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09/11/2001 WE REMEMBER

"Fear is the foundation of most governments." - John Adams

"My family is more important than my party." - Zell Miller

Posted: Posted June 12th, 2017 by Famov

Today I received a CD in the mail. Let's take a look at it!

That sure is a gruesome image. It was evident upon opening the shipping parcel that what I received wasn't quite as advertised: The plastic surrounding the ostensibly "new" CD was a poor approximation of shrinkwrap, and the condition of the jewel case betrayed its gently used nature. You might think I'd regret the ten dollars I spent on it, but I don't. What matters to me are the sounds that disc can make.

As if the cover art wasn't indication enough of its lineage, these images leave no doubt that this is a rock and roll product from the 1980s. Look at that leopard print! But this band with a logo made out of razor blades is not merely an exercise in heavy metal. This is Italian heavy metal.

And it's hard to get more Italian than these guys, though I suspect I am giving up the game with this image. Max Numa looks like a pseudonym, but the rest of these names predictably assault the eye with vowels. And yet something here looks all too familiar. Lets' get a closer look at the gentleman with the big... sorry, biggest hair.

Anyone remember? I suspect Xhin does. I shouldn't be the only one, but then again it has been quite a long time: Hallowed is Masse's band, and this self titled album is (as far as I know) their only release. The back of this disc indicates that it was printed briefly in 2006, which lines up about perfectly with when I remember Masse first telling us that he was approached by a former bandmate with an offer to try and make a bit of money off their old record. For a while the entire album was uploaded to some euro metal archive site, but I'm pretty sure that's long gone. For years I toyed around with trying to track down the original vinyl release, but honestly it's just too much of an expense when it does manage to show up somewhere.

Anyway I just wanted to share this and see if anyone would recognize it. As with anything, this sort of music is from a particular time and place and it's not going to appeal to everyone, especially in 2017, but for my money I still maintain (much as I did ten years ago) that "Flight to the Moon" is their best song.

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God bless you Masse!

I like to think he continues to watch over us. One of the nicest, fairest, kind-hearted people I never met. He always seemed to rise above and be perpetually bemused by the conflict on the World forum, or any conflict for that matter. Did we deserve him? Probably not.

As someone who tried (and failed) to get a proper band going, I envy and respect Masse for being brave enough to create something and put it out there.

It's awesome that you tracked down and bought his record. What's it like?

Posted June 12th, 2017 by Smiling Apple
Smiling Apple

Honestly it's a lot of fun to listen to. Sometimes the quality of the English breaks up a bit, but it's part of the charm. And while I probably shouldn't be making comparisons but it's kinda like if Def Leppard traded in the sleaze for a bit more sincerity.

I found it on youtube!

Edited June 12th, 2017 by Famov

that's pretty metal, Masse

Posted June 12th, 2017 by Pink Peruvian Flying Bear
Pink Peruvian Flying Bear

It sounds like they were influenced heavily by Iron Maiden.

Posted June 13th, 2017 by Dr. Doom
Dr. Doom

nice trip down memory lane. i remember listening to this when masse first made it public knowledge. the italians certainly know how to rock.

Posted June 13th, 2017 by EN
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