Solid songwriting - we can attest this to the debut album of Antemasque in any case. Behind this logo lies the reunion of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, formerly The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In. But what do these two big players of creative rock with the steamed down College-Punkmeets-Sleaze-version of their in the long run unbreakable musical partnership want to tell us? We can do things differently. As if there had ever been any doubt. But does this statement alone justify this calculated descent into mediocrity? The musical terrain on which they now let off steam is much better mastered by others. One waits incessantly for the flash of the former conceptual audacity, but what is superfluous in vain is faded out of this collection of ten short songs. Hard to say how one would judge the same album if ORL and CBZ had recorded it under pseudonyms. But history can't be undone. Here, two Titans sell far below their actual value.
Top Track: Ride Like The Devil's Son