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Black Majesty - 2010 In Your Honour



ARTIST: Black Majesty
ALBUM: In Your Honour
LABEL: Limb Music
SERIAL: LMP 1005-122 CD
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: John 'Gio' Cavaliere - vocals * Steve Janevski - guitars * Hanny Mohammed - guitars * Pavel Konvalinka - drums

Guests: Evan Harris - bass * Jason Old - backing vocals on 'Break These Chains', 'Two Hearts' & 'Silent Company (Acoustic)' * Silvio Massaro - backing vocals on 'Far Beyond' & 'Witching Hour'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Far Beyond * 02 God Of War * 03 Millenium * 04 Break These Chains * 05 Further Than Insane * 06 End Of Time * 07 Wish You Well * 08 Follow * 09 Witching Hour

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.blackmajesty.com


Background
We cannot let 2010 slide by without giving our favourite power metallers Black Majesty a mention. It's been three years out of the loop for Melbourne's favourite sons, but their latest 'In Your Honour' returns them to the big time, with possibly their best album ever! Perhaps it's a coincidence they share the same label as my other favourite metal band: the rather awesome Pagans Mind, and though both bands have a completely different set of attributes, there are some areas of commonality. John Cavaliere is without doubt Australia's premier metal vocalist, the guitar duo of Steve Janevski and Hanny Mohammed continue to push the bar higher, while drummer Pavel Konvalinka never ceases to amaze with his fluid and metronomic speed. As I write this review on the eve of the 2010 AFL grand final, I am reminded as to how passionate Melburnians are about certain things that impact on their city. Sure there might be many crazy fans of Collingwood or St Kilda, but I can also guarantee that there are some passionate (and yes crazy) fans of Black Majesty too, it's a pity the band don't play too often locally, I'd really like to see them play a bit further afield in Australia, but it seems only Victoria, Queensland and NSW ever get to see the band play, apart from when they are up in Europe of course.


The Songs
So what are the highlights of 'In Your Honour'? Well, they've settled for a mostly greyscale album cover, after the violet/indigo, blue and dark teal green colours of the previous three albums. Renowned German producer Roland Grapow (Helloween) has worked his magic on these nine tracks, giving the band that extra sonic nudge. 'In Your Honour' is not going to bog you down with extra running time. Though we have compared Black Majesty to Iron Maiden in the past, you'll hear none of the boring 10 minute epics that the Irons have recently come up with. IYH clocks in at just on 43 minutes, just enough to get your head around it without excess or overkill. 'Just Right' said Goldilocks. And with that compressed timeframe comes a slew of tracks that have been handpicked for the album. What appeals to me this time around is that the guitar solos aren't all about speed and flash. They are slower in parts, more tempered and intense. The perfect foil for the hellish rhythms being belted out. Highlights on the album include the awesome 'Gods Of War', the melodic battering ram that is 'Further Than Insane' and the fiery 'Wish You Well'.


In Summary
I have enjoyed all the Black Majesty albums up to this point, but 'In Your Honour' tops the list. A solid album, enjoyable for the fact that these guys can combine metal and melody so well, and with Roland Grapow's excellent production, Black Majesty continue to climb the stairway to the stars.


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