Artist: Black Majesty
Australian music scene and many a mind goes blank, but one band that have
taken it by storm are Power Metallers Black Majesty. The band may be from
down under but their style of music is straight out of middle Europe and
the Scandinavian countries, big and powerful with hints at Maiden,
Helloween, Priest and many more but with the bands own stamp firmly
planted on it.
band are John
Cavaliere (vocals), Pavel Kornvalinka (drums), Steve Janevski (guitars) and completing the line-up
Hanny Mohamed also on guitars. The astute of you will notice the lack of
a bass player this is because the band have never had a permanent
bassist in the band and have relied on bass playing friend for both
studio and touring, strange but true!
This has not stopped the band achieving their goals and this their fourth
studio release shows the band are heading full steam ahead to world
domination of the Power Metal genre.
The album is defines the genre for sure from the opening salvo of ‘Far
Beyond’ with its classic metal roots and full on twin guitar licks,
and ‘God Of War’ with its Helloween style guitar sound, but with
The massive massive power infused metal continues with the excellent
‘Millenium’, a hard and fast melody rich assault on the senses,
before things take a more gentle refrain with ‘Break The Chains’.
This is far from being a ballad, it's just not as full on as the previous
tracks, think more Queensryche than Priest.
Fear not its pedal to the METAL once more with stunning ‘Further Than
Insane’, imagine Geoff Tate fronting Iron Maiden then you won't be far
away from the power and grace of this metal monster.
A couple of my many favourites off this album come back to back first
with ‘End Of Time’, a really big bass and double kick drum
masterpiece and second is ‘Wish You Well’. Again a huge rhythm
section dominates this one, while the twin guitars fire out the licks
like their lives depended on it, all the while the vocals of Cavaliere
towering above it all, great stuff!
‘Follow’ has that Power Metal epic feel about it even if it only comes in at just over four minutes long, the swooping guitars are only outclassed by the tremendous vocals of Cavaliere. The album closes in emphatic style with the fantastic ‘Witching Hour’ an all guns blazing finale that wraps up another stunning release from these Antipodean metal gods.
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