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Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts by Masha
« on: November 11, 2014, 05:45:03 AM »


Masha's debut album is now available in almost every possible music site online! Whether you want it free or paid, IT'S YOUR CHOICE!
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Re: Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts by Masha
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2014, 06:09:19 AM »
Review by Jackie Dosmanos on ABS-CBNNews.com: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/11/09/14/cd-reviews-barbie-almalbis-masha-collabro

"Local indie band Masha took their name from tennis diva Maria Sharapova. Masha wouldn’t tell how they came up with the title of their debut album and would only acknowledge that their original music inter-marries classic rock, post-rock and electronic music in a polygamous knot.

The title may likely come from post-rock inspirations given the penchant of post-rockers to give themselves stilted names e.g. And So I Watch You From Afar and 65daysofstatic. The titular track on the album though is an acoustic piece spoiled prettily by twangy guitars to stress the tension of 'walking on tight wire.' Lead single, 'Hello Cyanide,' spits 'Fu**in give it to me' in an acid rainfall of alt-rock rhythms and slashing squirts of wah-wah guitars. 'Alas Singko' ramps things up from borrowed ‘80s power pop beats while 'Your Shame' is late ‘70s The Police-style reggae beating the crap out of today’s so-called fresh music.

Assorted delights best describes this unique find from the sidelines of contemporary OPM. Brilliant most of the time, occasionally funny, not quite noisy, Masha smashes with the best of the new guards of Pinoy rock."
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Re: Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts by Masha
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 11:46:48 AM »
Review by DJ Charly Pura on www.pinoyfrequency.com: http://www.pinoyfrequency.com/news/charlys-music-review-stalemate-guards-defiant-hearts-masha/

"On doing my music reviews, I usually compliment music on their feel and ambience because for me, music is all about setting up an experience or a mood for the listener. However, with Masha’s Stalemate Guards for  Defiant Hearts I took a closer look on its lyrics.

The resounding phrase is “Beat it all” in the song. It’s about going across boundaries and moving forward. It is the best title for their album as well because it makes it clear that they want this album to breakdown barriers and that they won’t let anything hold them down."
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Re: Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts by Masha
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2014, 02:51:31 PM »
From Rogel Africa, vocalist of Valley of Chrome:

"I've always had a soft spot for melodic rock... And Masha's album cuts the cake for me, while all the songs are hook-filled and catchy, the Tagalog songs catch my attention the most. 'Alas Singko' being a favorite, tackling what makes employees tick. Relatable and totally LSS material... Yeah sabay kami nag-launch last November 7, congrats Howard and the rest of Masha! ‪#‎Masha‬ ‪#‎OPM‬ ‪#‎rock‬ ‪#‎stalemateguardsfordefianthearts‬"
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Re: Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts by Masha
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2014, 10:50:22 AM »
One of the 1st reviews from gaijinph: http://altermixreality.blogspot.com/2014/10/album-review-stalemate-guards-for.html

"Stalemate Guards for Defiant Hearts" is the first album by local alternative rock band "Masha", set to be launched on Nov.7, 2014 at the B-Side Collective, Makati City.

The 10-track album presents songs, each with their own character...with words, sounds and grooves imbued with energy, intense emotion, paced like a story being told by a close friend sharing their closest secrets and thoughts.

It also helps that scattered within the songs are various hooks that makes you want to listen to it again and again. I know I did.

Aside from their previously released singles "Satellites" (my all time fave track) and "Cyanide", the band displays their musical and lyrical prowess through experimentation and playful arrangements, word play, and the like...never a dull moment.

Songs like "Ang Naghihintay sa Akin" and "Sa Paglalayag" are powerful rock-ballad inspired pieces that dabble into the heavier, melancholic spectrum of emotions. But hold on to your bleeding hearts, because there is the more heavier, more emotional "Kundiman", which I foresee to be the next anthem for the broken-hearted souls. And a seemingly 'western drama'-ish inspired "Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts", their title track, which seems to act like a prelude to the story of the whole album which is about to unfold to the listener.

These are balanced with some catchy, a-bit-lightly arranged songs like "Dirty Bones", "Alas Singko", reminiscent of the good old 90's pinoy rock with a more modern outlook.

Then there's the reggae-rock groove of "Keep an Open Eye", which they claim to be of a more happier tone, but still keeps that serious storey-telling tone.

And the more dynamic "Your Shame", whose arrangements and climaxes reminds me of the works by the Japanese band L'Arc n Ciel.

This is a definite "must not miss" for all you music lovers out there, and don't forget to come and join the fun at their album launch.
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Re: Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts by Masha
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 11:32:13 AM »
Our album cover designed by Lowell San Jose and vocalist Alvin Aleria is also #14 in the 30 Essential Filipino Album Covers of 2014 as selected by Vandals On The Wall!!!

http://vandalsonthewall.com/30-essential-filipino-album-covers-of-2014/
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Re: Stalemate Guards For Defiant Hearts by Masha
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2014, 06:11:44 PM »
Sharing an article by veteran music journalist Tony Maghirang on Yahoo! Philippines:

https://ph.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/masha-smashes-through-indie-anonymity-054425442.html

"Russian-born Sharapova has an arsenal of moves to conquer Grand Slam tournaments around the world while the six-man Masha displays an eclectic range in music that can reach a wide audience beyond the margins of the indie domain."
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