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Iron Mask: Master Of Masters
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Iron Mask: Master Of Masters

Melodic Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Formed by and featuring guitar virtuoso Dushan Petrossi, Iron Mask has been consistently delivering studio albums since 2002's Revenge Is My Name. Yet, it's been four years, the longest gap, since 2016's Diabolica. What hasn't changed is Iron Mask's revolving door for lead vocalists. Apparently a new album requires a new singer. Welcome Mike Slembrouck from After All and Immanent Distance, thrash and prog metal bands, respectively.

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While Iron Mask may change vocalists like we change dirty underwear, what has not changed is Petrossi's commitment to epic European power metal with his neo-classical guitar wizardry at the fore. There are additional musical elements to make arrangements more immense and bombastic like symphonic synths. But mostly the Iron Mask formula is simple: sharp riffs over a rambunctious rhythm section, some synth embellish, ramp up the speed and groove, add the vocals, and then lead everything to a feisty and soaring Petrossi guitar solo. Which, in turn, makes an Iron mask album easy to review.

Much of the aforementioned recipe is self-evident within Nothing Lasts Forever, Master Of Masters, Never Kiss The Ring, and Wild And Lethal. For perhaps some more rock groove in the rhythm, sample My One And Only and make your decision. Harpsichord like piano finds a place at the beginning of Dance With The Beast, but quickly gives way to a mix of power and heavy metal moved by Petrossi's rhythmic riffs. For a larger symphonic synth presence listen for Mist Of Loch Ness. Like Dance With The Beast it doesn't last, but yields to bombastic power metal. A symphonic ballad led by voice and acoustic guitar appears with A Mother Loved Blue, displaying Slembrouck's keen vocal versatility.

Most things considered, with Master Of Master, Iron Mask offers fans another album of their expected bombastic and entertaining power metal driven by Dushan Petrossi's exceptional guitar skills. Recommended.




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The Bottom Line

Most things considered, with Master Of Master, Iron Mask offers fans another album of their expected bombastic and entertaining power metal driven by Dushan Petrossi's exceptional guitar skills. Recommended.

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