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Black Majesty - 2003 Sands Of Time

ARTIST: Black Majesty
ALBUM: Sands Of Time
LABEL: Limb Music
SERIAL: LMP 0309-060 CD
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: John Cavaliere - vocals * Stevie Janevski - guitars * Hanny Mohamed - bass * Pavel Konvalinka - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fall Of The Reich * 02 Legacy * 03 Guardian * 04 Sands Of Time * 05 Destination * 06 Journeys End * 07 Colliding Worlds * 08 No Sanctuary * 09 Beyond Reality * 10 Lady Of The Lake


Last year I was exalting the talents of Australia's Black Majesty. Their three track sampler had a lot of heads banging and jaws dropping. With much anticipation I awaited the release of their full length debut for Limb Music, who also snatched up Australia's other power metal sensation Dungeon. I did wonder if the album would continue the quality exhibited by the sampler. On 'Sands Of Time' Black Majesty prove they have a much bigger arsenal than just those three tracks. For this review I'll deal with newer tracks. You can read about 'Fall Of The Reich', 'Guardian' and 'Beyond Reality' in my review for the sampler elsewhere on G-DAZE. Anyone who was impressed by those tracks will wet themselves when they hear the remaining songs. Black Majesty have been compared to Iron Maiden, Jag Panzer and Queensryche. You will hear a bit of everything throughout this album, even bits of Gamma Ray, and most of it is near on perfect. Don't expect typical Australian metal. These guys sound quite European, which should go down a treat for fans when Black Majesty finally hit European shores.

The Songs
The album is produced by Endel Rivers, and he just might be the next Fredrik Nordstrom. A massive production, which is what these songs deserved. Tracks such as 'Legacy', a rampaging melodic metal assault, and the title track with its galloping riff and stunning vocals, are simply brilliant. Another example of why John Cavaliere should be regarded as a vocal god is the final track 'Lady Of The Lake'. An inspiring metal ballad with John taking centre stage. Former Cyclone Tracey guitarist Steve Janevski absolutely smokes throughout the albums 55 minutes. A great melodic player with all the chops.

In Summary
Not that I had any doubts, but I'm immensely pleased that the guys came through with what many were anticipating - a monster melodic metal album. Though Black Majesty have the Euro metal thing going on, they have their own distinct identity, which is quite refreshing. A very cool album from a bunch of very cool guys!!!

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