Friday, June 19, 2015

"Masquerade Infinite" review by Synthemra.RU

Album rating: 8

(out of 10)
Original review page here (Russian):

"It can be fairly noticed that the Polish post-industrial scene has become a quite independent subject on the big dark music arena long time ago, and it has – if we consider the national dark electro industry in particular – an absolutely natural capability to dazzle the audience with such perspective and ambitious music brands such as H.Exe, Switchface, Controlled Collapse, Traumatize and many other gifted names. Pertaining to the young music project Cold Therapy, which is presenting its new conceptual album titled "Masquerade Infinite", it can be said that, being the protégé of sunk into oblivion Traumatize project, this solo-formation is doing its best at the creative level to look not like a faceless but an artistic and original band within the tight segment of its music market.

By involuntarily comparing the new album with Cold Therapy’s debut release "Embrace the Silence", one distinctive feature of "Masquerade Infinite" strongly stands out: "Masquerade Infinite" is a heavily internal, dramatically disclosed and depicted, as well as excessively slow-pace music material, consisting of its individual images, metaphors and allegories. We can argue that there is much more author’s attention paid to creative and artistic interior of the album, rather than to its technical content. There are no hard-beat and club-oriented anthems typical for the debut disk, such as "Embrace the Silence" or "Lost your way"; there is no specific music dynamics or clear music arrangements associates with many other conventional dark electro bands; instead, "Masquerade Infinite" – is a slowly pulsating electronically-abstract requiem that, perhaps and possible, refers to some personal feelings of Cold Therapy’s frontman Jacek Wolanski. Undoubtedly, some quick and absent-minded learning of the new album of the Polish virtuoso might create an illusion that the music stuff is undeservedly and extremely patient and lingering in its music self-disclosure and its emotional self-expression; additionally, there is some subconscious perception that "Masquerade Infinite" would rather successfully fit some autumn and typical melancholic setting. Nevertheless, on the other hand, speaking in simple and teenager’s terms, you can naturally have a ball from discovering this psychotropic theatrical play, if you are to listen to "Masquerade Infinite" with a thoughtful and serious approach, coming down the tracklist like descending the steps of a spiral winding staircase down to the dark and gloomy world of own subconscious mind. Within this slow wandering across hazy and obscure islands of your consciousness, it is possible to distinguish special album hits, such as "In Excelsis", "Wer Bist Du?", "Illusion" and the most energy-bringing song titled "Suicide Solution".

As a matter of fact, such a non-ordinary album by Cold Therapy is a hard topic of objective and one-side judgment. As it turned out, "Masquerade Infinite" has become an album of pure context and subjective human mood, which means that its aesthetical perception lies beyond some "bad" or "good" criteria.  It is hard to recommend listening to album to those fans of dark electro who appreciate the genre for its dancefloor qualities or for some sophisticated technical performances and songwriting techniques. Probably, "Masquerade Infinite" will meet the interests of those listeners who, at the certain period of life time, are eager and willing to dive into the theatrically-arranged and fictional environment full of human tragedy and spiritual melancholy. At the end of the day, it certainly feels that Cold Therapy has brought some small particle of the experimental approach to the music composing and, eventually, deals with a risk of facing some opposing reactions and contradictions within our sub-cultural audience. Still, it is nonetheless a pleasure to realize that the new release has been designed inside the halls of such non-trivial and non-trend thinking.

Score: 8/10"

- Review by Roman Alyoshin / T:ERROR: