The Great Bazaar is Subterranean Masquerade’s second full length album, it’s an eclectic mix of 70’s prog, Death metal, Jazz, and even some Middle Eastern flair. This truly international band, consisting of members from Israel, Norway, and the United States has created a stunningly original record. They have managed to combine many different musical styles seamlessly, creating a very unique soundscape.
The thing with many progressive bands is that that they can sometimes be challenging to listen to. Subterranean Masquerade has managed to push musical barriers while still making memorable songs. The group jumps between several musical styles with in songs, witch with a less talented band could come off sounding schizophrenic but Subterranean Masquerade managed to make the transitions seamlessly. The songs are full of memorable hooks that will warrant repeated listens.
The vocals on “The Great Bazaar” are an interesting mix as well. The clean vocals are provided by Kjetil Nordhus of Green Carnation and the Death metal growls are courtesy of Paul Kuhr from Novembers Doom. The juxtaposition between both styles adds to the already complex arrangements. They seem to play off each other well.
Subterranean Masquerade’s “The Great Bazaar” will appeal immediately to Prog fans. Those who lean more towards the more extreme side of metal may find the mellower sections a bit challenging, but I suggest you give this album a try it is well worth it. The performances are top notch and the song writing is refreshingly ambitious.