It kicks off with a riff of an instrumental track I can only describe as waves crashing on a cliff face (less dramatic descriptions are welcome) leading into the 1st single and video ‘The Jury’s Out’ a good rocking track with the thumping back line holding together the rolling riff and catchy chorus, a theme that’s carried on throughout this album. I guarantee you will be singing along to these choruses after a few listens. If your bag is Melodic riffs big catchy American choruses and thumping backlines this is for you. Lee McCusker has a good rock tone and plenty of emotion to his vocals, Aaron Hall on lead and Sam Buckthorp’s guitars chug along in melodic harmony to the emotive vocals held together by Liam Giles on bass and Kareem Mahfouz on the sticks.
Title track ‘Masquerade’, probably my favourite, starts off with a nice slow melody and vocal then kicks in with a good heavy riff repeating the pace back and forth.
Taking it up a notch on ‘Natalie’s Song’ with a heavier hook running through the track, this will I imagine become a real live favourite.
Move on through another couple foot tappers, ‘End Of Act One’ and ‘The Break’, you come to another stand out track ‘Open Arms’ with its atmospheric riff that obvious influences Alter Bridge, Shinedown or the Foo Fighters would be proud of!
Track 10 ‘Save me’ with its soaring chorus, you could just see yourself in the summer cruising the coast roads with the top down belting this out.
Or in my more modest world the windows open!
‘Holding on’ and ‘Alone With You’ finish the album off with that theme of confident mature vocals laden over those great rocking melodies.
You can hear the influences of the before mentioned Foo Fighters, Alter Bridge and Shinedown and I’m sure I even hear a few Bullet for My Valentine hooks.
Good album, good band and with the right break they have the tracks and choruses to get stadiums singing along; but for now lets settle for a hometown album release party at Lincoln’s Engine Shed on May the 2nd. A further tour and festival appearances to follow this year. Go check them out.
Words by Darren Thompson