Following on from 2016's The Cursed Travails of the Demeter EP, Masquecelebrates a bolder edge mixing more visceral and vicious aural assaults with a foreboding and obtrusive atmosphere throughout the 36 minutes of the recording.
The album title reflects the myriad masks we as human beings hide behind and the cover represents what is ultimately left once the mask of flesh is finally removed. Whether pauper or opulently venal, the end is the same for us all.
Thematically, the album reflects two different strands of storytelling, with Side-A adopting a starkly defiant tone throughout. Side-B then takes a moodier assessment of the obsequious venality that governs the world we inhabit and inherit. The conclusion of this being the mass industrialized slaughter of much of Europe's young in the great war.
Masque is a direct statement of purpose by VIRCOLAC and is the culmination of half a decade of steadfast belief in the continual relevance and importance of Death Metal.
Masque Track Listing
2. Tether & Wane
3. So I Hang From a Wretched Tree
5. Snake Among Man
6. The Long Trail
7. End of a Beginning
NH - drums
BMC - guitars
JK - bass
Laoghaire - vocals