of concept album with specific impersonated character and reinforced by the obviously valid multi singers method, once again this diverse timeless melodic Heavy Metal is set in the dark Scandinavian mood, their weird and twisted universe is more than ever polarized around quirky colors, mostly darkened by the atmospheric tendencies related with mental disorder. The prestigious elated cast of contributing guest singers, deeply involved in “The Outcast Hall Of Fame” looks like a complete who's who of the talented contemporary Swedish scene or an exhaustive inventory of the best voices from the Nordic Lands!

The former MAJESTIC/FIREWIND singer, now frontman for SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Appollo Papathanasio (ancient EVIL MASQUERADE's main singer in the album “Third Act” in 2006 and for 2012’s “Pentagram”) makes his glorious return with also the usual suspects, such as ex-AT VANCE/THUNDERSTONE/MASTERPLAN’s Rick ALTZI (notably in a thrilling emotionnal interpretation in the great “One Thousand Roses And A Lot Of Pain”) and, yes absolutely, the almighty Mats Leven (TREAT/YJM’s RISING FORCE/CANDLEMASS) – easily reaching the rousing climax in “Darkness (I Need You)"- who both possess a great pedigree and a strong career as well as a well deserved international reputation for being rated rigorously as immense singers.

Another fact, that could be a revelation for a wider audience, is the magnificent input by young rising star vocalist Nicklas Sonne… Obviously by revealing again himself as one the best hope, an outstanding confirmation after his current superb works for MALRUN/SECTION A and to ratify my recent enthusiastic complete approval for the recommended CD titled “Excluded" by DEFECTO (9 out of 10). This young performer is once again under the spotlights of fame, ready to uphold with this new role as live front-man for EVIL MASQUERADE but mostly his stupendous ease in performing some of the finest vocals in the highlight tracks for this new concept-studio album by Henrik Flyman & Co… Really in coherence with my praise and as a validation of my expertise vision, indeed with another superb interpretations for both “Lost Inside A World Of Fear” and “The Spineless”, there is no doubt left about his future sucess with such a powerful musical potential. Veteran Danish musician, the legendary Yenz Leonhardt (STORMWARRIOR/LACRIMOSA/ex-GEISHA/ex-IRON SAVIOR) is also providing impressive backing vocals to lock the loop between the new generation and oldest talent from Scandinavia.

Henrik of course is the main man here, controlling directing and composing seven tracks, producing and of course playing some impressive lead guitar solos which are his natural prerogatives, but most of all, his priority is imposing his artistic vision, his mark, his sound, the same Melodic footprint that we found in his past bands like WUTHERING HEIGHTS, but also, in the the criminally underrated- ZOOL (like the recommended 2002 self titled album). Once again, I believe that the creativity is limitless here. The concept isn’t easy to catch at first, but the disc will slowly expose his coherence in an obscure density, a rollercoaster of dramatic sensations from Tragic moods/Creepy moments/Moody flavors/Cryptic philosophical meaning with complex stylistic variations (“Death Of God”) and a few unexpected schizophrenic structures (the epic "On No Way To Broadway")!

The album is superbly produced by Flyman himself in collaboration with the skilled mixing engineer and highly reputable Tommy Hansen (PRETTY MAIDS/HELLOWEEN/FATE/TNT/JORN) in his very own Jailhouse Studios based in Denmark; I think that you exactly know what to expect. The whole recording is enhanced by a smart savoir faire, set in an ultra dynamic yet organic and powerful sonic design! The funeral song composed in 1790 by Carl Michael Bellman is the most anguishing moment; this cover is a creepy number, which is sung only by the ex-MOAHNI MOAHNA guitar player Mister Flyman in his Swedish native mother tongue (surprising ! Even if CANDELMASS already recorded a version in English -“Epistle n°81” from famous “Ancient Dreams”- in 1988)

EVIL MASQUERADE is the best archetype of the first class Scandinavian Melodic Metal with theatrical antics quirky and baroque intercourse and a few psychedelic arrangements in the timeless aforementioned tradition of Melodic Doom. The perfect listening companion to this “The Outcast Hall Of Fame” could be the recent compilation "10 Years In The Dark" which celebrate and display the whole EVIL MASQUERADE history with an authentic and pertinent sense of sagacity in the running list selection.

The only low point in my humble opinion is the total absence of the latest skilled singer Tobias Jansson (SAFFIRE/THE LAW/ex-ANGEL BLAKE)in this recording…I believe it could have been very interesting to hear him confronted with the other lead singers, but I suppose that his defect was another wise and matured decision by visionary and mastermind Henrik Flyman. In consequence once again, his master vision was perfectly executed by this new team composed of old and new collaborators working in perfect unity under the flag of the Dark Minestrel!

Production: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9

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TBFM Onilne
★★★★☆

Denmark seems to be a completely untapped source of extremely good metal. Not only being the birthplace of a few of my favourite bands (Volbeat, Sybreed, Samael & Saturnus), but also the birthplace of the band “Evil Masquerade” who were formed by accomplished Swedish guitarist Henrik Flyman. He’s in good company by the sounds of it since Evil Masquerade are obviously heavily influenced by huge amounts of the classic 1980’s metal sound.

