thehappymask are a 1 man band from Russia that mixes post black metal with post rock and shoegaze and this is a review of t heir 2013 album "Ruines" which was released by Domestic Genocide Records.
Drum programming ranges from slow, mid paced beats, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording, as for the synths they bring a very dark, atmospheric and ambient sound to the music.
Rhythm guitars range from slow to mid paced riffs that combine black metal with post rock and shoegaze to create a sound of t heir own mixing some raw and primitive elements as well as some dark sounding melodies in the riffing, as for the acoustic guitars they use finger picking and full chords to add more melancholy to the recording.
Vocals a re all absent from this recording with the music being all instrumental, while the song themes cover darkness, poetic types of atmosphere, as for the production it h as a very dark, raw and primitive sound while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording with some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion thehappymask are a very great sounding hybrid of black metal, post rock and shoegaze and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ruines" "Old Broken Bridge" and "As Dusk Falls". RECOMMENDED BUY.