Arguably one of Australia's most popular Heavy Metal bands, Black Majesty
return with their fifth album "Stargazer". After initially dazzling the metal scene with their progressive tinged "Sands of Time" cd (2003), and critically acclaimed power metal opus "Silent Company" cd (2005) the band released "Tomorrowland" in 2007 which saw them play at some of the world's biggest renowned Heavy Metal festivals such as Masters of Rock Czech Republic, Metal Universe Slovakia and Wacken Open Air Germany. Stefan Belik of Bright Eyes Wacken review team went on to say that "Black Majesty
shared unbelievable guitar work and one of the most impressive voices of the 2007 Wacken Open Air festival". Then came "In Your Honour" (2010) named after the band's appreciation for their fans, which also saw Black Majesty
play one of their biggest headline shows ever - in excess of 5000 people in Jakarta, Indonesia.
again decided to utilise Masterplan main man Roland Grapow (ex Helloween) for some of the recording process with drummer Pavel Konvalinka recording drums at Grapow Studios in Slovakia. Roland went on to mix & master the album giving the album that special "X – Factor".
Stargazer features great sing along choruses,
emotive expression, impressive vocal work from arguably one of the best vocalists in the southern hemisphere – John Cavaliere, soaring dual guitar solos from guitarists Stevie Janevski & Hanny Mohamed , pounding bass from Evan Harris & awesome thundering power drumming from Pavel Konvalinka.
With influences ranging from Judas Priest,
Dio, Manowar, Queensryche and Helloween the new album shows a band that wears their influences on their sleeves yet also one that is also striving to create new unique and powerful songs. The title track "Stargazer" is reminiscent of old school classic metal whilst songs such as "Holy Killers" and "Edge Of The World" get our pulse racing from the get go. "Lost Horizon" and "Journey To The Soul" showcase the bands knack for catchy anthems whilst the bare bones acoustic track Shine is an emotion filled ballad which reminds of Coverdale's excellent Soldier Of Fortune. We are also introduced to the haunting "Symphony Of Death" and "Killing Hand" which are both lyrically intriguing, something sure to get the general public talking.
have always shown great passion for the music they play. They've helped spread the word with tours of Europe, Asia and Australia, playing alongside heavyweights such as Helloween, Saxon, Blind Guardian, Paul Dianno, Edguy, Hammerfall and Dragonforce many of whom were overwhelmed by the bands powerful energy.
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.
's amazing cover art theme continues with Dirk Illing (Scorpions/Wizard) again adding the fifth part to the Black Majesty
will release their eagerly awaited new album titled Stargazer (mixed by Roland Grapow – Masterplan / ex – Helloween) in Europe on July 20th 2012 with release dates for the rest of the world to follow.