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Mythalogue

by The Red Masque

Avant Prog at its finest, riffs crunch out fevered labyrinths, time signatures create airborne origami and vocalist Lynnette Shelley's supple, full-throated attack seals it with a kiss. The Red Masque let loose a clarion call of art prog gravitas to all.
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1. The Blessing
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2. The Wendigo
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3. The Sirens and the Snakes
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4. The Dark Salt Sea
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5. The Curse
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6. The Minotaur
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7. The Labyrinth
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8. The Song for Icarus
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9. The Ruins of the Palace of Minos
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10. Polyphemus (Bonus) [Live]
8:59 album only
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11. The Hallowed (Bonus)
1:57 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Originally released through Beta-lactam Ring Records in 2013, "Mythalogue" is now available direct from the band.
Physical product is a custom book-bound gatefold CD with fold-out poster designed by vocalist and artist Lynnette Shelley

Original press release from BlRR:
With the first studio outing in five years from Philly's native avant prog wunderkind, The Red Masque let loose a clarion call of avant prog gravitas to all comers here. Scions to a subterranean continuum of stormy entanglements, the tendrils that entwine on these tenebrous tunes snake out from some very auspicious pods. On Mythalogue, they take a page from Red-era King Crimson and another from those that rode the more riff-centric faultlines of the 90's avant prog revival (Present, Happy Family, Thinking Plague, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) and fire the shredded results out of confetti cannons. Riffs crunch out fevered labyrinths, time signatures create airborne origami and vocalist Lynnette Shelley's supple, full-throated attack seals it with a kiss. This crew have been hoisted on the shoulders of some of Rock In Oppostion's most formidable figures, from their previous studio affair gaining release on Chris Cutler's ReR USA imprint to Mythalogue being mixed by 5uu's/Science Group member and avant prog magi Bob Drake. Little wonder, as the interzone of turbulent energies and high wire conniptions on hand here make plain The Red Masque's heir apparent status to this trajectory.

CREDITS: Special Guest: Thomas Hanslowe, Violin and Cello on "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos"
"The Minotaur", "The Wendigo", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus," and "The Labyrinth" written by The Red Masque; "The Sirens and the Snakes" by L. Shelley, B. Ross; "The Blessing" and "The Hallowed" by B. Ross; "The Curse" by L. Shelley; "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos" by N. Giannetti and S. Craig; "Polyphemus" (Live at the Fire) by B. Ross, L. Shelley and Brian Van Korn
All lyrics by L. Shelley except "The Hallowed" and "The Labyrinth" by B. Ross

All songs mixed and mastered by Bob Drake, Studio Midi-Pyrenees, Caudeval, France
"The Minotaur", "The Wendigo", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus," and "The Labyrinth" recorded / engineered by Mike Potter at Orion Sound Studios, Baltimore, MD in April and May 2012.
"The Blessing", "The Hallowed", "The Curse", and "The Sirens and the Snakes" recorded in Ambler, PA by B. Ross; "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos" recorded in Rockaway, NJ by S. Craig; "Polyphemus" recorded live at The Fire, Philadelphia, PA on May 1, 2011 by Kyle Graham, Fresh Produce Studios
Executive Producer: Jarmo Teräväinen;
Album Artwork by L. Shelley; Band Photography by David Pym

CREDITS: Special Guest: Thomas Hanslowe, Violin and Cello on "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos"
"The Minotaur", "The Wendigo", "The Dark Salt Sea", "The Song for Icarus," and "The Labyrinth" written by The Red Masque; "The Sirens and the Snakes" by L. Shelley, B. Ross; "The Blessing" and "The Hallowed" by B. Ross; "The Curse" by L. Shelley; "The Ruins of the Palace of Minos" by N. Giannetti and S. Craig; "Polyphemus" (Live at the Fire) by B. Ross, L. Shelley and Brian Van Korn
All lyrics by L. Shelley except "The Hallowed" and "The Labyrinth" by B. Ross



"Well, you couldn't class this as boring... I heard some accomplished playing and intriguing musical ideas. At one point I was reminded of Jefferson Airplane, then Stockhausen and here and there Velvet Underground with a bit of Alistair Crowley, XTC, Opeth etc, thrown into the crucible of boiling, fervent and sometimes a very scary sound. Given that I heard it through not the best speakers on the planet the production values sound dynamic and balanced. The guy who did the work most definitely has a feel for your stuff, good choice! I can also sense the connection through your art into this area of the virtually supernatural where your voice excels. Great stuff and well done. Good luck with it and thanks again for allowing me this sneak preview. I really hope it does well" - Glenn Goring of Comus

"Unfortunately: it’s all too seldom that an American rock band will come on to the scene, seemingly out of nowhere, to shake things up on some sort of musical level. Fortunately: we DO have The Red Masque, who have a penchant to do exactly that."
— Dave Kerman, drummer. former president ReR USA

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