Australia's Metal scene may be small but is nothing to be sneezed at.
Far from the trends and the musical centres of the world, a very independent scene has developed which has a life of its own. Numerous Australian Metal bands have long cast off their exotic status and in many respects they are seen as role models. With their three previous albums BLACK MAJESTY
have proved again and again that they are absolutely capable of playing excellent melodic Power Metal which has its roots in the very earth of the genre. But they also know how to introduce innovative ideas and with their impressive compositions knowingly raise themselves above the rest of the scene. We have all had to wait three years for their fourth album, "In Your Honour", but once again the Australian's show us that sitting on their laurels is not their thing. "In Your Honour" is an excellent Power Metal album which superbly blends melodic and progressive aspects and which shows the band in fantastic form. BLACK MAJESTY
are back with a wallop! Tighter, tougher and above all more confident, showing that this is truly a very special band. Producer Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) used his magic touch to turn this upwards step into sound. Without exaggeration, "In Your Honour" is definitely one of the musical highlights of the 2010 Power Metal genre.
Formed in 2001 under the name of KYMERA
, the lads changed the name to BLACK MAJESTY
after their first line-up change. The two musicians could already look back on a busy musical career in various metal bands in the Melbourne area. After sorting everything out they began the songwriting for their debut album, "Sands of Time" which was released two years later. The album leaned in the prog direction but they followed the styles of Queensryche, Jag Panzer and Iron Maiden and it was this which attracted the attention of Limb Music Products, who quickly placed BLACK MAJESTY
under contract. The company has remained true to the band until this day, an example of the harmonious and productive collaboration between them. "Sands Of Time" hit Europe like a hammer and the band quickly found itself amongst the top newcomers of the year. In numerous online polls the album was even voted "Album of the Year".
Encouraged by this success
they played live shows and then began work on the follow-up album. 2005 saw the release of "Silent Company", on which they clearly left the progressive path, hitting the faster lanes of driving, melodic Power Metal. Drummer Pavel Konvalinka recorded his drum parts for this album in Germany at Piet Sielck's studio (Iron Savior), whilst the rest of the band recorded their tracks with Endel Rivers in Melbourne. To promote the album's release, BLACK MAJESTY
played their first European shows, amongst them festivals alongside Hammerfall and Edguy. Then it was back home for a tour with Nevermore and Dragonforce.
the Aussie's third album was released in June 2007. The style followed that of its predecessor but their special elements were intensified. Once again they had the chance to play live in Europe. Beside solo shows they were invited to play at the world's greatest and truest metal festival, the Wacken Open-Air, as well as at the Masters of Rock in the Czech Republic and the Metal Universe Festival in Slovakia. The album proved to be yet another success and allowed the band to tour with international acts back in Australia. They opened for Helloween on their tour and a little later supported Saxon in the land of Oz.
It is worth mentioning that,
during all this time, BLACK MAJESTY
never had a bass player of their own. In the studios, on tour and for headliner shows of their own, they always relied on bass-playing mates. And this also applies to their fourth album. The fans had to wait three long years for the follow-up to "Tomorrowland" warten. "In Your Honour" makes it absolutely clear that BLACK MAJESTY
are amongst the best Power Metal bands which have ever hit Europe from the world's youngest continent.
Even during the work on their new album,
the band was on the road, playing live. They supported the ex-Iron Maiden singer, Paul DiAnno and Edguy at several Australian shows and even headlined the Bla Bla Bla Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2010 will be BLACK MAJESTY's year.
With an album like "In Your Honour", the title referring to their numerous fans who have stuck by them during their career, nothing can go wrong. The songs reflect elements of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Queensyrche and even Hammerfall without trying to copy them. The hymn-like opener, "Far Beyond", with its impressive classical metal riffs and its up-tempo beat marks a journey into the very core of metal eargasms. The driving, fast riff attacks and excellent song lines of "God Of War" reminds one of Helloween in their "Keeper Of The Seven Keys" times, but at a much higher voltage. And it is topped by the BLACK MAJESTY
trademarks in the form of brilliant lead guitars and highly melodic vocals. "Further Than Insane" is an enormously fast number with tight melodies and superb riffing as well as a perfectly galloping tempo. The foot on the pedal is not quite as heavy on songs such as "End Of Time", "Witching Hour" and Millenium" with their solid melodies, clever musicality and exhilarating solo parts. "Wish You Well" is definitely a hit for the band, with an unforgettable chorus and underlined by a riff which can almost be described as "classic". The guitar duels of Messrs Janevski and Mohamed are of the highest quality, and John Cavaliere's vocals almost unique. With all this comes a warmer, broader sound by Roland Grapow, who gave the nine songs of the regular release a heart and soul (a limited edition Digipack CD with liner notes, poster and sticker contains eleven songs) - all these are ingredients of a classic album. "In Your Honour" is THE perfect album for the Power Metal fan who sees memorable melodies and diversified guitar parts as being just as important as driving banger rhythms. The album's high quality cover artwork was carried out by Dirk Illing (Paragon, Wizard etc.), who also designed the cover of the current Scorpions album, "Sting In The Tail" and who, with his work has put the crown onto this, the fourth instalment of the BLACK MAJESTY