|Review: Majestica - Above the Sky|
|Above the Sky|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: June 1, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:Above the Sky
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
ReinXeed is back, only now with a new name, Majestica, to go along with a new album, Above the Sky. Guitarst/vocalist Tommy Johansson (also guitarist for Sabaton) decided to relaunch the band under the new name but, fear not, this is still melodic power metal of the highest order. Is it formulaic, in the vein of Stratovarious, Helloween, Edguy, etc.? Yeah, but who cares when the music is this good? Tommy has a perfect, high-pitched voice for the falsetto choruses that will stick in your head for days. There are ample double-kick drum numbers ("Above the Sky", "The Rat Pack", "Father Time") and loads of sweeping keyboard runs and neo-classical guitars trading off one another. Tommy isn't afraid to stand of the shoulders of those that have gone before and you can hear some of the humor of Edguy (in "The Rat Pack", Majestic gives the scions of privilege some comeuppance with metal and steel) and they borrow from orchestral pieces ("Father Time" features a passage from Offenbach's "Galop Infernal" which is most commonly associated with The Can-can dance) as many power metal bands have done in the past. Above the Sky is hugely enjoyable and if you love the speed and melody of power metal, I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.
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