An Update from Shane

Hello to anyone who still visits this website. As many of you may have guessed, Backmask has been dormant for longer than not, as my duties with Kazrog LLC have consumed more time than I can devote to what a band was supposed to be circa 2000 when I started it. While I am working on new music in my spare time (some of which I plan to release in 2018) I think it would be disrespectful to anyone who has participated in this project in the past to continue to label whatever I create as “Backmask.”

The original concept for Backmask was that it would be a band – a band that does normal things like touring, releasing albums regularly, minimizing lineup changes, etc. I don’t see that as the kind of thing that fits in my life, possibly ever again, so it’s silly to cling to what was really a concept I first dreamed up as a teenager (in a vastly different era.) It’s a dream I once had – but my dreams and goals have changed and evolved over time, and I’m much happier doing what I do now than I would have ever been constantly touring.

I felt the need to publish this update, both for a sense of closure and for absolute clarity about what the future holds and does not hold. Any new music that I create will be linked here in the news feed over time, as well as new music by notable past members of the band.

So, while Backmask itself has finally reached its logical endpoint, there is new music on the way, and I look forward to getting it out there!



Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see our first show in 7 years on Friday, March 21 at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara, CA. Check out video from the show below:


“Where Dreams Go To Die” Demo

Here’s a demo of our new song “Where Dreams Go To Die.” We’ll be adding vocals and lead guitars to the song next year. In the mean time, enjoy the demo!

BACKMASK on Spotify

I’m proud to announce that BACKMASK is on Spotify! Listen now.

In other news, we’re still forging ahead with new music in our spare time. Between Recabinet and Eric’s coveted casino job, we’re both pretty busy these days, but we have 3 new songs almost finished.


New Backmask Website Launched

Welcome to the new Backmask website! After a couple of years off to focus on starting my business, I’m happy to be restarting the band with the mighty Eric Eskelson on bass, and we’ll be posting updates more regularly.


Backmask – Arrival

A bonus for the fans who’ve been waiting for new Backmask material – here’s our first proper instrumental, entitled “Arrival.”

This is a random free bonus track for the hell of it, and may not appear on our next album, at least not in this form. Enjoy!


Backmask’s “Thought Experiment” to join Track of the Week Club on!

Thought Experiment will be joining Blacklisted and New Revelation as Track of the Week at!!!

Check it out all starting Monday June 18th here.

In addition to this great news, New Revelation has advanced to the 4th round of the contest and is currently ranked #33 out of 388 metal songs. The other songs are also doing very well:

Thought Experiment #36 (Round 3)
Blacklisted #42 (Round 3)
Frozen in Apathy #50 (Round 3)
Escape Velocity #129 (Round 1)
Prisoner of Mind #94 (Round 1)

Backmask Ruling the Metal Charts

Yet again, we get to enjoy announcing that the reviewers at are finding our music praiseworthy!  We just entered Prisoner of Mind and Escape Velocity into the contest last week and they already will be Tracks of the Day (both of them)!!!

This now makes 8/8 songs entered to be chosen as Track of the Day.  Add that our 2 (that’s right, 2!) Track of the Weeks, and this is turning out to be a great first half of the year!

We’ve also just added another Velvet Jones show for you here in Santa Barbara.