ARTIST: Black Majesty
LABEL: Limb Music
SERIAL: LMP 0706-101 CD
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: John Cavaliere - vocals; Stevie Janevski - guitars; Hanny Mohamed - guitars, keyboards; Pavel Konvalinka - drums
TRACK LISTING: 01 Forever Damned * 02 Into The Black * 03 Evil In Your Eyes * 04 Tomorrowland * 05 Soldier Of Fortune * 06 Bleeding World * 07 Faces Of War * 08 Wings To Fly * 09 Another Dawn * 10 Scars
2007 has seen GLORY-DAZE pull back from reviewing too many HM albums. This is more to do with understanding this website's demographic than anything else. No disrespect to HM bands. However, one HM band we will always make an exception for is Melbourne's Black Majesty - a regular at this site since their 'Sands Of Time' demos back in 2002/2003. For an Aussie band, they are a big drawcard in Europe. It always helps when you've got a good European label on your side, and it's no big drama for these Melburnian's to skip off to Europe during the height of the AFL season back in Victoria.. enough to make to make grown men cry that they might miss a few games! Continuing the excellent work done so far with 'Sands Of Time' and more importantly 2005's 'Silent Company', this lot just keep getting better and better. I recently described BM as a 'polished sounding Iron Maiden
. Sure, there are other reference points as well, but the Irons will always be galloping closely behind.
So, what does 'Tomorrowland' offer us in 2007? How about some consolidated and crunch-laden guitar work from the duo of Steve Janevski and Hanny Mohamed. These guys have stepped up a gear. Being in the select company of Europe's finest metal bands might have that sort of impact on you. Let's not forget the stellar vocals of John Cavaliere, and you can see why BM are targeting the large HM Festivals this summer. John can certainly win them over, but it's not just the performances that stand out. Good songwriting is again to the fore. The band don't muck around - settling into a fast uptempo rhythm with 'Forever Damned', kick drums are on red alert. A slow intro sets the scene for a blistering rendition of 'Into The Black', John Cavaliere pulling off a Geoff Tate
like vocal performance. One of the highlights for me is 'Evil In Your Eyes' - both guitarists drive this home with the punch of a pneumatic drill. The mournful intro for the title track eventually makes way for some rapid fire riffing and spitfire drumming. Slightly different is the Blackmore/Coverdale penned 'Soldier Of Fortune'. The metal meets folk workout is a contrast, as is Cavaliere's Coverdale flavored vox. There's a few time changes to be found on 'Bleeding World'. Perhaps one of my fave racks here is 'Faces Of War', questioning the merits of mankind's long-term penchant for fighting his fellow man. No time for a lie-in with 'Another Dawn' - the intensity level is enough to send the morning sparrows into hiding! 'Scars' is the finale that sends the band over the finish line at long last.
Black Majesty head to Europe shortly to play some of the summer Festivals. The album was released up there by LMP on June 1. However, the US release is destined to hit the stores on July 17th - unusual for the long wait between continents. If you're going to Waacken or Masters Of Rock then no doubt you'll see the majestic ones doing the rounds. In the meantime, secure a copy of 'Tomorrowland' in advance.
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