We’ve decided to do a release schedule countdown for all the releases that came out in 2015 on Mass Media. Some releases are still available while others are sold out, nevertheless they all have a special place in our hearts.
Masquerade “Blood is the New Black” 12″ officially released around the 1st of the year 2015.
Photo by our friend David of Transylvanian Flag
Masquerade “Blood is the New Black” 12″ – Masquerade are from Helsinki, Finland they had released a demo in the summer of 2013 that was highly sought after and received some acclaim in modern deathrock circles. We were super excited to hear new recordings by Masquerade and most people had thought that they had broken up since they went through multiple lineup changes as the lead singer Suzi became known as difficult. We were happy to hear that they indeed continued on and had what we thought was a great follow up to their demo. The production value and aesthetic were on point and with Suzi working hard at maintaining a solid lineup and continually touring throughout Europe and eventually the US in late August 2015.
Official music video for “Needle Through a Bug” off their Demo.
Official Music Video for “All Things Hurt” off Blood is the New Black 12″
Masquerade live in Wroclaw, Poland at Return to the Batcave Festival 2015
For me Suzi is Masquerade she commands an audience similarly to Siouxsie Sioux, the same moves, vocal abilities, and fashion. Masquerade is no doubt informed by the Banshees and that is exactly what I love about them. It’s like if the Banshees made a new record and that is precisely why I love this record so much. It’s also probably why some people don’t like this record or are critical about it.
Masquerade live in St. Petersburg, Russian 2015
As noted Masquerade toured the Western US in August 2015, they were supposed to play San La Muerte Fest in San Antonio, Tx. and decided not to for logistic purposes. That was a real shame because they would have been a great fit and the shows that they did play in California were poorly attended unfortunately. Years ago if a band from Finland was touring the show would have undoubtedly been packed because it was a touring band from Finland. That’s just not the case anymore, it’s becoming harder and harder to get people to come out to shows, it’s like the movement has gone back to it’s infancy.
Suzi of Masquerade / Virgin in Veil 2015
The “Blood is the New Black” 12″ was released in Finland on Fight Records and in the US on Mass Media Records. Limited red vinyl is only available for the US version. It can be ordered direct through us HERE
Masquerade are still playing and have just finished working on a follow up to the “Blood is the New Black” 12″. Their new release will be released in Finland on Fight Records and they are currently looking for a US label to release it here as well, so contact them if you want to release it. Here is the official video for “Panic Paranoia” off their upcoming release in 2016.
You can follow Suzi on TUMBLR HERE
You can follow and contact Masquerade on Facebook HERE
You can buy Masquerade’s “Blood is the new Black” 12″ HERE
Next up Sierpien to be continued…