Subterranean Masqurade is among many considered as Israeli’s finest world music oriented symphonic progrock/metal outfit. The band states, «It’s a long time that our new album Mountain Fever is ready to hit the road. While we are working on a plan to release it big to the world we decided to treat you all with a special performance for the track Ascend, originally taken from that album. All the instruments recorded it in our home studios while in quarantine. We hope that this track will find its way to your playlists and that will sweeten those crazy days. Share it, Spread the world, let’s win this together. Omer Fishbein mixed, Shai Yallin did the master and Yalon Schori edited the video».
Subterranean Masquerade was formed back in 1997 with an idea to mix progressive rock, doom metal and 70’s-inspired psychedelic rock, Subterranean Masquerade creates music with that edge of extreme metal and the loose atmosphere of Pink Floyd and Iron butterfly. While admittedly not such a pioneering idea on its own, the vision of freeing metal music from genre boundaries, wrapped by grand production is what often make the band’s music sound like a carnival of different colors and scents… a masquerade!
Subterranean Masquerade’s music first came into the world back in 2000 with a cover version of Peter Murphy’s classic Cut’s You Up. The cover, released as part of an 80’s metal cover compilation album, was recorded with guest appearances by Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates, Kobi Farhi of Orphaned Land and produced by Dori Bar Or from Eternal Gray.
The first official band release came in the form of a semi-acoustic two track EP (17 minutes long) entitled Temporary Psychotic State, this recording featured Paul Khur of Novembers Doom as the lead vocalist as well as JWW of Agalloch on bass guitar and Andy Winter from the band Winds on some of the keys and synths.
Released later that year by The End Record the EP was received with highly positive reviews from media and fans alike.In the midst of working on a full length album, the band entered the studio to record a Dead Can Dance cover track. Combining lyrics from several other Dead Can Dance tracks as well as lengthy instrumental passages, the band’s rendition of Summoning Of The Muse was featured on a tribute album released by Black Lotus Records.
Suspended Animation Dreams was released in 2005, «This was the most exhausting album I ever recorded… it brought oblivion to my personal life and took me to places I never wished to see., » recalls mastermind Tomer Pink. The album was mixed by Neil Kernon and have gained recognition as one of the most elaborated and accomplished metal albums ever recorded. Immediately upon completion of the album, Tomer Pink packed his life in the US and decided to go on a journey and travel the world, study the art of sound engineering and wait for the right time to come back.
In fall of 2016 the band performed a truly unique set at ProgPower Europe festival in Holland, receiving amazing praise by the media and fans presents. They also did a European mini-tour alongside Votum (Poland) and Chaos Divine (Australia), which put them in front of hundreds of new fans in Germany, Holland, France, Denmark and UK.
The full length, Vagabond mixed by Christer Andre Cederberg (Anathema, Tristania, Circus Maximus), combines all that one has come to love and expect from this band, and blends them with multiple new influences. Imagine what would happen should such bands as Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Opeth, In The Woods, King Crimson, and David Bowie all get together in one room – perhaps this is what it would sound like?