|Labels||Dark Minstrel Music|
Evil Masquerade is a Scandinavian heavy metal band formed in 2003.
Evil Masquerade was founded 2003 in Copenhagen by Swedish guitarist Henrik Flyman (Lacrimosa, ex-Wuthering Heights, ex-Moahni Moahna, ex-ZooL). Together with drummer Dennis Buhl (ex-Hatesphere), bass player Kasper Gram and vocalist Henrik Brockmann (ex-Royal Hunt) they set off to record the band's debut album that was released early 2004 under the name Welcome to the Show. It almost immediately received worldwide recognition and made the charts in Japan at # 8. One year later it was followed up with their second album Theatrical Madness.
A couple of line up changes took place and new singer Apollo Papathanasio (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind, ex-Time Requiem) and bass player Thor Jeppesen entered the studio with Flyman and Buhl to record the album Third Act. This album took the band to a new level of fame when it was re-released in 2007 in the USA, one year after the original release in Europe and Asia. The fourth studio album Fade To Black saw yet another change in the line-up with only Henrik Flyman and Apollo Papathanasio remaining from the previous album. New members were drummer Daniel Flores (The Murder of My Sweet, Mind’s Eye, Tears of Anger, ZooL) and bass player Johan Niemann (Therion, Evergrey, Hubi Meisel, Demonoid, Mind’s Eye).
Flyman spent 2010 composing songs for the band's fifth album Pentagram that was released in May 2012. The recordings took place during 2011 and saw Flyman once again team up with the same members as on the band's third release: Papathanasio, Buhl and Jeppesen; together with the latest addition to the line-up, the band's first permanent keyboard player, Artur Meinild.
2013 it was announced that Papathanasio is no longer in the band and that new singer is Tobias Jansson from Sweden. Tobias' first recording with Evil Masquerade is the sixth studio album, The Digital Crucifix, which was released world wide on April 22, 2014 by Dark Minstrel Music.
During 2011 Henrik Flyman got involved with Metal for Cancer, a charity organization founded by Richard Ofsoski to raise funds for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Flyman wrote the song "Let's Unite in Rock" that was performed by various artists under the name The MFC Dragon Slayer All Star Project. This band included all members from Evil Masquerade (except for Dennis Buhl) as well as Richard Ofsoski, Mats Levén (Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen), Peter Wildoer (James LaBrie, Darkane, ex-Time Requiem), Snowy Shaw (Therion, Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica), Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond) and Tony Mills (TNT, Shy) just to name a few.
- Henrik Flyman - guitar (2003–present)
- Tobias Jansson - vocals (2013–present)
- Dennis Buhl - drums (2003–2008, 2010–present)
- Thor Jeppesen - bass (2005–2008, 2010–present)
- Artur Meinild - keyboard (2011–present)
- Apollo Papathanasio - vocals (2005–2013)
- Daniel Flores - drums (2008–2010)
- Johan Niemann - bass (2008–2010)
- Kasper Gram - bass (2003–2005)
- Henrik Brockmann - vocals (2003–2005)
- Tony Carey - keyboard (2008)
- David Rosenthal - keyboard (2006)
- Mats Olausson - keyboard (2004)
- Richard Andersson - keyboard (2004–2007)
- André Andersen - keyboard (2004–2005)
- Welcome to the Show (2004)
- Theatrical Madness (2005)
- Third Act (2006, 2007 USA)
- Fade to Black (2008 Japan, 2009)
- Black Ravens Cry - single (2012)
- A Silhouette - single (2012)
- Pentagram (2012)
- Like Voodoo - single (2014)
- The Digital Crucifix (2014)
- 10 Years in the Dark - remastered compilation (2014)
- Black Ravens Cry (2007)
- Desire and Pain (2009)
- A Silhouette (2012)
- Like Voodoo (2014)
- "Evil Masquerade | Dark Minstrel Music". darkminstrelmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
- "Pentagram | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "Evil Masquerade | Dark Minstrel Music". darkminstrelmusic.com. 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
- "News | Dark Minstrel Music". darkminstrelmusic.com. 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
- "News | Dark Minstrel Music". darkminstrelmusic.com. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "Just Plain Folks". Jpfolks.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Meet Our Team | Metal For Cancer". metalforcancer.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "About Us | Metal For Cancer". metalforcancer.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "Lets Unite In Rock | Metal For Cancer". Metalforcancer.bandcamp.com. 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Let's Unite In Rock | Dark Minstrel Music". darkminstrelmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "Metal For Cancer | Australian Cancer Research Foundation". acrf.com.au. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "Evil Masquerade - Black Ravens Cry". YouTube. 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Evil Masquerade - Desire and Pain (censored version)". YouTube. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Evil Masquerade - A Silhouette". YouTube. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
- "Evil Masquerade - Like Voodoo". YouTube. 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- Evil Masquerade Official Website
- Henrik Flyman Official Website
- Dark Minstrel Music
- Just Plain Folks Music Awards
- Henrik Flyman Official website/biography
- Henrik Flyman Official website/live
- Marquee Avalon
- Nightmare Records
- Frontiers Records
- Escape Music
- Escape Music
- Evil Masquerade Official website/lineup