BLACK MAJESTY - STARGAZER
Metal To Infinity
a decade, we can easily say that we enjoyed the metal releases from Black
Majesty, hailing from Australia. The band originally started as Kymera, but
didn’t succeed to record anything during that period. After their first
line-up problems they changed their name into Black Majesty, which was the first
big leap forward in the career of the band.
2003, the band released their debut album ‘Sands Of Time’, followed by a
record deal with Limb Music from Germany. Once the album was available in
Europe, Black Majesty found themselves amongst the top newcomers of the year.
The album smashed Europe like a hammer, and the path to success was revealed!
Years went by, and the band released a new album almost every two years.
‘Silent Company’, ‘Tomorrowland’ and ‘In Your Honour’ are all
masterpieces, so expectations for the new output are really exciting for band
and label and fans!
is the name of this fifth Black Majesty album, and fans of the band will be
thrilled about the quality and structures of the new songs! This is the next
move in their career and perhaps they already noticed some twinkling stars in
the near future, which is a suitable explanation why this album is called
Stargazer. This band is aiming high, and it reflects in everything what this new
release is about. The front cover artwork is done by Dirk Illing, known from
e.g. The Scorpions, Eldritch, Paragon, Running Wild, Axel Rudi Pell, and of
course the previous Black Majesty releases. Production of “Stargazer” is
really outstanding as it fits perfectly to the style and direction of the songs.
It’s bombastic, but not too, it’s heavy and wild, but all in well dosed
proportions, it’s melodic and sensitive, but never apathetical. Shortly said:
this is what a good modern power metal band needs and breathes!
songs have an own twist, and in several occasions, you expect a power eruption,
but you will be put on the wrong foot. Some songs start really slow, but will
end as an album highlight, others will make an impressive statement on the
subject of melodic power metal that you won’t slightly forget. Black Majesty
brings their metal with a lot of bombast, but stands out of the common power
metal bands. They always add a little extra to create an interesting point of
view for the listeners. From opener ‘Falling’, you will have to undergo
several outrageous metal anthems to get to the pearl of this album: ‘Symphony
Of Death’! Listen carefully how this song is erupting to the Black Majesty
anthem of Stargazer! The crystal clear mix by Roland Grapow (Masterplan) is an
insurmountable key to success! The guitars of Hanny Mohamed and Steve Janevski
are dueling all the time and the vocals of John Cavaliere lift the songs to the
highest reachable level.
is a new way of Power Metal, this is a must have for everybody that claim to be
a righteous melodic power fan, with no exception! Finally, I want to say a
little more about the 10th. track, which is the bonus song of the
album. European fans will get “Shine”, while Japan will be able to listen to
“Lycan” and the Aussies get “Ariel”. It’s a good move of Limb Music to
work this way, as the search for the other tracks is open from July 2012! I
don’t know how ‘Lycan’ nor ‘Ariel’ sound, but the European bonus
‘Shine’ is worth to be mentioned. This bonus is a rock ballad of its purest
form! It’s a romantic and sensitive track that has a restrained anger, and we
advise to listen a few times to this masterpiece! Black Majesty released their
best album to date, and will end up high in my personal top 10 of 2012! They
better prepare for their next step in their career, as I presume that they will
tour intense all over the globe and thousands of people will raise their fist to
shout it out loud!
My rating: 92 / 100 (Review by Patrick De Sloover)
RETURN TO MTI INDEX