Out of the ashes of ReinXeed comes Majestica to fill your ears with galloping fast drums, blazing riffs and solos and bass work that equals the complexity from the guitars.
Before joining Sabaton, guitarist/vocalist Tommy Johansson was busy with his own power metal band ReinXeed, but unfortunately as Sabaton grew, ReinXeed seemed to just fade away. Now the band is back and known as Majestica, a nod to the 2010 ReinXeed album Majestic.
Given the tagline “Swedish symphonic power metal”, my expectations were pretty much set as to what I was going to hear when I fired this album up. The band chose to make a video for the first track “Above the Sky” which shows the band playing the scarily fast power metal track on an airport runway. Much along the lines of Dragonforce, the song is as much a vehicle to showcase the talents of the musicians as it is a regular song. The very opening is even an amazing bass riff by Chris David. As expected for the genre, vocals are clean and clear and show quite a bit of range from Tommy ReinXeed although the highest register pieces seem a bit forced and thin compared to the rest. The song gallops along at breakneck speed with periodic perfect gang chorus sections, while all the time seeming to just set the stage for the inevitable trade-off guitar solos and drum and bass solo in this particular case.