Red Masque is a Philadelphia-based group inspired to the classics of
Vocalist Lynnette Shelley and bassist Brandon Ross were part of the original
line-up that debuted with the EP Death of the Red Masque (2001).
Half of Victoria and the Haruspex (2002) was taken up by
the 24-minute improvised jam Haruspex.
Feathers for Flesh (2004) upped the ante with its four lengthy suites:
House of Ash (12.07),
Yellow Are His Opening Eyes (14.47),
and Beggars & Thieves (9.38).
Fossil Eyes (ReR, 2008), recorded by a quartet with
drummer and keyboardist Brian Van Korn and guitarist Andrew Kowal,
focuses on shorter, albeit no less cerebral, songs.
The Spider is the Web creates a dense molasse of
operatic singing and forceful bass lines.
Carbon 14, that begins with the magniloquence of a Broadway musical,
displays an intriguing counterpoint of structured and chaotic sections.
The aggressive Polyphemus, with refracted and multiplied vocals,
is a charming detour.
Metamorphosis is too short at two minutes, and deserved more (absolute
The 13-minute The Anti-Man has a more conventional structure despite
its convoluted narrative ups and downs.
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