Released: 2010, Liljgren Records
Damn, I’m late to the party on this one! ReinXeed was formed several years back and have now issued their third album, MAJESTIC. They bill themselves as ‘Adventure Metal’ as the description really fits. As our regular readers know, I’m a sucker for speed. The faster, the better. The more note-dense the happier I am. Double bass drums for an hour? Sign me up! Thank goodness for bands like Dragonforce and (old) Sonata Arctica, who I am sure were direct influences on Reinxeed. Have you got the need for speed? Well look no further than MAJESTIC.
These Swedes are kick-ass, world-class speed metal with soaring epic and ‘majestic’ themes. Apparently they started as a one-man project by vocalist, guitarist & keyboardist, Tommy Johansson but have expanded into a ‘real’ band. I haven’t heard the first two albums but upon hearing this one, I will seek out the others right away! A dozen songs for an hour of speedy, soundtrack inspired metal will take you to Power Metal heaven.
Although the phrases, epic, symphonic, glorious are often used (and perhaps overused) in metal, these descriptors really do fit this band. I’m name -dropping like crazy all over this review but Rhapsody, Helloween, Angra, Stratovarius and Yngwie have all obviously made an impact in the lives of these young musicians. Songs of destiny, eternity, paradise, magic realms, kings and queens, all are woven together into one blazing sonic soundscape.
Tommy’s voice is smooth and clear and he can really hit some high notes. Check out the opening scream on the lead-off track, ‘Deep Under Sea’! The songs have wave upon wave of keyboards, blazing guitars and it is all driven along by pummeling and relentless double-kick drums. The choruses are very catchy with smooth gang vocals urging you to sing along to these tales of glory.
There are many symphonic flourishes with piano, keyboards, horns, choirs, and strings all over the place, each summoning you to do battle with mediocrity. Rhapsody really pioneered this style and ReinXeed (along with Ancient Bards) have really taken the torch and run with it at on an Olympic scale. But let’s not forget the guitars! There are wave upon wave of blistering guitars everywhere and you can never have too many solos!
If you enjoy bands like Odyssea (Italy), Majestic (Sweden) and Airborn (Italy) then you will love ReinXeed. I’m so pleased there are young bands like ReinXeed who aren’t afraid to play fast as they possibly can and inject a grand sense of fun and adventure into metal. As Yngwie once said, “Less is not more. More is more.’ Truer words were never spoke and ReinXeed have taken that sentiment to heart and have deliver a deliciously extreme album without guilt or shame, just a celebration of metal excess. MAJESTIC is a very strong contender for my Top 20 list of the year.