Suzi Sabotage : vocals
Jacques Saph : bass
Veikko Jokelainen : guitar
William Freyermuth : drums
Masquerade began in late 2012, founded by vocalist Suzi Sabotage and then-bassist Sebastian Holm.
The first solid line-up consisted also of Markus on drums and Joel on guitar at the beginning of 2013, which both were part of creating Masquerade’s distinct sound. The group soon gathered interest in Finland (playing at Finland’s most prominent goth festival Lumous) and even abroad despite having no recorded material, ending up on national television in August.
Their first release was demo a three-song digital release. It was listed in Cvlt Nation’s six best releases of 2013. Their first music video was “Needle Through a Bug”, premiering in October 2013. Early in 2014, they got a proposal from Fight Records for a maxi-EP, which they went to record to a studio in Kouvola, Finland for three days in February. After that Masquerade was set for March tour in their Finland, England, and Sweden.
A music video for All Things Hurt, the second song on the upcoming record, was released in spring, following the departure of Joel and Markus. The maxi-EP Blood is the New Black was released in October 2014, which was also pressed in vinyl in the United States. In January 2015 our current bassist Jacques Saph joined in. On March the 8th the band was seen on MTV3 channel as guests in a programme called Tähdet, tähdet. In April the band took William Freyermuth in drums.
June 2015 saw the band’s first Russian gigs and in August they embarked upon their first journey outside of Europe: the U.S.A. and Mexico. In June 2016, the guitar was taken over by Rudy Soininen. Their first album, Ritual, saw daylight on 15th July 2016, including ten tracks.
In August 2016 the band signed a contract with Danse Macabre Records, who later released Ritual in CD format. In September 2016 Masquerade set upon a Europe tour which conquered two new countries, Italy and Austria.
In June 2017 the band performed at the legendary Wave Gotik Treffen festival, and released their fifth music video, Too Depressed to Dance.
In June 2018 Masquerade played their first-ever shows in Tokyo, Japan. The following August they released a new song Russian Roulette, along with a music video that was filmed in Tokyo.
The band’s sophomore album Where Nobody Can Hear You Scream was released digitally on 13th November 2018. In December, guitarist Veikko Jokelainen joined the group’s ranks and they announced their plans to tour Brazil in 2019.