Release on 5 Dec 2012 by Art Performance Production (ArtP018)
Produced by Mikael Lundin and Maze of Time
Mastered by Lars Rosin
Reviewing Maze of Time's previous album, MichelF wrote on ProGGnosis : "I think it is a band to watch in the future, their second album is, in my view, much better than the previous one. If the tendency continues, the third could be a great album".
Even though I did not get my hands on Lullaby for Heroes, I'm pretty sure that Masquerade Show is a step forward for this very good Neo Prog Sweedish band.
The tracks on Masquerade Show are clearly what I consider to be traditional Neo Prog, made famous by bands like Marillion, IQ, Arena and others. Maze of Time do not try to reinvent the genre, but gives it their personal falvour. They manage to do it, but don't expect any great revolution (or even evolution) of this musical genre. Lead singer Jesper Landen has a voice and style that is very much in unison with the more famous Neo Prog vocalists (Fish, Peter Nichols, Nad Sylvan...) and the keyboards (well played but with very little soloing) also sound pretty normal for Neo. One of the main strenghts of Maze of Time is the guitar play of Robert I Edman. He has Steve Rothery qualities and his playing really supports all the song on this very good CD.
Traditional (yet original), well written and composed Neo Prog is not that easy to find these days. Maze of Time is certainly a the top of the field of newer bands playing this musical genre. If you are a fan of the bands I listed in this review, do yourself a favour and check Maze of Time out.