Subterranean Masquerade - Suspended Animation Dreams (The End) - Back
Well here it is... the new Tomer Pink/Paul Kuhr opus entitled, "S.A.D.". There is so much collaboration here, it ain't funny. Hmm, where to begin? The instruments on this album include: trumpet, sax, clarinet, flute, trombone, choirs, harmonica, Hammond organ, mandolin, electronics, vocals (of varied styles), bass, drums and of course, guitars (electric and acoustic)! I'm sure there are a few more I have failed to mention (sorry). Subterranean Masquerade are definitely of the progressive rock stature with some references to metal, whence the growling vocals and heavy riffs from time to time. This, however, doesn't really belong to any musical genre. The limits are stretched, challenged and defeated. The first track is a saxophone-driven jazz piece. The second track is more of that rock feel, but features some oddly placed textures such as the aforementioned growling vocals and some unique breaks. Some of the breaks may include an array of things. Such of these things may be: harmonica, sax or electric guitar solos, a switch of clean to guttural vox, variations of drumming and/or bass precisions, etc, etc. If you can think of it, they probably do it. The patterns… - well, there are none! I could go on and on all day, night and century. I would rather keep this review relatively to the point. SM are much like what Opeth or Porcupine Tree have grown to do, but SM aren't quite as predictable as them (haha, hard to believe). Basically, nobody has done anything quite like this before aside from maybe a New Age band that I've yet to hear. Experimental & Challenging! Check this shit out, one and all!!

Rating: 90

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell