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Antemasque - Antemasque

by Brian Lange. Rating:7 Release Date:2014-07-15

Welcome, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López, and Dave Elitch, the members of Antemasque. This is the new project from the former At the Drive-In and Mars Volta members, and you can certainly tell. Flea guest-basses on the record as well, so the funk influence is evident. With members like that, it’s hard to imagine not liking this new band.

With a combination of genres such as progressive rock, jazz-fusion, and post-hardcore, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this new experiment. You could even define this music as punk, although seems to encompass and meld such a huge spectrum of musical genres and influences. 

You will find Bixler-Zavala’s folky, ambiguous and sometimes outwardly cryptic lyrics mirroring that from his work with TMV. There has always been an underlying religious theme, perhaps in a somewhat unordinary sexual way, to his lyrics as well. This isn’t meant to be - nor does it come across as - preachy, but there is something interesting about its presence. 

So many bands or musicians attempt to branch off and broaden their horizons. It certainly doesn’t work more often than it does. It’s fair to say that if you like ATDI and TMV, you will more than likely enjoy this record.

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