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Supreme Majesty - 2001 Tales Of A Tragic Kingdom

Joakim Olsson - vocals
Chrille Andersson - guitars, keyboards
Rille Svensson - guitars
Daniel Andersson - bass
Jocke Unger - drums

These guys were previously mentioned over on our MP3 World section at our old GLORY-DAZE site. Swedish melodic power metal with a hint of commercial sensibility about them. We've since had the pleasure of hearing this album with a bit more time and depth, and come away with a feeling that this band are onto something special. We previously mentioned stablemates Pink Cream 69 as a soundalike. Well, we've changed our minds somewhat. How about a cross between them and Praying Mantis? Only played five times faster! A couple of points to mention: 'Tales Of A Tragic Kingdom' appears to be conceptual in style, but the theme doesn't always flow through. Perhaps just a collection of strong songs under one collective banner? The music and lyrics is mainly put together by both the Andersssons: Chrille and Daniel. Impressive work indeed, as is the mind altering drumwork by Jocke Unger. You thought Scott Travis (Racer X and Judas Priest) was fast, check this dude out! All the way through, the songs are highly melodic. Never lose sight of this fact, despite the numb-crunching heaviness of it all.

The Songs
'Strike Like Thunder' opens up with bombastic fanfare parps, and operatic vocals from Olsson. 'Not Of This World' contains a melodic entrance, followed by some frantic kick drums from Unger which literally 'go off'. Brooding power is the order of the day with 'Towards The Northern Star', while 'Forever I'll Be' is another power ballad with a bit of variety thrown into the mix. 'Let It Go' lives up to it's name, galloping along at a furious pace. The title track is a short interlude - followed by 'Queen Of Egypt', straight out of the Savatage or Ten school of melodic metal, with riffs galore. 'Keeper Of The Dead' could be Praying Mantis on aviation fuel, while 'Supreme Majesty' features booming keyboards and galloping (they must like horses!) drum work. They end with 'Eye Of The Storm', which is a slower moodier piece, bringing some closure and a nice wind-down to the album.

In Summary
A band with a big future, and sure to feature among the rising talent of melodic metal bands coming out of Europe. I'm sure you will see these guys doing the rounds during the forthcoming European summer. Get acquainted with Supreme Majesty.


Track Listing:
01 Strike Like Thunder
02 Not Of This World
03 Towards The Northern Star
04 Forever I'll Be
05 Let It Go
06 Tales Of A Tragic Kingdom
07 Queen Of Egypt
08 Keeper Of The Dead
09 Supreme Majesty
10 Eye Of The Storm

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