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Metal Majesty is the new project of Aldous Byron Valensia Clarkson. Since Valensia is influenced a lot by the different acts of the 80's, he decided to start a project for performing music in the vein of his influences. The music on Metal Majesty albums is heavier than anything he has done in the past, and therefore he had to perform under a new name instead of using his own name (his debut album sold over one million copies, and the old fans might have been flabbergasted by the heavier material). Metal Majesty is Valensia's way of paying homage to some of his biggest influences (for example, Queen).
2005 is the second Metal Majesty album and it's the follow-up to the somewhat well-received debut "This Is Not a Drill". The music is mainly melodic and symphonic rock, of which the 80's is widely known of. Valensia's influences are easily recognisable from the music and bands like Queen, David Lee Roth, Whitesnake and Beatles among others seem to have influenced Valensia. The guitar solos are influenced by the guitar heroes of the 80's (Brian May, Steve Vai and the like). The Beatles influence is probably the most exiguous (it's only manifested in the beginning of fifth song, which paints a mental picture of Beatles' Eleanor Rigby).
Production on Metal Majesty is rather good... The sounds are rather clean and apposite, but there's slight distortion on some guitar solos. Otherwise, I don't have anything to complain about.
As an reiteration of the 80's rock scene's products, Metal Majesty delivers the goods rather well. The material is of quite even quality (there are only few weaker songs). In case you listen to melodic and symphonic rock, this album is worth checking out. Of course, there are people who can't stand 80's rock... In that case you'd better look for other releases.
Release date: 24.01.2005
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- MAGE (17.01.2005)
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