Released: 2012, Limb
As much as we try here at Metal-Rules.com, it is hard to review every big album within the calendar year. Just when I think I have got a good percentage of the albums covered, more pop up! Looking back, there were seven releases from 2012 that we should have covered in 2012. Black Majesty, Devil’s Train, Nightmare, Obsession, Paradox, Perzonal War and Trail Of Murder. Better late than never. Enjoy my mini 2012 Backlog Reviews feature!
I’m surprised we haven’t given more attention to Black Majesty, arguably Australia biggest Power Metal band. The band has been pretty productive releasing five albums in the past 10 years. It might be safe to say they are one of Limb Records flagship bands, as they have spent their entire career on the label as is the new album, STARGAZER.
Black Majesty is very comfortable in their melodic Power Metal style. Not much has changed over the years. The line-up has been the same for 10 years, the same on each album and that is quite a feat. As mentioned they are still with Limb Records and the cosmic cover art still features their mascots the lion and the warrior. As always the nine-track album runs about 45 minutes, of pure Power Metal. Everything that I look for in a good Power Metal album is here in full force; clean high-soaring vocals delivering inspiring lyrics, galloping drums, twin guitar attack, lots of solos, great riffs, great melodies and swirling speed. The pace is very fast for most of the album, really moving along although they do mix it up a bit like the middle section of the excellent song ‘Holy Killers’ with a slower middle section before taking off with a blazing solo. ‘Symphony Of Death’ is also a bit slower featuring an excellent impassioned vocal performance by John Cavaliere in the opening minute and a half. The little patches of keyboards add a bit of atmosphere as well but never overshadowing the guitar driven songs.
In a sense this is a bit of a short, non-review because the band is so strong and so consistent and consistently entertaining hitting that sweet spot of speed, power and melody. Black Majesty has never done anything wrong in their entire career; an unbroken string of highly recommended albums each demonstrating their adherence to the conventions of great Metal. STARGAZER is no exception.