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Mask of Lies by Mindmaze
Released: Feb 2013
Label: Mindmaze
This female-fronted Allentown, Penn., foursome is progressive less in terms of zany time signatures than of wanky solos. There's a "Cosmic Overture," too -- how prog can you get? Most songs check in around five or six minutes, a length the Carl Orff-ish vocal backup and conflicted forecast of coming end-times battles in "This Holy War" put to best use. "Dark City (Dreaming This Life)" and "Destiny Calls" go longer and heavier, with new age oceans, seagulls, fancy ballet music and gang choruses to help. Much of the rest suggests Evanescence or Flyleaf gone '80s metal.
CHUCK EDDY