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Masterlast - Master of Self
What do you do when you want to be a student at a drum academy which unfortunately turns out to be way too expensive? Indeed, you’ll get an acoustic guitar and start to write your own songs. That is what Lizza Hasen did, which resulted in her first contacts in the music industry at the age of 18.
Just after I’ve listened to ‘Master of Self’ for the second time, I come across the information that Hasen is also a member of Mahavatar which seems to make sense. Masterlast can be described as heavy metal with an underlying, dark sphere in it. Although the machines create the ambiance of the album, it’s all about the guitars when talking about the heavy component. Think of the melodic parts of Nashville Pussy with a fat heavy undertone and darker vocals.
Although I’ve heard nothing but good stories about this band I must advise you to listen to the album before making up your mind. I Ache is a logical opener and Wake up Today is the absolute highlight of the album with Arabic influences and a brilliant melodic breakdown but there is too much of a distinction between the first half of the record and the second. Whereas ideas on the first half seem to have been worked out more in detail, the second part seems to be full of fillers, songs you only want to have one or two of on an album. Highmax is actually a weird creation of dull screaming and a boring guitar loops whereas Shout Your Way Out is a real misfit for a final song. The attempt to slowly fade away is pretty bad.
Try to put your ears to this one and decide for yourself. I’m sure that a show of thirty minutes by Masterlast will be overwhelming but in the end, similar bands mostly support acts.
Masterlast - Master of Self
65/1001Details Escapi Music
Released on Friday Sep 29th, 2006
Heavy Metal

Writer @CarpeSiem on Saturday Sep 23rd, 2006

Tags: #Masterlast
Tracklisting 1. I Ache
2. Wake up Today
3. On the Line
4. Think of the Day
5. Whore Yourself
6. Run Far From Me
7. Monkeys
8. Highmax
9. Don\'t
10. Challenge You
11. Shout Your Way Out
Line up Lizza Hasan-Vocals
Val Glauser-Guitars
Will Valentine-Bass
John Macaluso-Drums