Review Summary: Happy metal
Metal doesn’t always have to be aggressive or evil
to make a memorable listening experience. Although sometimes the genre sounds better when your blood is boiling, Majestic are the kind of band you’ll want to listen to when you’re in a good mood. This might sound like a stretch, as their music has no shortage of energy - but rather than having an angry tone it gives off a surprisingly positive vibe. This isn't a bad thing, however, as their music is often just as infectious as the most sinister names in metal.
Almost everything that makes Majestic a hell of a good time can be linked to keyboardist Richard Andersson’s ambition and Apollo Papathanasio's soaring vocals. No matter how far you venture into their sophomore effort, neither musician ever seem to run out of stamina as they make each song sound as monumental as possible. Much like their debut album, Trinity Overture
contains influences of classical music which are infused with traditional heavy metal (also known as neo-classical). This gives the album the thundering sound of a symphony, and the skillful guitar-work is just the icing on the cake. Songs like the 7-minute title track paint a clear picture of what the band are capable of as Papathanasio's lively vocals accompany the frantic pace of the keyboards and drumming. However, ‘I’ll Shoot The Moon’ is quite possibly the best song as the instrumentation flows together incredibly smoothly and it never has a dull moment. It also contains some of the most exciting guitar-solos on the album, as Majestic takes control of the arena and we become the audience. They may not always have us on the edge of our seats, but they manage to keep our attention throughout the performance. The only real downside is the songs start to sound predictable once you’ve heard a few of them, but due to their refusal to let up the pace, it’s usually an entertaining affair.
contains some of the most epic pieces the band has ever written. Whether it’s the way Papathanasio takes control of the microphone on songs like 'Resurrection’ or the triple assault of animated keyboards, guitars, and drumming - it’s an album that leaves the listener hungry for more. At first it might take some getting used to, especially for those who prefer the more aggressive side of metal, but it’s well worth the wait. In fact, after you begin having trouble getting the songs out of your head, you might start questioning why you don’t listen to more power metal in the first place-- after all, it’s pretty damn fun.