MAJESTY- Bringing The Thunder
Thank you, Pandora. A number of years ago, this Internet music introduced me to Majesty with their track “Into The Stadiums”. Right away, the infectious rhythms, power and old-school sound had me captivated. I simply had to know more.
A few years later, I’m so glad I had the headphones on that one night. Turns out that track was just the tip of the iceberg. Having had a chance to delve deeper into these Teutonic thunderers’ back catalog, I’ve discovered a treasure trove of kickass metal that puts a lot of stuff out there to absolute shame. So for this review, I’ve decided to focus on their 2013 offering, ‘Thunder Rider”.
I know a lot of people have compared Majesty to Manowar on so many occasions. I have to admit, on quite a few tracks I can see the comparison. The title track has a bit of that vibe to it, although I would have to say that Tarek Maghary’s vocals don’t quite hit the levels of Eric Adams, and that’s a good thing.
One thing Majesty are really good at is creating the earworm- that hook-laden, fist-pumping anthem that’s going to be stuck in your head for a long time. This album has quite a few of those, and they are without a doubt the brightest spots on the disc. “Make Some Noise” has a real old-school vibe to it that takes you back in time to the days of 80s power metal. This one quickly has become one of my faves on this disc. “Raise The Beast” shows you don’t have to be fast to be heavy. “Young And Free” is perfect for cranking when you’re barreling down the highway at sixty miles an hour, top down and wind blowing your hair all over the place.
But don’t go thinking that Majesty is a one-trick pony. Far from it. They can slow things down with songs like the seven-minute ballad “Asteria”, or they can ratchet up the intensity factor with high-octane, head-banging offerings like “Warlords Of The Sea” and “Rebellion Of Steel”.
Overall, this disc is a damn good time and it‘s one that will without question appeal to fans of old-school power metal as well as those who (like me) really enjoy a good European metal album. Majesty fans will definitely like this album, and new listeners will find that this is a solid introduction to Majesty and the brand of fist-pumping, solid-tempo heavy metal that they provide with every album.
“Thunder Rider” gets an 8/10.