Black Majesty
Stargazer


2.5
average

Review

by Mister Twister USER (23 Reviews)
May 6th, 2013 | 10 replies | 810 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The world's most average band rises above the expectations of nobody.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

This is not the review I wanted to write. The first time I listened to Stargazer, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I figured it was finally an escape from the mediocrity that had plagued Black Majesty since Tomorrowland was released. Unfortunately, from that point on, as I went back to it, I realized this was far from the case. The word of the day is bland: nothing done here is worthy of note at all. Some tracks are slightly better than others, some are slightly worse, but there's really nothing offered by this album that can't be found in a more effective package elsewhere.

To clear the air, I don't think this band is bad. They're just not very good either. They're so incredibly in between that there's hardly anything worth commenting on. The musicianship is alright, but nothing that hasn't been done more effectively elsewhere. The singing is tolerable, but not truly worthy of note. The songwriting is passable, but, as with everything else, there's nothing to put this above anything else currently available. Nothing worth laughing at, nothing worth making into a sacred cow, nothing that needs to exist. They simply occupy space.

And Stargazer is no different. As you listen, you'll hear more of the same and little else. Certain sections may stand out, but nothing worth tolerating the rest of the song or album for. Though some standout tracks bolster the release slightly, it's not enough to make the album worthy of note on the whole.

I don't hate this album. It can be okay if you listen to one song, but running through the entire album in one sitting can be tiring, as there's little being done here that you need to stick around for. In addition, the album feels like it is much longer than it is. There's only so many ways to say that something is mediocre, and the only thing that could influence someone's opinion about this album at all is their personal opinion about the vocals. There's nothing more to say: it's won't impress you, it won't give you cheap laughs, it will just be. And there's little worthy of finding in this offering. At least the album cover looks cool.

Pros:
+Not explicitly bad
+Some tracks are pretty good

Cons:
-Everything is done better by other bands
-Difficult to sit through full album at once
-More of the same

Highlights:
Holy Killers
Voice of Change
Shine

Lowlights:
Lost Horizon
Killing Hand
Journey to the Soul



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Mister Twister
May 6th 2013



1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review made me really sad. I wanted to like this album, and at first I genuinely did. But the more I listened to it, along with other power metal offerings, the more I found that this is not very good.

Sorry if it seems repetitive, it's hard to write about something so generic.

FiveLeavesLeft
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2013



9820 Comments


Damn, and I really liked Silent Company quite a bit :/

Nice concise review btw

Mister Twister
May 6th 2013



1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Trust me, I wanted to like this. The tracks I listed under Highlights are actually good. The rest are mediocre or worse.

Mister Twister
May 6th 2013



1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shine is so beautiful that I almost want to bump the album up to a 2.5 or a 3 based on that track alone.

Then I listen to any other track that isn't Holy Killers

pizzamachine
May 6th 2013



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Easy 2.5 for me. The album is pretty meh but I can dig it when I'm in the mood. On a side note, I
hate the vocalist's tone.

Butkuiss
May 6th 2013



4153 Comments


First two albums were soooooo good and now it's just whyyyyy

Mister Twister
May 18th 2013



1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm trying so hard to enjoy this album the way I did when I first heard it. Ugh, this is bringing me down, I just can't.

Mister Twister
June 2nd 2013



1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bumped my rating to a 2.5, seems a bit more appropriate. It isn't really a bad album, and single tracks can be enjoyable, I keep going back to Voice of Change and Shine. Everything else is pretty forgettable.

The guitar solo in Symphony of Death almost made me keep it at a 2, it's that bad by itself.

Mister Twister
August 10th 2013



1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Going to be re-writing this review, as the album is gradually creeping its way into my life more frequently. It's really grown on me, and I won't call it a return to form, but it's their strongest effort since Silent Company.

Mister Twister
February 8th 2014



1519 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i swear im gonna rewrite this soon



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