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Supreme Majesty - 2005 Elements Of Creation

Joakim Olsson - vocals
Tobias Wernersson - guitars
Rille Svensson - guitars
Chrille Andersson - keyboards
Daniel Andersson - bass
Johan Rydberg - drums

I for one, really enjoyed Supreme Majesty's last album, 2003's 'Danger'. This Swedish outfit always appeared to me to be the progressive metal equivalent of fellow Swedes Treat or Europe. Perhaps that was more to do with lead singer Joakim Olsson sounding like a Robert Ernlund and Joey Tempest clone, if ever there was one! Despite that, these guys have more melody than most Swedish outfits operating in this genre, and believe me there are a lot of them. Chrille Andersson's keyboards have an ever-present feel to their music, giving it a gloss and sheen most bands are missing. This time around they've taken on the epic/warrior theme, they probably didn't need to, but it seems their songwriting was built around it for 'Elements Of Creation'. The band also have a few new names to the lineup: guitarist Tobias Wernersson and drummer Johan Rydberg. Both add significantly to precedings.

The Songs
You won't get any complaints from me about the production. Big sounding, and you can clealy hear everything you are supposed to hear - in the right context. The staggered and punctuated approach on 'Soulseeker' gets us going. All the dramatic keyboard parps/layers from previous albums return with a vengeance. The band push through on 'Spellbound', an uptempo attempt to speed up the metronome without losing their sense of melody. Tinkly keyboards announce the intro to 'Dance Of The Elements' - this one features operatic choruses and is more melodic hard rock than prog metal. We're off to war next, with the stirring rabble rouser 'King Of Warriors'. Perhaps Uncle Sam should play a track like this to attract young American boys to join up with the Army? 'My Revenge' again is more melodic hard rock (I am beginning to wonder here if they band are changing genres?) and it's followed up by the obligatory power-ballad 'One More Promise' - which passes me by in a flash. Why they chose an instrumental 'The Quest Part 1' in the middle of an album baffles me somewhat. However, the follow-on track 'Dawn Of The Dead' more than makes up for it. A classy melodic effort which flies in the face of such a tatty songtitle. Aggression is the keyword with 'Die In A Dream' - and though the song undulates like a bumpy road (i.e. fast and midtempo passages) the end result is good. The band finish up with the unfortunately titled 'The Bitter End', a gung-ho way to end this album.. loads of keys, heavy guitars and brutal drumming.

In Summary
Supreme Majesty don't deliver us anything new. Those of you who enjoyed their previous efforts will in all likelihood enjoy this one too. The fact they have a dedicated keyboard player in Chrille Andersson and a hot new guitarist in Wernersson gives them added presence. Probably not as good as 'Danger', and short on the running time too (clocked slightly over 43 minutes), but when compared to others in the genre, it is a superior effort. Well done again chaps!


Track Listing:
01 Soulseeker
02 Spellbound
03 Dance Of The Elements
04 King Of Warriors
05 My Revenge
06 One More Promise
07 The Quest Part 1
08 Dawn Of The Dead
09 Die In A Dream
10 The Bitter End


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Supreme Majesty - 2005 Elements Of Creation

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