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Powergame - Masquerade

Powergame
Masquerade
by David Crossbowmen at 07 January 2019, 11:53 AM

POWERGAME have upped the heavy metal ante with “Masquerade”.  Releasing January 18th, 2019 through Iron Shield Records, POWERGAME bring their style of NWOBHM inspired metal to the masses. Having recently self-released their debut album “Beast on the Attack” back in 2015, POWERGAME make sure to increase the intensity with “Masquerade”. Opener “Legion of the Dead” comes out flying right out of the gate. It is clear that POWERGAME play modern heavy metal with waves of NWOBHM. Which is absolutely the atmosphere that is created in the entirety of “Masquerade”. “Lucid Dreams” builds up to with killer riffs that have an Iron Maiden quality to them. Singer Mätty brings highs that Kind Diamond himself would be proud of.

POWERGAME show they have a great sense of melody with “Puppets on a String”. All band members come together for a gang chorus that really makes this a stand out jam. “Powergame” is another solid song that brings many changes. However, at the heart of it, is a galloping explosion that compliments the solo. Something that stood out to me was singer Mätty because his voice is eerily similar to Jocke Lundholm (formerly 220 Volt).With that being said, “Final Warning” is a definite reminder that adding a good hook to grab the listener is imperative. Overall, the song is outstanding but the chorus is uninspired and brings it down. All is not lost because the instrumental “The Chase of the Falcon” comes at a perfect time in “Masquerade”. Highly infectious, this song really brings the thunder. The power of the riff compels you!

Baptized in Fire and Steel” is hands down the best song on the album. Powerful melodies and awesome harmonizing scream the best of the NWOBHM era. Title track “Masquerade” is another example of great songwriting for the most part, but lacking any memorable hooks. It is still worth checking out however as it does have an Iron Maiden-esque vibe going.  “Ghost Town” is one of the heavier songs on the album. Again, major NWOBHM vibes with a semi-acoustic interlude half-ways. POWERGAME end “Masquerade” with a familiar tune and kickass cover with “Blackout”. They absolutely hit it right out of the park with this cover. They did not mess with the formula and just made it heavier. Overall, this is a great way to the end the album.

POWERGAME are a bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on “Masquerade”. Overall, they write kickass songs, however, do lack solid hooks to really bring in the listener. That’s not to say that “Masquerade” is bad, because it is a rocking album. POWERGAME have a knack for writing solid songs with solid endings. Vocalist Mätty is outstanding, but this is definitely a team effort. For fans of Iron Maiden, Raven, Angel Witch, and NWOBHM.

Originality: 6
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Legion of the Dead
2. Lucid Dreams
3. Puppets on a String
4. Powergame
5. Final Warning
6. The Chase of the Falcon
7. For Those Who Died
8. Baptized in Fire and Steel
9. Masqerade
10. Ghost Town
11. Blackout
Lineup:
Marc Zimmermann - Bass
Mätty - Guitars/Vocals
Tobi -Guitars
Klaus-Gerald Fedeler - Drums
Record Label: Iron Shield Records
     


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Edited 18 September 2019
 

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