Their sound immediately brings to mind bands like Dio, The Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Deep Purple with chugging riffs draped in swathes of orchestral composition. There’s a fair amount of Richie Blackmore in the music, with its blues based choppy riffing and harmonious solos, but elsewhere, it feels like Henrik owned every classic metal album in the 80s! This is the sign of a band who walk the walk as much as they talk the talk! Vocally, the delivery of the vocals are absolutely nailing it on every track, and its not surprising with such talent as MATS LEVÉN (Candlemass), RICK ALTZI (Masterplan, At Vance), APOLLO PAPATHANASIO (Spiritual Beggars) and NICKLAS SONNE (Defecto) handling the vocal duties.

As a self produced album by Henrik Flyman just goes to show the dedication the man has to his art. There’s always one member of any successful band that goes that extra step to make the music sound as good as it can, and its a testament to the man that he’s managed to make it sound as huge as any of the contemporaries that he was influenced by. The end product is frankly outstanding! The mixing and mastering has been handled by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn) and should give you plenty of insight as to how polished and product is. Sound wise, it reminds me of latter (Tony Martin) era Black Sabbath with more keyboards, which is no bad thing!

Anyone who is a fan of that late 80’s/early 90’s Rock style is going to lap this up. In fact, this is a “safe” bet for anyone who is a fan of the classic metal style. Clean and balanced delivery and epic classic metal riffage overload. Its just the thing to listen to to break up the monotony of everyday music and has “class” written all over it. A tour with Avantasia or some such band would do Evil Masquerade a world of good, and if you’re attending the Breaking Bands Festival this year, you would be well advised to make the effort to witness this band live. Just sayin!

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METALIZED MAGAZINE
★★★★★★★★★☆

"A totally cool classic hard rock album with tons of delicious details and a progressive feel."

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METAL MESSIAH RADIO

After 10 Years in the Dark, Evil Masquerade is back with their seventh studio album "The Outcast Hall Of Fame". This offering proves once again how good the dark side of the metal force is! Joining the Evil Masquerade orchestra ( ★ HENRIK FLYMAN - guitar ★ DENNIS BUHL - drums ★ THOR JEPPESEN - bass ★ ARTUR MEINILD - keyboard) are vocal appearances by some of the finest voices in progressice and power metal, making this a very good sounding rock opera. Featuring the voices of Mats Levén, Rick Altzi, Apollo Papathanasio, Nicklas Sonne, Yenz Leonhardt(backing) and maestro Henrik Flyman.

One thing about Evil Masquerade is that each album is different from the next, since the very beginning, and on "The Outcast Hall Of Fame" Henrik Flyman demonstrates how the darkness descends, especially in the underground. With powerful songwriting and talented musicianship, this offering is a must-have for any fan of metal. The flow of this album is outstanding, and peaks with the epic "On No Way To Broadway" which embraces all the fantastic vocal performers appearing on the record, a truly fine work of art.

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O DAY ROXX
"Strongly Recommended"

"The Outcast Hall Of Fame" is the new album from Scandinavian combo EVIL MASQUERADE, their seventh effort, and to be honest, I only head some single songs from this band before.
Well, let me tell you that these vikings are raising the quality level bar very up in this fresh effort.

Denmark seems to be a completely untapped source of extremely good hard rock /metal. Not only being the birthplace of a few of my favourite bands like Pretty Maids or the early and unique Mercyful Fate, but also for Evil Masquerade, who were formed by accomplished Swedish guitarist Henrik Flyman.
He’s in good company by the sounds of it since Evil Masquerade are obviously strongly influenced by huge amounts of the classic '80 metal sound.

Their sound immediately brings to mind bands like DIO, Scorpions, Rainbow, Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath, and of course, Pretty Maids, with chugging riffs draped in swathes of orchestrated compositions. There’s a fair amount of Richie Blackmore in the music, with its blues based choppy riffing and harmonious solos.
But there's something new that seduced me in "The Outcast Hall Of Fame": Evil Masquerade has incorporated some kind of bombast akin Avantasia.

So, there's a lot of melody, but also we have a cast of impressive singers onboard (Evil Masquerade has not a permanent vocalist). The delivery of the vocals are absolutely nailing it on every track, and it's not surprising with such talent.
Mats Leven (Treat, Yngwie) shines on 'Darkness (I Need You)', Rick Altzi (Masterplan, At Vance, Thunderstone) delivers a thrilling emotional interpretation in the great 'One Thousand Roses And A Lot Of Pain', Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, Firewind) on the title track, while Nicklas Sonne delivers a stupendous performance on 'Lost Inside A World Of Fear', an outstanding confirmation of his talents after his recent work with Section A.
All sing together in the highlight of the album, closer 'On No Way To Broadway', a brilliant composition with various sections.

As a self-produced by Henrik Flyman just goes to show the dedication the man has to his art. There’s always one member of any successful band that goes that extra step to make the music sound as good as it can, and its a testament to the man that he’s managed to make it sound as huge as any of the contemporaries that he was influenced by.
The end product is frankly outstanding. The mixing and mastering has been handled by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn) and should give you plenty of insight as to how polished and product is.

Anyone who is a fan of that late '80s to early '90s Scandinavian & European hard/metal style is going to lap this up. Clean and balanced delivery and epic classic riffage with top class vocals. The whole recording is enhanced by a smart savoir faire, set in an ultra dynamic yet organic and powerful sonic design
Its just the thing to listen to break up the monotony of everyday music and has class written all over it. A tour with Avantasia or some such band would do Evil Masquerade a world of good, and if you’re attending the Breaking Bands Festival this year, you would be well advised to make the effort to witness this band live.

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METAL FOREVER & METAL MAN
★★★★★★★★★☆

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SEIGNEURS DU METAL
★★★★★★★★★☆

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