I, The Mask was released exactly one year before the COVID-19 pandemic caused shut downs across the world. As we know, the mask has polarized the world and become a heated political topic in some countries like the United States. Just wearing a mask can invoke anger and attract violence towards you. Now we look back at the title and theme of I, The Mask in a different light. What does the mask represent? Some say the virus came from bats, some say from a lab. But has anyone considered that Anders or the label created this virus and spread it to promote their band and work? I imagine this year or maybe next, at Borgholm Brinner, we will see Anders, Bjorn, and the other guys all taking off their masks and lighting them ablaze at the beginning of the show. Truly showing The Mask In Flames before proceeding to play the album in full. Let this thread be a discussion of discoveries as we examine the music and lyrics of I, The Mask and its foreshadowing of the COVID-19 pandemic and as we explore what The Mask means today.